The Dune Trail is a 3.5 mile round trip to Lake Michigan trail, requiring approximately three to four hours to complete. The path is adorned with grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers of the dunes. The terrain is steep and is strenuous with rugged dunes and loose sand. Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suntan lotion, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended. To access the trailhead, go to The Dune Climb off M-109, which is located 5 miles north of Empire. The National Lakeshore charges a visitor fee of $20 per vehicle for a seven day pass or $40 for an annual pass. Mountain bikes are not allowed on any of the National Park trails. Pets must be kept on a six-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.