Hungerford Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Hungerford Lake Recreation Area

The Hungerford Recreation Area is a nonmotorized area consisting of over 6,500 acres of National Forest System lands. The area provides opportunities to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, horseback ride, mountain bike and enjoy the National Forests. The horseback riding and mountian biking trails are two seperate trails. The two trails cross each other at several locations, but "You Are Here" maps are located at trail junctions to aid in navigation. The trail is marked with blue diamonds for the mountain bike trail with a bike symbol and blue diamonds with horses for the horse trail.

Boat Launch/Lake campsites - The 30-acre lake offers a variety of fishing and boating opportunities. There are two campsites near the lake. Horses are not permitted in this area or in the lake. This site is particularly scenic during the fall. There is mixed federal and private ownership around the lake.

Family Campground - The horse trail and mountain bike connector trails located in the campground. The horseback trail connector trail is located near the group site. The trail camp is very popular during the summer with horseback trail riders. The loop campground is nestled in among a variety of leafy green tress.

Horseback Riding - There are over 40-miles of premier horse trails in the Hungerford Recreation Area.

Mountain Biking - There are two-loops for mountain bikes, creating a 10-mile trail.

Scenary and Topgraphy - The trails go through heavily forested areas of oak, maple, aspen, and red and white pine. At times riders will cross or utilize roads. Parts of the trails are suitable for less experienced riders, while other segments offer a more experienced riding opportunity. The topography ranges from hilly to very hilly. Riders will experience a range in scenery as they ride through the heavily forested areas and into open fields and meadows.

Brochure with map:  This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trailheads and boat launch are open until closed by snow (no plowing); Campgrounds open May 1 to Oct. 31. 
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Reservations: Reservations are needed for the group site from May 1 to Oct. 31. Visit Recreation.gov to make a reservation.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use - Horse Trailhead
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Camping - Horse Trail Camp
  • Per Night: $15.00
Boat Launch/Lake Sites and Mountain Bike Trailhead
  • 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: May 1 - Oct 31
Usage: Medium
Best Season: May to October
Restrictions: Allowed
  • Nonmotorized Use/Nonmotorized Snow Use
  • Saddle and Pack Animals (Horse Trail Only)
  • Mountain Bikes (Mountain Bike Trail Only)
Prohibited
  • Motorized Vehicles, Motorized Over-snow Vehicles
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
  • Occupancy and Use
Closest Towns: Big Rapids
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
Information Center:

General Information

General Notes:

Location -   Hungerford Recreation Area     

Nearby Recreation Areas - None

County - Newaygo  

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Hungerford Trail Camp is gated when closed
  • Hungerford Boat Launch, Horse Trailhead and Mountain Bike Trailhead are not gated when closed.
  • Hungerford Boat Launch, Horse Trailhead and Mountain Bike Trailhead are not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities are not available.

Directions:

From Big Rapids -

  • Travel west on M-20 for 8.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Cypress Ave. for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Hungerford Lake Dr. for .5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Forest Rd. 5134 for
    • Mountain Bike Trailhead: .25 miles. The site is located on the left.
    • Horse Trailhead: 1.5 miles. The site is located on the left.

Directions:

From Big Rapids -

  • Travel west on M-20 for 8.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Cypress Ave. for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Hungerford Lake Dr. for .5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Forest Rd. 5134:
    • Mountain Bike Trailhead: go .25 miles. Site is on the left.
    • Horse Trailhead: go 1.5 miles. Site is on the left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Toilets
Parking Trailheads - 21 vehicle capacity; Boat Launch - 5 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp Concrete
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer


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