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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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Gaylord, Michigan, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Toledo, Ohio
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Easy trek through the woods to amazing views atop Empire Bluffs. What's not to love? Whats not to love?

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

I can't say how many times I've hired this short but hilly trail out to the bluff. I proposed to my wife there, so that should tell you the review is going to be favorable. The trail is short at a mere 1.5 miles round trip, but very hilly, and very worthwhile. The view from the sandy lookout overlooks Lake... More

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Los Angeles, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
61 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

If you want to take the ultimate walk with breath-taking scenery than don't miss out on Empire Bluff Trail. On a clear summer day you'll feel on top of the world on the Empire Bluff Trail. It's Spectacular!

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Overall this is a nice hike. There are some steeper hills to go up-and-down but the hike is short. The views are beautiful. The trail is not stroller friendly and I brought my three-year-old who I needed to carry most of the way.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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