This is a 3.9K (2.4 mi.) loop of hilly terrain through a beech-maple forest with a few small clearings and pine plantations. The trailhead parking lot is at the entrance of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The National Lakeshore charges a visitor's fee of $15 per vehicle for a seven day pass or $30 for an annual pass. Mountain bikes are not allowed on any of the National Park trails. Pets must be kept on a 6-foot maximum leash.
Stop by the Traverse City Tourism Visitor Center for a printed map or download a map from Michigan Trails Maps for a small fee.