Empire Bluff Trail

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Empire Bluff Trail
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Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.
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Joseph H
Beavercreek, OH719 contributions
Beautiful View of Lake Michigan
Jul 2021
My wife and I enjoyed the short 1.5 mile round trip hike to Empire Bluff. The Empire Buff Trailhead was an awesome mid-morning hike while the temperatures were still cool. There were no self-guided brochures available at the trailhead, but we survived. The views of Lake Michigan were fantastic. Definitely an easy must-do when in the Traverse City/Empire area.
Written July 22, 2021
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pc2425
Saint Louis, MO198 contributions
Worth the view at the end
Jun 2021
My husband and I were traveling around Lake Michigan. We did this hike while visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes. We are late 50’s, average condition and we had no trouble with this hike. The views over Lake Michigan at the end are very worth it. There are benches at the top to enjoy the view.
Written July 14, 2021
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Napern
Palatine, IL8 contributions
A true hike
Jul 2021 • Family
Great trail. Trail is gravel, so wear comfortable walking shoes. It turns to sand if you wish to continue on. Bring some bug spray for your hike and bottle of water for afterwards. The hike is 1 mile in and 1 mile out (further if you want to walk to the beach)
Written July 13, 2021
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attorney07
Nashville, IN218 contributions
Great hike!
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a great hike. Hardwoods then sand dunes. Nice places to sit and takes photos at the end with gorgeous view of the islands and the big dune in the distance. Lots of families. Walk past the viewing area to go around the side of the dune. It is a moderate hike but very enjoyable!
Written July 12, 2021
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Hollie C
85 contributions
Beautiful simple hike
Jul 2020 • Family
This hike was well worth it, great point for taking pics. We took our dog with us and we did well, not overwhelming, it takes you through the woods and along the edge of the hill also! Beautiful hike!
Written February 28, 2021
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Andrea Stewart
Waterford, MI15 contributions
Pure Michigan
Nov 2020
OUTSTANDING!
A girls weekend with 7 (hungover) ladies made this hike - easy and beautiful walk through the woods with an outstanding vantage point. Once you get to the top, there's an area with benches to sit and look out. Just stunning!
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Written November 18, 2020
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Eatbugs_from_MI
Michigan151 contributions
Nice Hike with a Great View
Aug 2020
It's a great hike. It's a little strenuous and to call it "best in the state" (as many do) is subjective at best. The trail is a there-and-back to the top of the dune bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Along the way are several interpretive stops, so be sure to go to the Visitor's Center in Empire to pick up a guide before you go. These stops are interesting and informative and also serve as breathers between the up-and-down of the hike over the forested backdune. Of course, the payoff is the view at the end. It's worth it. You can look north to the bear and over the Empire lakeshore, or straight out into the lake. Other notes: it's part of the National Lakeshore so you need a park pass to visit. There is limited parking and it's a popular trail, so try to hit off-times. Kids may or may not like it depending on how much they like to hike.
Written November 4, 2020
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Jasinda
8 contributions
Beautiful Lookout!
Oct 2020 • Couples
The trail is about a 1.5 mile round trip hike. The views from the top are absolutely beautiful. Very worth it. Bring your camera!
Written October 15, 2020
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Veronica Wilbur
Columbus, OH37 contributions
Just as great as Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sep 2020
We loved this trail. It is 1.5 miles roundtrip. Some people on the trail were wearing masks and some were not. Hiking is moderate, but wide path most of the trail allows for folks to go at their own pace. Beautiful and worth the steps along the way!
Written September 28, 2020
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fairblunthonest
United States59 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Couples
Nice trail leading up to the overlook of lake michigan. It was a very easy hike with great views. wish we could have stayed for the sunset
Written September 25, 2020
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