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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
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Wonderful, winding, scenic drive through Michigan woods that overlook spectacular views of the famous dune areas in Northern Michigan.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful, winding, scenic drive through Michigan woods that overlook spectacular views of the famous dune areas in Northern Michigan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've driven Pierce Stocking more than once and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys scenic nature drives.

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salem, wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We usually visit this area in December, which means the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is closed to cars. This is fine for us, because we enjoy it the most walking or snow shoeing the drive. It is so peaceful and quiet, because there is little to no one else around. You can really enjoy all the sites without feeling rushed.... More 

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Pinckney, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nicknamed "Tunnel of Trees" this is a favorite drive for motorcycle rides and bicycles as well as cars. It follows the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is hilly and you get some fantastic views. Very hilly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

One of the most beautiful drives in the world. Capture the beauty of this area with easy to drive paved road with multiple stopping points to capture those perfect moments on the camera. National Park Service keeps this place beautiful and protected. Day trips only. No camping here. Avoid the crowd by going early.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is well worth the $10 National park fee. Amazing views in several different areas. Take the walk and go up to see the dunes.

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Empire, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

No words describe the beauty. This is a place to sooth the soul and enjoy the awesome gift of nature b

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Hammond, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This area of the Sleeping Bear Dunes NLS is truly a hidden gem in the National Park Service. Pierce Stocking is not well advertised and it is definitely a little challenging to find, however it is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Dunes, the National Park Service or nature in general. This is a fee area, so visitors... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

A great way to see the Dunes without having to climb them. The drive takes you to a number of scenic overlooks where there is a place to park and short walks to well maintained viewing areas. All are great places for photogs. Our favorite is the Lake Michigan Overlook at sunset. If it's a bit cloudy, even better. The... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We make a point to see the sunset from Pierce Stocking. It is the best there is. The amazing, winding road up to the lookout is worth the trip alone. Take the kids, let them run 450 feet down to the lakeshore and crawl back up. Pure Michigan at its best.

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