Empire Bluff Trail Sleeping Bear Dunes | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
The Empire Bluff Trail is 1.5 miles round trip hiking trail with incredible views of Lake Michigan and the towering Sleeping Bear Dunes. There are boardwalks leading to an overlook that is just magnificent.
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If you only have time for one Sleeping Bear Dunes trail during your Michigan vacation, I would choose this trail as it is not too difficult or time consuming + the views are absolutely worth it! We hope you love our Empire Bluff Trail photos!
The National Lakeshore charges a visitor fee of $25 per vehicle for a seven day pass. You can purchase passes at the Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. You can also purchase them at the Dune Climb and at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
Empire Bluff Trail difficulty:
The Empire Bluff Trail has some level areas and some pretty sleep inclines. If you have unsure footing I would not attempt this trail. The Empire Bluff Trail Sleeping Bear Dunes is a dirt trail that is narrow at times and several areas have sharp drop offs.
Yes you will need a park pass for the Empire Bluff Trail. The National Lakeshore charges a visitor fee of $25 per vehicle for a seven day pass.
Empire Bluff Trail Address: Parking lot, Wilco Rd, Empire, MI 49630
Empire Bluff Trail Directions: From Empire, travel south on M-22 and turn right onto Wilco. The trailhead will be on your left.
Yes, but they must be on a maximum of a 6 foot leash.
Yes, there is a single porta-john on the right side of the trail just a few feet from the parking lot. I always pack TP and hand sanitizer.
The Empire Bluff Trail is 1.5 miles round trip to the top with incredible views of Lake Michigan. You can't get lost, it's a straight line with trail markers 1-6 so you can mark your progress. The parking lot is gravel.
This is one of our favorite Sleeping Bear Dunes trails, so be sure to enjoy it! Isn't it beautiful!?
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Can my kids hike up this trail? Just wondering how hard it is. Answer Hi Jenny, Thanks for asking! Really, it depends on the ages of your …
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We will be visiting soon and I'm searching for info. Thanks! Answer Hi Kelly, You will need a Sleeping Bear Dunes pass for any hikes in the …