As a port city sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, South Haven holds a special place in the hearts of travelers. While it’s exciting to venture to this destination in the name of dining, events, and festivals, it’s nature that beckons outdoor enthusiasts to return time and again. The many hiking trails and sensational shoreline make this a wonderful location to get out and get into nature. While you’re here, you won’t want to miss a chance to explore one of the most intriguing locales in South Haven. Come and enjoy an area dedicated to preserving the beauty of nature that goes by the name Pilgrim Haven.
A History of Pilgrim Haven in South Haven
North of Van Buren State Park lies the natural area known as Pilgrim Haven. Loved by locals and visitors alike, this pristine piece of land carefully preserves beautiful natural habitats and provides a space for visitors to indulge in the wonders of the great outdoors. Pilgrim Haven in South Haven sprawls across 27-acres of ground and came under the ownership of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC) in 2011 upon transfer from the Parish Estate. For nearly 70-years, the land now known as Pilgrim Haven was utilized primarily as a campground by educational groups including Camp Fire of America. The Parish family purchased the land in 1985 to avoid the potential for commercial development on the land in the future. The fate of this scenic space was sealed with the gifting of the land to the SMLC who has worked hard to maintain its purpose as a place of tranquility and communion with the outdoor world.
Beach and Beyond
Pilgrim Haven in South Haven hugs the shores of Lake Michigan and 750-feet of sandy ground make up the public beach where visitors are encouraged to soak up the sun and enjoy a dip in the water. Nearby public parking and walking paths make access to the beach convenient for pedestrians. In keeping in line with Pilgrim Haven’s goal of maintaining a balance between public access and natural preservation, a team of local volunteers consistently maintains and adjusts pathways to promote a sustainable space for wildlife and foliage surrounding the beach. Towering trees and gentle waves make this beach a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with family and friends.
A South Haven Stay to Remember
Traveling to South Haven is a treat any time of year but when you’re coming to explore the sensational sights that surround Lake Michigan, let Beachwalk Properties book you an unforgettable stay. Live the Lake Michigan experience when you book a customized home perfectly suited to your vacation expectations. We’ll make sure your stay is comfortable, luxurious, and conveniently located near those destinations you’re excited to explore. Contact us today to plan your Michigan adventure!