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Empire Bluff Trail

Empire, MI
+1 231-326-4700
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Nice 1 hour round-trip trail, moderate-plus difficulty

We enjoyed our hike here, right after visiting the Visitor Center in Empire. It took us an hour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
907blaked
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Tampa, Florida
Nice view at the end

Follow the signs from Empire town to the trailhead. You will be driving uphill. There is parking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pasherry
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United States
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Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“easy hike” (21 reviews)
“short hike” (15 reviews)
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Empire, MI
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+1 231-326-4700
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"easy hike"
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"short hike"
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"sleeping bear dunes"
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"nice hike"
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"miles round trip"
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"beautiful view"
in 12 reviews
"maple forest"
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"empire bluff"
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"parking lot"
in 9 reviews
"enjoy the view"
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"bring your camera"
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"overlooking lake michigan"
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"sunny day"
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"worth the effort"
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"visitor's center"
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"sand dunes"
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"south manitou island"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our hike here, right after visiting the Visitor Center in Empire. It took us an hour total - 25 minutes out, 15 minutes soaking in the views, 20 minutes back. My 80-year-old mother did not make it past the first few hundred yards,...More

2  Thank 907blaked
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Follow the signs from Empire town to the trailhead. You will be driving uphill. There is parking that quickly gets filled as this is a popular trail, but you can park along the road too. Pit toilet is at trail head. The hike is 1.5...More

Thank pasherry
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trail climbs steadily through the forest area, then a few sets of stairs, and then a boardwalk that leads to the sandy bluffs. The view from the top is magnificent! There is a platform with a couple of benches at the top, but a...More

Thank darwinmoore
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some of the stops are somewhat bland but the view from the end of trail atop the bluffs is amazing and well worth the short trek in. I did the walk with a bad right leg. Steps were slow for me but I would go...More

Thank Suzi P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nike hike. Some nice views. Would do this again. There are some hills, so it's not real easy. But not strenuous.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t believe this is first time I’ve been here-it’s beautiful!!! It’s not a far walk about 2-3 miles maybe, but a lot of up and down hills. We went down to end of trail, but the view was just as good where wood path...More

Thank im_dawn
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like this trail so much that I have done it a few times. It is only a 15-20 min walk, but it does involve quite a few hills and steps. If you’re somewhat fit you’re fine :) Perfect during the day or just before...More

Thank Nadine Q
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not very athletic, but could handle this trail, no problem. There is some hills, that are challenging. The views are worth the effort! I love how Lake Michigan looks like the waters in the Caribbean with blues and turquoise.

Thank Dawn C
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I want to note that this hike is not stroller friendly, at least not to do the entire hike due to the terrain, steps in many of the spots and the narrow boardwalk at the end. I was hiking with 2 of our kids (ages...More

Thank Stephin128
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

I would only caution those who are out of shape or have health problems that previous reviews where this was stated as not a difficult trail are wrong and we were expecting an easier hike based on those reviews. The trails is fairly long and...More

1  Thank Elaine S
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Bud W
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Response from Suzi P | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. Nearly everyone had a dog it’s them on leash.
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wally102018
20 March 2018|
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Response from Gran52 |
It is a one and a half mile round trip according to the trail brochure. From the parking lot it starts the climb right away. I am a 66 yr old couch potato and was able to make it by stopping to catch my breath on the uphill... More
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Mandi B
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Response from empress5 | Reviewed this property |
I would strongly recommend checking with your wife's doctors before venturing out. Depending on the amount of sand that covers the trails, it could be a challenging. I would definitely recommend using hiking poles for... More
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