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Bay View Trail-Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • Thoreson Road
  • Empire, MI 49630
  • (231) 326-4700
  • E-Mail  |  Website
  • Seasonal Experience: spring summer fallk winter
Maps & Directions

Moderate Hiking An 11K (7 mi.) hilly trail divided into several shorter loops through a beech-maple forest, old farm fields and a pine plantation.  The Lookout Point on the loop north of Thoreson Road provides a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.  Trailhead: Northbound vehicles take the second Thoreson Road junction off M 22, (5.6K [3.5 mi.] north of Glen Arbor).  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.