This is the only bicycle trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In winter it is groomed for cross-country skiing (both classic and skating styles) and snowshoeing. It is mostly paved, but has a short section of packed gravel through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The trail spans about 22 scenic miles between Empire and Bohemian Road.
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes will be mowing the edges of the trail north of Glen Arbor on Saturday morning, July 22, between 8:00 AM and Noon.
The trail will not be closed, but Ambassadors will be moving with the mower (in front and behind) to stop trail users during mowing operations. When trail users approach, they will be stopped until the mower can be stopped and then trail users will be allowed to pass. This may cause a minor delay for trail users.
Running Bear 5K Run – Tuesday, July 25 from 6:00 AM to Noon. The on-street portion of the trail through Glen Arbor will be CLOSED to bike traffic. Trail users are advised to ride between Forest Haven Road and Crystal View trailhead by using M-22.
Trail Maps and Trip Planning
Paper maps are available for a $2.00 donation at the following locations. These donations are used for Trail maintenance and operations – including ski grooming.
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire
- The Cannery Boat Museum in Glen Haven
- DH Day Campground, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
- The Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor
- The Cyclery, Glen Arbor
- Northwoods Hardware, Glen Arbor
- Empire Outdoors, Empire
- Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates, Empire
- Stay to the RIGHT, alert others when passing on their left.
- DO NOT block the trail when stopped – move to the side.
- Cyclists ride single file when other users are present.
- Please wear a helmet for your safety.
- Dispose of all trash and animal waste in trash receptacles.
- Stay on the trail, respect plants and wildlife.
- Respect Private Property – Stay on the Trail
For more information about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, browse the following pages:
Detailed Description of the SBHT – What can I expect segment by segment?
Try the Bike-n-Ride by BATA – leave your car at home and ride the BATA to the trail.
SBHT Ambassadors: What is a Trail Ambassador? How can I become one?
Who is using the SBHT? Annual trail use surveys and automated trail counters help us know who is using the trail.
How did the SBHT get built? Learn about the history of the trail.
Support the SBHT – We need your financial support to continue building trail segments and to maintain the trail.
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail receives financial support for operations and maintenance from the Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Click here to see the whole list of businesses providing their support.
Here are a few pictures from the trail! Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them. More pictures are available at our Flickr site.