Luzerne Horse Trail Campground and Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Shore to Shore Campgrounds and Trailheads

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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No Fee
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • 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 section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: January 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 14
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Luzerne
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (989) 826-3252
Information Center:

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Location - Michigan Shore to Shore Horse Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Huron OHV Trails
    • Meadows ORV Trail System
    • MCCCT
    • Meadows ORV Campground

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is gated in the off season, but not closed: 
    • The Individual/Family camping area is open year-round. 
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities available.



Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

Horse Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Water Pump - 5,000 watt generator needed, generator not provided
  • Picnic Table/Area
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
Size RestrictionsNo
Loading RampNo
No. of Sites
  • Single: 10
  • Group: 1 (50 people or more)
Hitching RailsNo
Watering TankYes

Winter Sports

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Parking 30 vehicle capacity - with trailers