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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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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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Find Your Park

Sure, you know where Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is – but what about the other 400+ sites managed by the National Park Service?  As part of the build-up to the NPS centennial  celebration in 2016, an awareness and education campaign co-chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush is kicking off now!

Primary.FindYourParkLogo.URL-200xYou will be hearing a lot about Parks in the coming months. Click on the logo to go to web site to explore National Parks around the country. Stay tuned here to learn about NPS-themed events in our area that highlight Sleeping Bear Dunes and our local community.

National Park Week – April 18-25

Park Entrance Fee for April 18 & 19 is FREE.

Star Party – April 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM at Platte River Point. Join Park Rangers and Grand Traverse Astronomical Society for a guided exploration of our night sky.

Find Your Park Scavenger Hunt – download from the Park web site or pick up at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Day – April 25 – Two Sessions: 10:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the DH Day Log Cabin. Park in Glen Haven and walk to the cabin on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.


Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Expansion

Shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage

Explore Shipwrecks

Excellent Ski Season Completed

Ski Season is Just Around the Corner

Making the Park Accessible to More People

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes – Making an Impact

Membership Meeting – September 7

Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride – August 10, 2014

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