Drive the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Empire, Michigan, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Drive one of the most scenic roads in all of America.

A seven mile drive that offers views that are unbelievable. There are twelve stops along the way that correspond with an interpretive guide that is found at the beginning of the drive. The drive takes you through multiple landscapes.  

The points of interest are as follows:

1. Covered Bridge

2. Glen Lake Overlook

3. Dune Overlook

4.  Cottonwood Trail

5. Dune Ecology (Educational Station)

6. Leaving the Sand Dunes (Educational Station)

7. Beech Maple Forest (Educational Station)

8. Changes Over Time (Educational Station)

9. Lake Michigan Overlook*

10. Sleeping Bear Dune Overlook (Shares a parking lot with #9)

11. North Bar Lake Overlook

12. Pine Plantation (Educational Station)

* There is a 450' dune that leads down to Lake Michigan. If you go down it will take approximately a hour and a half to get back up.

The educational stations do not all offer great views but do a great job of giving information about the ecosystems and etc.

The weather in the summer is extremely hot so make sure to bring water, a hat, and sunglasses. 

****A park permit will be required to go on this drive.  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
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If you're crunched for time, Pierce Stocking is a great way to see a lot of the Sleeping Bear Dunes in a short amount of time. And even if you aren't its still worth the time to drive it. Plus, there are some great sunset vistas to pullout at along the road as well.

7 months ago
7 months ago

This truly is one of the most beautiful places in North America. This is a great way to start day or end an afternoon. Afterward, hit up one of the many great restaurants in Glen Arbor, which is just a stones throw from where you are. Cheers.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Payton Bartlett

17 years old 🏕 Lake Ozark, MO 🏔 Spending as much time as possible outdoors

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