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Address: Empire, MI
Activities: Hiking
Description: Loop trail rated moderate in skill level takes hikers through three...
Loop trail rated moderate in skill level takes hikers through three different environments : meadow, beach-maple forest and high bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
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Simply the greatest

An easy hike (we did it with kids aged 3/5/7/10 with no problem) to one of the most beautiful destinations. The view from the overlook is simply one of the most beautiful I have... 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
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

An easy hike (we did it with kids aged 3/5/7/10 with no problem) to one of the most beautiful destinations. The view from the overlook is simply one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I could have sat there for hours. Even the kids were impressed!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I always try to bring out of town guests out here regardless of their physical abilities. There is a short (1/2 mile) well maintained trail from the parking lot that goes uphill through the trees to open up to beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. This is a great spot to see the dunes and you don't... More 

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

After hearing the great reviews my mom, sister and I decided to stop for a hike. The hike is pretty steep and will take you a while if you're out of shape but it is doable. The view is decent. You get almost the same view from the Empire Bluff Trail and that was is easier to navigate. Driving in... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My partner and I visited in early October 2014. We had to hunt a bit to find the trailhead (the park service maps aren't the best) and were rushing a bit to arrive with time to get to the top before sunset. Nice, although a bit steep and heart-pounding, hike through a white birch forest -- maybe 20 minutes --... More 

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Griffith, Indiana
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Since I have mobility issues, we meandered roads I don't think we were supposed to be on, but found breathtaking scenery and peaceful woodlands.

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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It is a great place to see some dunes and not pay for any parking. Beautiful drive in the back country to find this gem.

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Baltimore, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This overlook and trail were a high point of our trip. It was incredible beautiful and peaceful place.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We took the 20 minute trail up to the dune lookout (which was wonderful) and then decided to take the longer trail down to meadow and then back up and around the woods. It was the perfect length and not that difficult. We aren't hikers or big athletes and we handled it just fine. Highly recommend.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a short hike that should be doable for most people. Even though you are essentially ascending a dune, the trail goes through the forest and there are steps in the path so it doesn't feel like as much of a climb as it is. The views are gorgeous! Please obey the signs and don't be the person who... More 

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Hell, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We hiked Pyramid Point but we didn't go down the dune to Lake Michigan. We've done this before at Pierce Stocking Drive so we know how difficult it is to climb back up. The view of the 2 Manitou Islands, the Manitou Passage and the 2 Fox Islands was beautiful. We had hoped to hear and see more birds as... More 

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