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Ski Conditions

Winter means cross-country skiing on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail! We groom the trail whenever we get enough snow and have cold temperatures.

Ski conditions are posted on our web site whenever we groom or there is a change in conditions.

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Echo Valley Mt Bike Trail

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes has begun raising funds to support an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the impacts of an proposed Mountain Bike trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Expansion

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) is a hard-surface multi-use trail that passes through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore from Empire through Glen Arbor to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

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Explore Shipwrecks

Walking the Lake Michigan Beach can become a history lesson. Shipwrecks appear and get buried by the dynamic nature of the Lake Michigan shoreline due to winds, waves, and currents. Learn more about the history of the area.

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Making the Park Accessible to More People

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a beautiful place, and one of our goals is to make it more accessible to people of all levels of ability.. Our efforts are focused on awareness, training, and projects to improve access to trails and beaches.

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is open from Empire (Voice Road) to Glen Arbor (Forest Haven Road). The trail is 10 miles long and the section from Empire to the Dune Climb provides some challenging hills, while the section from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor offers an easier ride.

The next section from Glen Arbor (Crystal River Input) to Port Oneida Road is open!

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School Snowshoe Hikes – Happening Now!

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is paying for bus transportation costs for school groups to attend Ranger-led snowshoe hikes in the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Students are learning about snowshoes and search for animal tracks in the fresh snow as they explore the winter wonderland of our Park! The Friends received a grant of $4,500 from the National Park Foundation – and with your help, has raised an additional $1,000 through a fundraising challenge sponsored by the Outdoor Industry Associaiton to pay for the transportation costs of over 1,000 students from 19 different school groups.

School Group Snowshoe Hike

School Group Snowshoe Hike

Pre- and Post-visit activities have been developed to help build background knowledge and create excitement for the hike, extend learning, and give students the opportunity to be creative and connect learning to the real world. The lesson during the hike will allow students to explore concepts in winter ecology and snow science in a hands-on, experimental format.

The programs began at the end of January and run through early March.

Headlines

New Safety Equipment Purchased for the Park

Student Snowshoe Hikes – Need Your Support

Ski Conditions

Echo Valley Trail Wins Cherry Republic Challenge

Echo Valley Mt Bike Trail

2015 Accomplishments

Ball Foundation Grant Supports Storm Recovery

Friends Social and Annual Meeting – Aug 30

Heritage and Rustic Trail Closures – Storm Damage – Updated 8/17/15

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