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Windy Moraine Trail-Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • Welch Road just east of M-109 (5.6K [3.5 mi.] north of Empire
  • Empire, MI 49630
  • (231) 326-4700
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  • Seasonal Experience: spring summer fallk winter
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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'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.