Hoffmaster State Park
Hoffmaster, United States
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P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is a state park along Lake Michigan located at the southwest corner of Norton Shores, Michigan in Muskegon County, Michigan. It is operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The park includes 1,100 acres (4 km2) of land including 3 miles (5 km) of sand beach on the lake. There are ten miles (16 km) of hiking trails, including the Dune Climb Stairway on the tallest dune. Three miles (5 km) of trail are groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing. There are two campgrounds and a beach.
The park is named after P.J. Hoffmaster, sometimes considered the founder of the Michigan state parks system, who served as the Superintendent of State Parks and Director of the Department of Conservation. The nature center is named for Emma Genevieve Gillette, who scouted locations for new state parks under Hoffmaster. The park made national headlines on July 8, 2009 when a man fell asleep in his truck and backed over his family tent, injuring his wife and two young children.
The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center features interactive exhibits related to the sand dune ecosystem within the park. The center also has live animals and an auditorium, and offers many nature programs for the public.
Coordinates: 43°7′32″N 86°16′1″W / 43.12556°N 86.26694°W / 43.12556; -86.26694
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