Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Bike-Trail-with-Golden-Rod-P8238637-300x225The 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. The popular D.H. Day Campground, historic village of Glen Haven and it’s museums and working blacksmith shop, the Lake Michigan beach, the Dune Climb, and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are along the way.

Check out this video of the trail.

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail as of 2014

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail as of 2014


Download a trail brochure and map. Trailhead parking is available at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, the Dune Climb, Glen Haven, and at the Alligator Hill trailhead on Forest Haven Road in Glen Arbor. Street parking is available in Empire at Lacore Road and Voice Road. A Trailhead parking lot will be built at this location in Empire, but it may not be completed until the spring of 2015.

Ski the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Ski the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Winter Ski Conditions - Click Here

The trail is groomed for cross country skiing between Glen Arbor and the Dune Climb when we have sufficient snow. This season we will also groom a loop through DH Day Campground and a loop south of the Dune Climb in the old entrance to the Scenic Drive. Grooming will include 12 feet of corduroy and two sets of classic tracks. The trail from Empire to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will be groomed with just corduroy and no classic tracks because this section includes some steep slopes. The section between the Scenic Drive and Dune Climb will not be groomed because of steep slopes and many driveways that have to be crossed in this section. 

Ski conditions will be posted here from December through March. If you want to be on the e-mail list for grooming updates click to send an e-mail request to Kerry Kelly.

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?

SBHT Winter Page – The trail is groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing when there is sufficient snow. Snow conditions and ski map are on this page.

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.

Here are a few pictures from the trail! Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them. More pictures are available at our Flickr site.