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Address: Empire, MI
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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Easy walk with one of the most Beautiful Views you have ever seen!

Can't say enough. Easy hike with a breathtaking view from the overlook. Will do this hike every time I am back in the area...which I hope to be every year! Michigan has become... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Maggie E
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Can't say enough. Easy hike with a breathtaking view from the overlook. Will do this hike every time I am back in the area...which I hope to be every year! Michigan has become my family's favorite vacation destination.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I really enjoyed hiking the empire bluff trail. We are not avid hikers but enjoyed the experience as it is a light to medium hike and the forest in early June was so beautiful. While hiking we saw many different types of trees, ferns and wild flowers. While the view at the end of the trail is... More 

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Michigan Center, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Incredible view of the dune; moderately strenuous hike. 1.5 miles round trip. Well worth it! Get to the end of the path, and relax on the bluff, with Lake Michigan a couple hundred feet below you.

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Riverview, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is one of my favorite hikes at the park (although it is really hard to choose)! It is a short hike uphill and it isn't too bad! The forest that you hike through to get to the top is quite lovely and depending on time of year the floor can be covered in a lush green floor of ferns... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a quick, fairly easy walk through beautiful Michigan trees that drops you at one of the best views of Lake Michigan. Anyone in decent shape should be able to do this walk with no problem. My mom, sister and I did it carrying camera gear in about 15 minutes. We got lucky on our trip and two gentlemen... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My partner and I visited in October 2014 during a rather blustery and dreary day. Still, the hike through the woods was very relaxing. When you reach the part you start to ascend the back of the bluff, it starts to get exciting! We loved the boardwalk as you step out of the woods and onto the bluff itself. Being... More 

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Traverse City, MI
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The Empire Bluff dune trail is a 15 minute walk thru a deep rich upland forest filled with tall trees and a green forest floor that is a solid cover of wildflowers in May. You can walk there each week in May and see a different set of flowering woodland flowers. The first week is the Dutchman Britches, then the... More 

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Bay City, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Nice walk in the woods ending with a stunning view of Lake Michigan and South Bar Lake. Fairly easy walking distance and just a little hard enough to make you work.

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Hell, Michigan
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478 reviews 478 reviews
136 attraction reviews
482 helpful votes 482 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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