This is a 2.4K (1.5 mi.) 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. Trailhead: Welch Road just east of M-109 (5.6K [3.5 mi.] 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.
Stop by the Traverse City Tourism Visitor Center for a printed map or download a map from Michigan Trails Maps for a small fee.