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Empire Bluff Trail

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Address: Empire, MI
Phone Number: 2313264700
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Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail...

Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.

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Moderate hike with stunning views

This is a moderate hike with many uphills--although most of it is shaded which helps. The view at the top is well worth the work. It is stunning. The boardwalk provides an amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Wendy A
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Livonia, Michigan
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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a moderate hike with many uphills--although most of it is shaded which helps. The view at the top is well worth the work. It is stunning. The boardwalk provides an amazing backdrop for pictures. Plus it is less congested than the Scenic Drive overlook. This and Pyramid Point were my favorite views.

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Westville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a 1.5 mile round trip hike by the town of Empire. This trail takes you up a wooded hill for fabulous views of Lake Michigan & the town. South Bar Lake & the sand dunes of Sleeping Bear are visible & make for great photo ops. This is another very popular trail & I would recommend getting here... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The view from the lookout is nothing short of spectacular. Hard to believe you're in Michigan! Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, your camera, and, pro tip, maybe find a bathroom before getting there (there's just a dry toilet in the parking area). The hike is quite easy, even if there are quite a bit of steps to climb. Not wheelchair... More 

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fort myers florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stop here after visiting the visitors center. Nice panoramic view of sleeping bear dunes The water is very turquoise blue like Caribbean but can't see much of the dunes from here . Still in easy hike through forest and relaxing place to look out over Lake Michigan . Better view would be overlook number nine off of Pierce stocking scenic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed walking this easy 1.5 mile (round trip) trail after doing a almost 4 mile hike in Arcadia. The trail was easy to follow and the view at the end was simply breathtaking! It makes me enjoy living in Michigan so much more when I know there is all this beauty around us! Our group consisted of 3 adults... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did the trail with our 10 year old granddaughter,, Its an easy hike, though a lot of upward trails, and well marked.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One of the prettiest and breathtaking endings to a simple trail hike. The well traveled trail winds under the canopy of the dunes forest. Along the way, there are photo opts that catch your attention, but when you get to the end of the trail its beauty is beyond words. We are both in our 60s and even with a... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 1.5 mile trail is moderate difficulty due to sand base and incline. It is mostly shaded, going through woods with a fair variety of birds. The views along the way and at the end are stunning. Vault toilet at parking area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly easy hike with scenic outlook and great picture opportunities. Must do. Porta-potty at trail head. 1.5 miles. ------

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The buff trail was not too challenging. We took our 5 & 7- year-olds and they only complained about their legs being tired toward the end. The trail is mostly shady and has a couple of nice spots to stop along the way. The view at the end is absolutely beautiful. We started our hike around 10am and there were... More 

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