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Empire Bluff Trail

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Address: Empire, MI
Phone Number: 2313264700
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Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail...

Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.

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Great spot to look at the dunes. It was cold but not to long of a walk. Awesome time! Would recommend for all ages. Scenic views were great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stephanie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great spot to look at the dunes. It was cold but not to long of a walk. Awesome time! Would recommend for all ages. Scenic views were great.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been hiking this trail for over 30 years and it never fails to delight me and my guests. Whether you hike in the winter (as I did today) or in the warm weather, this is an easy, beautiful hike, with some hills and an incredible view of Lake Michigan at the end. Great to combine with Sleeping Bear Dune... More 

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Thank MamaTravelsChicago
Amherst, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an easy hike through the woods to a decent view of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A self-guided brochure is available at the trailhead. The trail ends at post #6 in winter because of hazardous ice and snow conditions on the boardwalk and bluffs. 1.5 mile round trip hike with benches for resting. More info on the National... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

So beautiful. Hike was fine for 6 and 5 year olds and parents. Through the woods, up some hills, beautiful vistas, and AMAZING sunset, sugar sand. Can't say enough about how much we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this. Lady at the gas station in Empire was helpful on how to get here, it's a little tricky. Thank you gas station lady!

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The trail is not difficult at all.. takes you about 15 mins.. Beautiful views of the sand and the lake... Everyone should try out this trail.. There are benches to sit and relax at the top! Make sure you carry some water.

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Piedmont, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is a pleasant, relatively easy trail that leads to a payoff of a view overlooking Lake Michigan and South Bar Lake. The lakeshore view isn't quite as dramatic as we'd expected, but it's pretty. It was also pretty cool and windy when we were at the bluff overlook, so we didn't stay long.

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Thank Kredit
Logan, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

it is a moderate hike, but well worth it. The first hill up from the parking lot is the worst. Afternoon is the best time for lighting on the dunes.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The Empire Bluff Trail is 1.5 miles round trip. Rated easy to moderate. It has some uphill points that make it a bit on the moderate side for some with a sandy boardwalk that can make it a bit of a challenge. The views are well worth the hike. Views of Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes Shoreline are... More 

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Grandville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

After some research we decided that the Empire Bluff Trail was going to be the best option for a nice hike for our group. We planned it the same day of from the visitors center and found it easily using the map on the handy dandy Sleeping bear dunes map from the NPS. There is a small dirt parking lot... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Here is a great family adventure. You can walk (or bicycle) along the shore line without having to be an olympic athlete. Bring water and enjoy

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