Family Vacations at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Family Fun Above and on the Water
Pack a picnic (don't forget sunblock, insect repellant, and your camera), load up the gang, and head north from Glen Arbor on M-22 about 3 miles to Port Oneida Road. Turn left and drive about 1/2 mile to the trailhead for the Pyramid Point trail. The trail is 2.75 miles long and has a 1/2 mile spur which leads to a spectacular lookout over Lake Michigan. It is hilly but can be handled by younger and older people at a relaxed pace. We strongly discourage walking down the face of the bluff.
Return to the car and go back to M-22 and turn left. Drive about 3.5 miles to CR-669 and turn left. Turn left again just before CR-669 dead ends at Lake Michigan and drive 1/2 mile to the Shalda Creek Parking area. Take the picnic, head for the beach and have fun!
You must also drive the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The drive is only 7.4 miles long and there are only five overlooks but you should plan on spending half a day - more if you plan to picnic or watch the sunset. To start, get an interpretive guide at the entrance. The numbered signs along the way relate to information in the guide. They and the intrepretive materials you'll find at every stop will help you understand and enjoy more of the history and geology of this area. The world-class vistas will introduce you to a Michigan you never thought possible. Certainly, that will be your feeling when 450 feet about the water at the Lake Michigan Overlook. They will also show why Congress saw fit to designate this land as a national lakeshore.
Please drive slowly to increase your own enjoyment and so motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can also enjoy the trip. Please do not try to bike the drive unless you are an expert cyclist as the terrain is steep, some curves are sharp and heavy traffic is sometimes present. A Lakeshore Pass which costs $10 and is good for 7 days is required.