The atmosphere is completely different in the winter, she said. (Courtesy Photo) Image 1 of / 3. During the winter, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is closed to vehicular traffic. People take in the views at the Lake Michigan Overlook along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. • Previous closures of park facilities including bathrooms, campgrounds, and the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center are still in place. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, seasonally closed since November 2019, will remain closed until further notice. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, seasonally closed since November 2019, will remain closed until further notice. • The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, seasonally closed since November, will remain closed. Photo courtesy of Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is still closed due to renovations, such as the re-roofing of the iconic covered bridge. The park also said that beach fires are prohibited until further notice, the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will remain closed and previous closures of park facilities are still in place. Previous closures of park facilities including bathrooms, campgrounds, and the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center are still in place. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will be open on weekends, starting July 11th but will be closed to all traffic on weekdays when the construction at the drive entrance will make it unsafe to enter. Image 1 of 3. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will remain closed until further notice, and beach fires are also prohibited. LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive at the Sleeping Bear Dunes has been closed for the remainder of Tuesday due to … Close. Effective immediately, the park is indefinitely closing all trails, trail heads, parking lots, picnic areas, boat launches, and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, park officials said Tuesday in a release. The Overlook, an observation point on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (closed for construction), gazes down on a 450ft near-drop. The park celebrates 50 years this month. Caption. EMPIRE — The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Leelanau County will open Saturday for the first time this season, thanks to several completed projects. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is still closed due to renovations, such as the re-roofing of the iconic covered bridge. For … People are warned to not descend because few have the lung capacity to get back up (in 2018, 17 people had to be rescued).