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Scenic Views At The End

I think it was a less than 2 miles along a hiking trail that opens up to beatiful, scenic views at... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hidden Gem #2

This was the first time my husband and I hiked the Empire Bluff Trail. We felt the trail itself was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Extending two miles in length, this picturesque point-to-point hiking trail is rated moderate in skill level.
Empire, MI
+1 231-326-4700
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All reviews easy hike sleeping bear dunes short hike moderate hike nice hike miles round trip south bar empire bluff beautiful view maple forest a small parking lot viewing area enjoy the view bring your camera overlooking lake michigan parking area sunny day
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I think it was a less than 2 miles along a hiking trail that opens up to beatiful, scenic views at the end. It's well worth the time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the first time my husband and I hiked the Empire Bluff Trail. We felt the trail itself was relatively easy but could be difficult for some people. The views were absolutely stunning. Words can’t even describe how beautiful and peaceful it was up...More

1  Thank Set_Apart
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We hit this trail first thing in the morning and were the only ones out there on the way out. The hike is pretty easy although there is a bit of an uphill slope most of the way. Since we were the only ones around...More

1  Thank Chris B
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

This trail is very nice and the view is amazing. The trail has some steep parts. This is the most popular trail in Sleeping Dunes.

1  Thank Floreschicago
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

The walk is worth the reward! This is an amazing view on the dunes and Empire beach. On a sunny day, do not forget some water!

1  Thank ET010203
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

This must be why Good Morning America named Sleeping Bear Dunes the most beautiful place in the United States. It's well worth the beautiful walk through the woods to see the breathtaking views from the bluff high over Lake Michigan and little Bar Lakes.

1  Thank Stephen T
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Nice hike through the forest to get to the overlooks. Even my wife with an ailing knee made it. So glad we accomplished it.

1  Thank IndianaJim
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We hiked the 1.5 mile trail in the evening. It was a nice hike through the trees which opened up to reveal gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. There is an area to sit and take it all in. Worth the hike. There is a small...More

5  Thank Passport544391
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This trail made several large metro newspapers recently and is now much busier than I have ever seen it. Overall and despite that, it's an EASY hike with a couple great views. The boardwalk you see in the cover image is short and at the...More

2  Thank andrewdclark
Reviewed 21 August 2018

A easy to moderate hike with ample parking, a perfect place to see the sunset. Make sure you bring a camera.

1  Thank Ervin S
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Bud W
12 June 2018|
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Response from Suzi P | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. Nearly everyone had a dog it’s them on leash.
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
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