The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is the biggest recreational project supported by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Prior to the Summer of 2012, there were no trails in the National Lakeshore where bicycles could be ridden. This new trail provides a wonderful new recreational opportunity for families and individuals to experience the Park outside of their cars. We hope people will park their cars and either walk or safely ride bikes to many of the popular destinations in the Park. Check out this video of the trail.
Download a trail brochure and map. Trailhead parking is available at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, the Dune Climb, and Glen Haven. Street parking is available in Glen Arbor on Forest Haven Road and in Empire at Lacore Road and Voice Road.
THE TRAIL IS OPEN all the way from Glen Arbor to Empire. Get out your bike and helmet and get riding!
The trail is groomed for cross country skiing between Glen Arbor and the Dune Climb when we have sufficient snow. Ski conditions will be posted here from December through March. If you want to be on the e-mail list for grooming updates click here to send an e-mail request to Kerry Kelly.
For more information about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, browse the following pages:
We need your help to complete the trail.
By donating to the trail, you will be creating a legacy for future generations to enjoy. We hope you will get involved and financially support the trail. Donors of $1,000 or more will be included on on the Donor Recognition Plaza at the Dune Climb, which is being planned now. For more information about the trail and to make a donation, click http://sleepingbeartrail.org.
We need your help to operate the trail.
The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes have agreed to operate and maintain the trail as it is built. We have developed operations and maintenance procedures in co-operation with TART trails and volunteers are needed now. We have Trail Ambassadors who will regularly use the trail and assist visitors with questions and safety related issues, and a Trail Crew, who does maintenance like downed tree removal, sweeping and ski grooming. Read the SBHT Volunteer Manual to learn specifics about these roles. If you are interested in volunteering for the SBHT Trail Team, click here to send us an e-mail.
It costs money to maintain the trail to keep it safe and fun for everyone. You can help us by making a donation to our Trail Operations Fund. Just click here.
Here are a few pictures from the trail! Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them. More pictures are available at our Flickr site.