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Empire Bluff Trail

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Phone Number: 2313264700
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Description: Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking...
Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.
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A path less traveled

The Empire Bluff trail provides a good hike with hills and valleys that ends on the high edge of Lake Michigan along the south end of Empire, MI. It is free to visit and kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Empire Bluff trail provides a good hike with hills and valleys that ends on the high edge of Lake Michigan along the south end of Empire, MI. It is free to visit and kids enjoy the challenging hills more than adults. The views from the end of the trail are breathtaking and not to be missed. About halfway through... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We love this hidden trail. The trail is a mile and a half long in total with a few uphills and a few downhills. But I believe all fitness levels can do it. The view from here is totally worth it in my opinion. The boardwalk is a great photo spot. If you are lucky you can see people taking... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This 1.5 mile-long trail through beech-maple forest provides a pleasant walk. It ends at a section of boardwalk that offers a beautiful view of the hilly lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Dune itself. The trail is well-maintained, and our preteen grandchildren had no difficulty keeping up with the adults. We visited on August 06, several days after the big windstorm; it... More 

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We hiked this trail on Sunday, August 2nd - about two hours before the big storm hit the area. We almost made it to the viewing platform, when a thunderstorm came through. So we turned around and walked back to the parking lot - too windy and pouring down rain to check out the sights from the Bluff. I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

An absolute must if you're in the area. Take an hour out of your day, bring your camera and go check it out! You will not be disappointed. Shows the real beauty of Michigan that so many miss out on.

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

After paying $10 at the visitor's center to enjoy the parks, Empire Bluffs was my first stop! Located just a few miles from the Visitor's center, it can be easily missed. Be sure to turn onto Wilco Street and continue down until you reach a small parking lot. Timing is key…parking can fill up fast. Around 11am on a Saturday... More 

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Ballwin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Loved this trail and the views were awesome. Gorgeous weather, no humidity or heat, lots and lots of trees and really nice trail

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St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great little trail, not difficult at all, only on hill. Beautiful view at end!! Mostly shaded the whole way, only 1.5 miles round trip.

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falmouth, maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

short 1.5 mile walk, moderately challenging. I had no idea what to excpect here, as I figured a sand dune was a big mound of sand. These are hills, up to 1000 feet, of sand, although with enough plant life to maintain the integrity of the dune. This is a fairly easy climb just south of the town of empire,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It's worth a quick trip up to Empire Bluff every year just for the view. It's one of the very best overlooks of Lake Michigan and Empire in the area. If you're a hiker, this will only take you about 30 minutes round-trip, including time at the top to admire the view. (Or 60 minutes by snowshoe in the winter)... More 

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