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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 and connects the villages of Glen Arbor and Empire.

A new section of trail will open in 2015 north of Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road.

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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 will be open in the spring of 2015.

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Bay to Bay Trail Planning

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is studying the possibility of a new water trail and backpacking trail that would run the length of the National Lakeshore from Platte Bay to Good Harbor Bay. This proposed Bay to Bay Trail would offer backcountry camping for multi-day wilderness experiences.

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Adopt-A-Trail

With over 100 miles of designated trails on the mainland, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers a wide variety of hiking experiences and activity levels. Our Trail Patrollers walk their favorite trail at least once a month picking up trash and removing obstacles like down branches from the trail. They report large problems to the Park Roads and Trails group. Pick your favorite trail and join us.

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Trail Ambassador Training – June 6

With the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail becoming longer every year, we are looking for more  volunteers to ride, walk, or ski the trail as Trail Ambassadors. It’s simple, easy, and fun! You will meet a lot of nice people while you are on the trail with an Ambassador vest on. Trail users have told us that they really like to see Ambassadors on the trail because it gives them a sense of security knowing that there are people they can ask questions or get assistance.

SBHT Ambassadors meet Trail Users

SBHT Ambassadors meet Trail Users

Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 PM is Ambassador Orientation Day at the DH Day Log Cabin in the DH Day Campground – right along the trail near Glen Haven. If you have been an Ambassador in the past, or want to learn more about the program, please come and join us. After a short orientation meeting, we will ride the trail from the Log Cabin through Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road on the new section of trail. Park Rangers and volunteers will ride with us and discuss points of interest along this new section.

Some Trail Ambassadors also join the Trail Crew to do trail maintenance. If you are interested in helping keep the trail safe and in good condition, join the team.

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