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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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English first
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

While the Pyramid Point Trail was my favorite easy trail of our trip, this one was lovely as well. We went in the morning, but I wish that we'd had the time and energy for a sunset trip. It was an easy trek.

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West Coast, Michigan
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice 1.5 mile round trip hike. We started out in the rain and ended up with some awesome views of SBD and Empire. Well worth the short hike!

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Bear Lake, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Here is the best way to do this amazing trail....drive north up M-22 and make a left at the only light in Empire, which is the junction of M-72. Go thru the quaint little town, making a note of any shops you would like to visit on the way back. At the stop sign, make a left and follow that... More

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DeWitt, Michigan
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80 reviews 80 reviews
47 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We love Sleeping Bear Dunes NLS and the Empire Bluff Trail is a fairly easy 1.5 mile (round trip) trail. This is a shady hike on a warm summer day but it is especially popular near sunset. At the overlook, there are several wooden benches to enjoy the view … and what a view! You can’t go wrong with a... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail in mid-May and it was great. The trees and grass were vibrant green and there were pretty wildflowers along the trail. The trail itself is only 1.5 miles roundtrip so it is perfect for families with children. The end of the trail leads you to an overlook of lake michigan, south bar lake,... More

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Empire, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is one of the most "bang for your buck" trails in the entire park. It is only 1.5 miles long (that is for the total round trip), but you get beautiful woods, sand dunes, and a stunning vista looking out over Lake Michigan at the top of the trail. There are some hills, but they are short and the... More

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

What a wonderful surprise to hike this trail as part of SBD. It had some steep parts, but all well maintained and the boardwalk had amazing views. It was a blustery day & it was not busy. There was no trail map, but we enjoyed the fall colours and the peaceful walk.

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Grandville, MI
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Situated very close to downtown Empire, the Bluff Trail is a nice 45-60 minute activity for most anyone. The trails are nicely maintained, though there is a small amount of elevation and gentle terrain, so wheelchairs and strollers would not be suitable. Hike through the woods for 15 minutes or so to emerge into a breathtaking panorama of pristine blue... More

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Nashville, TN
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514 reviews 514 reviews
316 attraction reviews
485 helpful votes 485 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

After parking in the lot, we picked up a trail map from the box at the trailhead. The one page brochure gives interesting information about places and things along the trail. Be sure to return the paper to the box for the next hiker's benefit. This trail has a variety of scenery. We walked through the forest, checked out the... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A very nice hike through beautiful forest, with small critters scampering about and pileated woodpeckers calling out. The hike itself is worth the trip, but the reward, the boardwalk area at the end - magnificent. A great hike, worth doing over and over, but take a camera - it's different each trip.

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