Empire Bluff Trail-Sleeping Bear Dunes

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    The Empire Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile round trip trail 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. To access the trailhead, take Wilco Road off M-22, about 1.7 miles 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 six-foot maximum leash.