|Hungerford Lake--seemed like a nice little lake with very warm water.|
|Nice site, even some sun for the solar panels!|
|The road into the NF that passes several dispersed camping sites.|
"Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets."
No toilets at the very nice site I selected but dispersed camping is free in National Forests that allow it.
|I needed one with some sun for the Tank's solar panels--this one worked!|
Fire ring: Yes
Water Access: Less than a mile away
Fresh Water: Yes
Trash Service: Yes
Dump station: No
Level sites: Yes
Verizon reception: 3G, 1 bar if you use a booster
Millenicom reception: 1 bar with a booster
Cost: $15 / night
I used a cell signal booster during my stay at Huron-Manistee NF and it really made a difference! I'll do a separate post on it later, you might want to get one.
Hungerford Recreation Area has 40 miles of horse paths and 11 miles of mountain bike trails that wind through the super tall trees of the National Forest. Horses are not allowed on the mountain bike trails so you don't encounter any "surprises" left by a horse while you are biking. Also there is the aforementioned Hungerford Lake for water sporting although I'm not sure the lake is big enough to water ski on unless you just drove in a big circle. The main attraction to camping here was the giant trees! They are so dense that much of the camping areas and trails are perpetually in the shade. I was extremely fortunate to snag a site that got several hours of sun but that site was by far the exception.
For horse owner/enthusiasts the equestrian campground in the Recreation Area is a no-brainer. I don't know of another National Forest with as many miles of horse trails and a dedicated campground. Mountain bikers who can snag one of the non-equestrian campsites will find Hungerford Recreation Area a fun bike. I enjoyed my dispersed camping experience here and you sure can't beat the price!
Thanks for reading!