Dunes Sunset

Dunes Camping

Ludington Beach State Park



The Nordhouse Dunes in western Michigan are a wilderness area of desolate sand dunes set aside to protect the fragile seashore environment. Camping is allowed above the expansive beaches, among small stunted pines and grasses. Quiet, calm, peaceful, the dunes see many campers, beachcombers and hikers during the summer months, but it is still possible to find an oasis of solitude if you walk far enough down the beach from the trailhead.

Getting there is easy. From Grand Rapids, Michigan, take I-96 west to Muskegon. Take U.S. 31 North to the second Ludington exit and follow signs to Manistee. (You'll bypass Scottville.) At the BP gas station, turn left onto Forest Trails Drive (also known as Road #5629). Go 5 miles to Quarterline Road and turn south. Turn west onto Nurnberg Road and park in the lot at the stop sign. Trailheads jump off into the woods at the trail map, and lead about a mile down to the lake.