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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
Phone Number: 2313264700
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Nice Drive with Worthwhile Stops

Don't miss this drive while visiting the dunes. The drive provides even better views than the dune climb just down the road. The dune overlook is nice but be sure to stop at the... read more

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FullTimeTraveller51
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Don't miss this drive while visiting the dunes. The drive provides even better views than the dune climb just down the road. The dune overlook is nice but be sure to stop at the Lake Michigan overlook, Walk a very short distance up the trail and there's a wooden platform jutting out over the dunes 400+ feet above the lake.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the coolest places to visit. Amazing dune down to the beach that you can walk down and struggle up but the view can't be captured in pictures. A must see.

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Mattawan, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good for all ages, regardless of mobility. Spectacular views, with little hiking, or you can really challenge yourself. Great way to spend a few hours.

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Ashland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the scenic drive after having done the dune climb not realizing you could drive to the top for an overlook of the dunes and Lake Michigan. The Lake Michigan Overlook was a serious "Wow!" moment. Amazing view.

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Brossard, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a 30 min car drive of about 10km through the forest of sleeping bear national forest. The last 2 view points are worth the trip. Huge sand bluffs (dunes) going down to the lake. Go to the lake only if you are fit as the climb is quite strenuous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went twice. Site #9 is breathtaking. Do the cottonwood trail for full immersion in the dune-scape. If my kids were older, I'd bike it. Very well maintained road with many places to stop and picnic. You have to go here to appreciate it.

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Empire, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This lovely drive gives you a real sense of the dunes without having to work for it. You get a sense of the scope of the dunes and there are some particularly lovely lookouts. The Lake Michigan Overlook is wonderful and worth walking out to see. It will take about 45 minutes, if you do all of the overlooks, which... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some awesome views. The drive was easy, and with several incredible views of the lake shore definitely worth the time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hubby and I did this drive while heading south after seeing the dunes up close. It was a longer scenic drive then expected but that was great since I was thinking at the beginning that it would be over in 10 min. There are a few spots where you can pull off to the side of the road or into... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This drive is a nice way to get an overview of Sleeping Bear Dunes and has a number of stopping points with beautiful vistas. It is a one-way loop through part of the park and during peak season (we were there the last week of July) it was packed with visitors. It was still well worth the time, but patience... More 

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