Platte Plains Trail-Sleeping Bear Dunes

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    This trail consists of three loops totaling 23.6K (14.7 mi.) of mostly flat terrain through pine plantations, open fields and, near Lake Michigan, some low beach dunes.  There are some short, steep hills on the Lasso Loop that leads to the White Pine Backcountry Campground.  Two trailheads are available.  For Otter Creek Trailhead: Take M-22 to Esch Road, (6.5K [4 mi.] south of Empire), turn west and proceed almost to Lake Michigan.  Park on wide shoulder and walk south on unpaved road to trailhead.  This also provides access to the Otter Creek Loop.  Trail's End Trailhead: Drive to the end of Trail's End Road off M-22, (9.7K [6 mi.] south of Empire).  This also provides access to Otter Creek Loop and Bass Lake Loop.  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.

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