Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

The first 4-mile section of trail connecting Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb opened June 2012, providing car-free access to amenities and attractions including Glen Haven, DH Day Campgrounds and Glen Arbor. In June 2014, the 5.5-mile segment from the Dune Climb to Empire opened, creating a 9.5-mile paved connection between Glen Arbor and Empire.

The next section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Fisher Road to Port Oneida Road opened May 2015. This segment adds 3.5 miles to the 9.5 miles of previously completed trail. This portion of trail includes 600 feet of boardwalk over wetlands paralleling Westman Road and connects users to Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

In 2016 the trail was constructed to CR 669 (Bohemian Rd). Eventually it will go all the way to CR 651 (Good Harbor Trail). Visit sleepingbeartrails.org/maps to view maps. It provides as much detail as you want about the trail conditions, parking, bathrooms, museums, and businesses along the trail!

When complete, SBHT will stretch 27 miles—from the northern end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Good Harbor Beach at County Road 651), to Manning Road, just south of Empire. To safely accommodate users such as hikers, bicyclists, walkers, cross-country skiers and people of all physical abilities, the trail will measure 10 feet wide and have two foot shoulders, and the surface will alternate between asphalt and smoothly compacted crushed limestone. Boardwalks will trace above wetlands to avoid filling any of these critical habitat areas. For the most part, the trail will run parallel to existing road corridors, and in the places where it departs, the trail will be built over old logging roads, abandoned railroads and existing trails to keep forest disruption to a minimum. Where the trail runs though the villages of Glen Arbor and Empire, users will divert to low-traffic roads, on routes approved by village councils.

TART Trails has partnered with several organizations to make this trail possible. To donate or learn more about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail please visit sleepingbeartrail.org or contact Pam Darling, Development Director for TART Trails (pam@traversetrails.org or 231-941-4300).

 

Trail Information

Length:
Empire to Bohemian Road is 17 miles (3 miles of on-road connection through Glen Arbor)
Type:
Boardwalk, Crushed limestone, Hilly, Paved

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Other Resources

Trail Map