Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a non-motorized trail that showcases destinations within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the two Lakeshore towns of Glen Arbor and Empire. Currently the trail is 20 miles end to end including a 3 mile route on the road through Glen Arbor. There are 5 miles remaining to complete the 27-mile trail. Trail users can access these destinations without an automobile thanks to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: Dune Climb; Glen Haven’s Maritime Museum, General Store and Blacksmith’s Shop; DH Day Campground; Port Oneida Rural Historic District’s cemetery, Olson and Kelderhouse Farms and North Unity School.
The first segment opened in June 2012 connecting Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb. In 2014 an additional 5.5 miles was added from the Dune Climb to Empire. The following year in 2015 the trail continued north of Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road and in 2016 another 3.5 miles were added through Port Oneida to Bohemian Road. In the rural historic district the trail is a crushed aggregate surface otherwise it is asphalt and boardwalk over wetlands.
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes grooms the segment between Glen Arbor and Empire in the winter for cross-country skiing. The trail is wonderful for runners, cyclists and walkers and provides opportunities for wildlife viewing especially along the stretch of boardwalk on Narada Lake in Port Oneida.
TART Trails partnered with several organizations to get this trail on the ground. To donate or learn more about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail visit sleepingbeartrail.org or contact Pam Darling, Development Director for TART Trails (Pam@TraverseTrails.org or 231.941.4300)
- Empire to Bohemian Road is 17 miles (3 miles of on-road connection through Glen Arbor)
- Boardwalk, Crushed limestone, Hilly, Paved