Exploring Harbor Shores | Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

Exploring Harbor Shores

Harbor Shores is known for its world class golf course, but there is so much more to enjoy. With 12 miles of paved and unpaved trails open to the public, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a walk, hike, bike ride, etc. through this delightfully scenic area of southwest Michigan.

Harbor Shores offers several different parking lots along the trail system; maps of the trail system are conveniently located online and at several of the parking locations. Two of the parking locations provide the public with access to the Paw Paw River for launching watercraft.

ThirdCoastPaddle IMG 7847There are several great ways to explore the area, Third Coast Paddling offers kayak and SUP rentals at the Paw Paw River and at Jean Klock Beach. Additionally, Scooter Joe's offers a kayak rental with shuttle service to several launch locations. Moreover, you can also rent bikes, golf carts and boats from Scooter Joe's. One of the newest offerings in the area is Southwest Michigan Cycleboat, it is great for groups looking for a unique way to party on the river.

HarborShores IMG 7143Harbor Shores nature & fitness trails weave their way through the golf course, wetlands and up to the dunes at Jean Klock Park. Most of the trail system is easily accessible and a great way to see wildlife including; deer, squirrels, rabbits, frogs, turtles, geese, ducks, herons and many song birds. There are several places to stop and rest and even a small fishing dock located along the Paw Paw River. The trails also provide an opportunity to see several of the tee marker sculptures created by Water Street Glassworks artists Jerry Catania and Josh Andres.

JeanKlock DSC 5223At Jean Klock Park, visitors can enjoy swimming, a boardwalk, volleyball courts, an observation tower, pavilion, bathhouse, concession area, and playground. The park is also home to a variety of artwork including sculptures from the Krasl Art Center, Richard Hunt and ARS Gallery, there are also glass tile mosaics on a pavilion made by Water Street Glass Works' Fired Up! students.

ArtsDistrict IMG 4412While out exploring the trails be sure to stop at the arts district in Benton Harbor to view and enjoy sculptures, murals, delicious restaurants, breweries, art galleries and more.

Golf, kayaking, walking, cycling, fishing and more. Harbor Shores offers a fun and convenient way to get outside, exercise and enjoy both the urban and natural spaces in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area.

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