Huron Sand Dunes is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Port Austin, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
great hike... beautiful
This very dog friendly trail has a spot for your four legged friend to hop in the water where the river meets Lake Huron. The sand bluffs provide plenty of space to tire out your dog, while on their required 6ft leash. There are several ways to reach the water from the trail, also providing beautiful vistas! We came in mid-September and the delta was still warm enough to wade in on a sunny day.
This trail starts just to the Northwest of the Port Crescent Road and M-25 intersection. The parking area is very small. You start out by crossing an old wooden bridge (with steel structure) and can hike the red or blue loops. The total of both trails is 2.3 miles. Much of both trails wander through wooded hills and sand dunes. The Lake Huron shoreline can be accessed from the blue trail. At the Southwest end of both the blue and red trails you are above the Pinnebog River and can look out to the Southwest across the river to see the Day Use area of the Port Crescent State Park or look North to the mouth of the river as it enters Lake Huron. There are several unmarked connecting trails as well. The trails are relatively easy and in good condition. It can also be accessed from the State Park campground by wading across what is called the "old channel" where it enters the lake.
The Day Use area is accessed further Southwest along M-25. It also has connecting loop trails that offer views of Lake Huron and some of it's shoreline from points up on the dune and from and observation platform. The nature trail is approximately 1 mile long and has a fine stone surface. The extended trail gets into a few easy hills and is about 3 miles long. All very pleasant hiking. And almost all wooded.