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Empire Bluff-Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • Wilco Road off M-22, (2.7K [1.7mi] south of Empire
  • Empire, MI 49630
  • (231) 326-5134
  • E-Mail  |  Website
  • Seasonal Experience: spring summer fallk winter
Maps & Directions

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'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.