Ride, Hike, and Ski the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

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 17.5 scenic miles between Empire and Port Oneida Road, with the Dune Climb, historic Glen Haven and the town of Glen Arbor along its route.

In June, 2016 a new 3.6-mile section will open from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road (CR-669), about a mile from a beautiful public beach on Lake Michigan.

Winter ski conditions will be posted here when there is enough snow to ski!

Last Grooming: Thursday, February 4, 2016 from Glen Arbor to Empire
Next grooming: Planning to groom from Glen Arbor to Empire on Wednesday, Feb 10.

Ski Conditions are VERY GOOD. 

Base = 6″ compacted in most places. Areas near the Dune Climb and Glen Haven have less base because these areas had blowing snow and didn’t build base.

The SBHT north of Glen Arbor is not groomed, but the trail is open for backcountry skiing and the trail connects to the Bay View Trail north of the Homestead for some great views and backcountry skiing.

A lot of families are taking advantage of the good snow and sledding down the Dune Climb! What fun! 

Check here before you head out to ski for the latest conditions all along the trail. This page is updated whenever conditions change. 

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 Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor
  • The Cyclery, Glen Arbor
  • Empire Outdoors, Empire

CLICK HERE for the Interactive Map.         CLICK HERE for a printable map.    CLICK HERE for a printable Ski Map.


CLICK for the Interactive Map







The Heritage Trail interactive map is a great source of information for planning your trip. It works on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Among its uses:

  • Take a photo tour of the entire trail
  • See which parts are easy and difficult
  • Find restaurants, shops, museums, historical sites, beaches, restrooms, community services and more

If you want yo put your business or organization on the map contact us.

2015 SBHT Trail Map

2015 SBHT Trail Map

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?

Bike Rentals near the SBHT
Glen Arbor: The Cyclery
Empire: Empire Outdoors, Surf and Kayak Shop

Try the Bike-n-Ride by BATA – leave your car at home and ride the BATA to the trail.

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.