Windy Moraine Trail-Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • Address: Welch Road just east of M-109 (3.5 miles north of Empire), Empire, MI, 49630
  • Phone: (231) 326-4700
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    The Windy Moraine Trail is a 1.5 mile loop of hilly terrain through a beech-maple forest, old farm fields, and a pine plantation. From a high point along the trail, you can view Glen Lake, Lake Michigan, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Stop at the trailhead for a self-guiding brochure, with the theme of bio-diversity, that describes the scenery.  To access the trailhead, take Welch Road just east of M-109, 3.5 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 6-foot maximum leash.