Empire Bluff-Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • Address: Wilco Road off M-22, (2.7K [1.7mi] south of Empire, Empire, MI, 49630
  • Phone: (231) 326-5134
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    This is a 2.4K (1.5mi.) round trip through a beech-maple forest, open fields and dunes with a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.  The terrain is hilly.  Stop at the trailhead for a self-guiding brochure describing the scenery.  Trailhead: Wilco Road off M-22, (2.7K [1.7mi] south 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 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.