This is a stop along the Shore to Shore trail, a 420-mile trail system open to hiking and horseback riding, that stretches east-west from Empire to Oscoda with two additional northern and southern spur trails.

The parking lot is designed for trucks with horse trailers. This portion of trail features a unique cedar swamp ecosystem along the Big Creek/Luzerne boardwalk.

Generator Driven Water Pump available, a 5,000 watt generator is required to use pump.

No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served. There are 10 single sites and 1 group site (50 people or more). No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less). Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more). Visit the Passes and Permits page at for more information on obtaining a special use permit.

This site is gated in the off season, but not closed.


S Hazelwood Ave
Newaygo, MI 49337


Contact: (231)-775-2421

Length: 420-mile Shore to Shore trail system

Level: Unknown

Type: Riding, Hiking

Terrain: Hills, woods, meadows, fields, rivers

Parking/Staging: 30 vehicle capacity – with trailers.

Camping: Yes!


From Grayling –

  • Travel east on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on Deeter Rd./CR-F490 for 2 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Durfee Rd./FR 4551 for 1 mile.
  • The site is located on the left.

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