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Great hike with options for various lengths

My husband and I just returned from SBD National Park and this is one of three great hikes we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bethesda, Maryland
Beautiful overlook

This was one of the few hikes that we did and we were glad we chose this one-absolutely stunning... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Loop trail rated moderate in skill level takes hikers through three different environments : meadow, beach-maple forest and high bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
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Empire, MI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I just returned from SBD National Park and this is one of three great hikes we enjoyed with our 9 & 11 year old kids. It starts with a steady, but manageable, uphill trek to an astonishing view of Lake Michigan from...More

Thank travelingmom2674
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the few hikes that we did and we were glad we chose this one-absolutely stunning overlook over Lake Michigan at the top. We did the short trail to the overlook and back only. My seven-year-old loved building a sandcastle while we...More

Thank LindseyANDBrian
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can do part of this hike which will take you to beautiful views of Lake Michigan or the whole thing which will take you through the woods and allow you to take in so many different landscapes. A nice way to spend a couple hours...More

Thank Angie J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beginning of this trail is flat for a ways, then it gets tough and pretty much a hill up the rest of the way. On a sunny day, the view is spectacular. My 16 year old son went all the way down to the...More

Thank Debbie E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is about a half mile hike each way, the hill gets steep for part of it, and most people can make it without too much difficulty. If you are wheezing, relax and stop to enjoy the woods before going on. We have done it...More

Thank Lakeshark2
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We left Glen Arbor for Leland and stumbled onto this spectaular place. As we weren't prepared for a hike, almost didn't make the journey to the summit. We enjoyed the drive to the parking spot for the walk, almost as much as we did the...More

Thank Sue J
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We came here to take some cool photos and take a hike. The sand dune is definitely no for your average joe. The slope is extremely steep and long. The bottoms is definitely rewarding though!

Thank MKEliving
Reviewed 1 July 2017

For the most part, this is an easy hike. The only difficult part is walking through the sand of the dunes. Along the hike we saw beautiful wildflowers and an assortment of birds including a bluebird, cedar waxwing and others. We hiked about .5 miles...More

Thank maloney1969
Reviewed 23 June 2017

We are hikers as a family but if you are not, you should still "man-up" and do this half mile hike up the hill. IT IS WORTH IT! The views from this vantage point are incredibly impressive. The hike is mostly shaded so at least...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 8 June 2017

first of all not sure why this is under empire, as it is further up past glen haven. the birch trees at the start of the trail up are awesome, and than the steep climb begins to the top. once at the top you should...More

Thank Laura P
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Katie G
22 July 2017|
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Response from Sue J | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about dogs, but would assume, if they are on a leash would be OK. I can't imagine why they wouldn't be.
11 April 2017|
Response from mcelenti | Reviewed this property |
You can apply for a back country hiking permit that allows you to hike and camp off the trails in the park. You can have a campfire on Good Harbor beach which is at the north end of the park . This is a popular thing to do... More
27 February 2017|
Response from MaryDSmith | Reviewed this property |
No vehicles are allowed. For those who cannot hike, there are some beautiful overlooks on the Pierce Stocking Drive, which is near the town of Glen Arbor.