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Roadtreking: Who will you meet at the Sleeping Bear Dunes?

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

Roadtrekkers know just about any time is the right time to visit some special places. Rhonda and I get into the coolest spots, set up, play around in nature’s playground, and retire to our 210P whenever we want. The Platt River Campground in The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is one of our favorite haunts and we go often. There the dunes beckon, the sky invites and Lake Michigan positively seduces.

Heeding these siren calls on our last visit, we started from our campsite along a lakeside bound railroad trail. Trails like this, if you think about the train tracks you have seen, rarely rise or fall more than a 3 percent grade. That’s 3 feet up or down for every 100 feet traveled forward. Essentially, that’s flat. An easy-peasy walk.

This trail used to be a narrow gauge logging railroad that ran from near the mouth of the Pigeon River inland to the lush pine forests of the 1840’s. With the track long gone, all that remained was the roadbed sheltered by a canopy of birch, beech, and pine trees. Like everything in this area, sand was its base, though the park personnel have covered it with a thick layer of mulch to make the walking easier.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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