Nordhouse Dunes Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Free Soil, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This website has more details about this trail: http://www.getoffthecouch.info/mason/nordunes.htm
Great backpacking destination for dispersed camping. Don't be discouraged the posted route for this trail is only 3.5 miles, we turned it into 21 miles by doing a figure 8 loop from Nordhouse, to Ludington, to Lake Mich Rec Area, and back. I highly recommend this route or one similar if you truly want to experience the many different areas here. Also, if you prefer to put in some actual hiking miles. The inland dune area between nordhouse and ludington was the most strenuous section but my favorite by far. Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/4oMpYsPm7OM
Great trail to go out for a day hike on. highly recommend it
one of the most beautiful places I've ever been
Love it out there. Especially since it's dog friendly. Up the ante a bit and walk out from the state park along the beach. Spend the night and enjoy a nice fire on the beach. Can't beat it.
Trail not marked well, did not find loop, only saw two trail post signs.
One of the most beautiful places in Michigan
One of the best places for backcountry camping in lower Michigan.
Great for first time backpackers. The trail wasn't long and was easy. It is not marked though.
Beautiful views- loved being able to camp right on the beach.
I love this trail. Me and my friends did some overnight camping near the beach a few years in a row. So nice to sleep with the sound of wind and waves all around you. Lake Michigan is beautiful.
One of the best places I know for easy/moderate hiking & backpacking. Great for scenery and solitude.