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Empire Bluff Trail

Empire, MI
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Empire
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Owner description: Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Owner description: Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.

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Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
107 helpful votes 107 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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8 reviews 8 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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402 reviews 402 reviews
115 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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