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Alligator Hill Trail-Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • Stocking Road
  • Empire, MI 49630
  • (231) 326-5134
  • E-Mail  |  Website
  • Seasonal Experience: spring summer fallk
Maps & Directions

Three loops of 4-5K (2.5-3mi.) each plus a spur trail of 1.3K (.8 mi.) located off the first loop.  These hilly trails wind through a beech-maple forest, brushy fields and a pine plantation.  There is a view of Lake Michigan along the first loop and a view of Glen Lake at the end of the spur trail.  Both views are somewhat obscured by trees.  Horses are permitted on this trail.  Trailhead: From M 109, 1.6K (1 mi.) north of the Dune Climb, turn onto Day Farm Road.  At Stocking Road turn left.  Or take Stocking Road south from M 109 just east of D.H. Day Campground.  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 Trail Maps for a small fee.