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part ofHuron-Manistee National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Oct 28 2015   Season Dates


The Hungerford Recreation Area offers access to miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking in summer and snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter.

Two specific trails connect with the campground. One is specifically for horseback riding and the other is designed for biking. There is only one connector to the Horse Trail from the Hungerford Equestrian Group Campsite. There are a few small lakes located nearby, including, Hungerford Lake, Toogood Lake and Mud Lake.

Natural Features:

The campground is perched along lightly rolling hills in Manistee National Forest. It is about a mile north of Hungerford Lake and Campsites.

The lake spans 30 acres and is a favorite spot to see fall colors reflected on the calm waters. Manistee comprises 533,901 acres and meets the eastern shores of the great Lake Michigan.


Thirty-five plus miles of horseback riding trails and 10 miles of biking trails make the campground an ideal place for both equestrian campers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Hungerford Lake is located a half mile south of the Hungerford Family Campground and one and a quarter miles south of the Hungerford Equestrian Group Campsite. The area offers fishing and boating opportunities. Horses are not allowed in or around the lake area, but visitors interested in fishing are welcome to cast for bass, pike and panfish. There is a boat ramp located at the lake.


There are 8 individual sites within the group camp area. Each site can handle 8 people, the group camp area has a maximum number of 64 people. Each site can accommodate one horse trailer, two vehicles and eight people.

Picnic tables, lantern posts, fire rings, and picket poles to tether horses are provided at each of the eight sites. A vault toilet, manure disposal area, trash disposal, and large group campfire ring are provided for the campground. Drinking water is available at the Hungerford Campground, located 1 ¼ miles south of the site.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, which boasts a the largest area of fresh water interdunal ponds in the world.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Shade
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Drinking Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Church
  • Fuel Available
Know Before You Go
  • Do not tie horses directly to trees; horses must be at least 6 feet from any tree
  • No firearms or fireworks allowed
  • Fires in campfire rings only
  • No electric hookups available
  • Collect down and dead wood only for firewood
  • No off-road vehicles allowed in campground
  • For more information on Huron-Manistee National Forests, click here
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.71667, -85.62444
43°43'0"N, 85°37'28"W

From Big Rapids on US-131: Take M-20 west 8.5 miles to Cypress Ave. Go 0.5 miles north on Cypress Ave. Turn right on Hungerford Lake Drive and proceed 5 miles. Turn north on FR5134 and travel 2 miles to the group campsite.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Forest Road 5134
Big Rapids  MI  49307

Phone Number:

Information:  (231)745-4631
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