Top Adventures in Frankfort

  • Explore Point Betsie Lighthouse

    If you find yourself cruising M22 between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, be sure to check out this beautiful lighthouse. Turn off of M22 on to Point Betsie Rd. and follow the curving road all the way to Lake Michigan. There isn't a designated par...

  • Paddle the Platte River

    Starting at Riverside Canoe Rentals (located near the intersection of M-22 and Lake Michigan Rd), or the small park across the river, this trip will take you roughly 3 hours to float, but shorter if you are paddling.  But beware, starting here wil...

  • Camp at White Pine Campground

    This is one of the cheapest ways to stay near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore overnight. You'll have access to the beach right near your campsite. It's remote enough to be quiet, and it's not a very long hike.There are only 6 campsites avai...

    4 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    This moderately hilly boardwalk hike takes you to scenic viewpoints above Lake Michigan. The Sleeping Bear Dunes do not fail to impress, particularly at sunset.

    2 miles

  • Winter Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    Just outside the village of Empire is where this venture starts. This hike may be the most famous hike in the area. The Empire Bluff Trail provides incredible views of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan! The hike is sli...

    1.5 miles 170 ft gain

  • Drive the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

    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 o...

  • Hike Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    There are two approaches to conquering the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You can run to the top (the preferred method for those under the age of 10). Or, you can slowly trek up the side of this seemingly vertical wall of sa...

    3.5 miles

  • Hike to Big Glen Lookout

    Start at the Alligator Hill trail head and make your way up the hill for roughly .1 of a mile until you hit a marker. Turn left at the sign and keep on the trail for another 1.3 miles. You will hit a scenic lookout called Islands Lookout which you...

    4.4 miles

  • Hike the Ghost Forest Trail and the Dunes of Glen Haven

    Park your car at the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead in Glen Haven, Michigan, once parked find your way to the sign for point of reference with the map. You'll find that the Ghost Forest Trail is a 2.8 mile loop. You can start the loop at the trailh...

    3 miles

  • Hike the Sleeping Bear Point Trail

    The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with amazing views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike f...

    2.8 miles

  • Hike Pyramid Point Trail

    Beginning at the trailhead, the 2.8 mile round trip takes you on a gravel/sand trail up 570 feet. The trail slowly winds uphill until you hit an opening at the top that looks out at the Sleeping Bear Dunes and down on Lake Michigan. 

    2.8 miles 570 ft gain

  • Winter Hike Pyramid Point Trail

    The trail beings at the parking lot, it takes about 20 minutes to get to the famous overlook, about a 570 foot elevation gain. As you start the trail, after about .4 miles you will find a juncture off to your right, stay straight and it will lead ...

    2.8 miles 570 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Lake Township, Michigan

      Gleasons Landing

      Overview Gleasons Landing is a very popular campground on the banks of the Pere Marquette River. With a selection of shaded and secluded spots, the campground is perfect for peaceful nature immersi...

    • Honor, Michigan

      Platte River Campground

      Overview Platte River Campground is located in the southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. This year-round facility is one of the most popu...

    • Glen Arbor, Michigan

      D.H. Day Group

      Overview D.H. Day Group Campground is a tent-only facility located in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, about one mile north of the Dune Climb, where visitors can walk over miles...

    • Empire, Michigan

      D.H. Day Campground

      Overview D.H. Day Campground is located in the northern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS A MAP OF D.H. DAY CAMPGROUND: h...

    • Leland, Michigan

      South Manitou Group

      Overview South Manitou Group Campground is a tent-only backcountry facility on South Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. Campers must take a 1.5-hour ferry or...

    • Buckley, Michigan

      Traverse City KOA

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