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Empire Bluff Trail

Empire, MI
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Empire
Type: Hiking Trails
Description: Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.
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Hell, Michigan
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341 reviews 341 reviews
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We were looking for some shorter hikes today and Empire Bluff was perfect. It had some hills to help us with exercise and the view of Platte Bay and South Manitou Island were excellent. This is a trail we hadn't hiked on previous visits but I'm glad we hiked it today.

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Troy, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This trail was not very hard or long - I think 1.5 miles round trip. The boardwalk at the end provided the most amazing view! You are higher than you think! We went past the boardwalk and continued down the trail that goes alongside the sand dune for a bit longer. It actually goes really far but we didn't take... More

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Solon, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you have time for only 1 trail, this is the one to do. A very easy hike (15 minutes or so) to the vista view you do not want to miss. Children can easily do this hike as well. The view is just spectacular.

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OHIO, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This entire area is breathtaking!! I feel like the divide between heaven and earth is an thin as a veil! Words can't describe the beauty!! Please visit!

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IL
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went early-ish (around 10) and had the whole trail to ourselves. We had the end/top to ourselves for about 15 minutes too. All of us did the walk 3-39 with ease. We saw a woodpecker. The views are unbeatable. There are benches at the top to sit, have a snack, read a book, whatever….enjoy the views.

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Bellaire, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Although this is a short trail, it it absolutely lovely. The trail leads to a fantastic overlook. Early morning is best, to watch the fog lift, and the view unfold.

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Greenville, SC
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We did this hike in the morning and it wasn't crowded or difficult. The views were incredible. We followed it with the Pyramid Point hike, which was also amazing...it would be tough to pick my favorite!

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The trail is well maintained and fairly wide. There are a couple small hills. You mostly hike through deciduous woods, but when you get to the end the views of the lake and dunes are impressive. It would be a shame to come to this area and skip this hike, so do it!

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Gaylord, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Grab a coffee and a Danish and head out here for a quick hike and enjoy breakfast and coffee while it is still early and peaceful.

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Portage,IN
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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A must stop while in Sleep Bear Dunes area. We went there for a sunset, and were blown away by the views. A short mile hike, with only a few hills. Railings once you get to top along bluff. There was 8 benches or so on the bluff, but they were already occupied. Luckily, we brought our Tommy Bahama backpack... More

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