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 about 22 scenic miles between Empire and Bohemian Road.

Ski Conditions

December 10, 2017

The trail was groomed with the roller/compactor to build base from Glen Arbor to Empire. Tracks were not set because the base is too thin – only about 2″ of base.

Snow is predicted for 12/11/2017 and 12/12/2017. If it materializes, we will groom again to build base.

Glen Arbor to Glen Haven
Groomed – no tracks – just corduroy and about 2″ base
Glen Haven to Dune Climb
Groomed – no tracks – just corduroy and about 2″ base
Dune Climb to Empire 
Groomed – no tracks – just corduroy and about 2″ base
Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road
Ungroomed – 5″ of light powder.
Port Oneida Road to CR-669
Ungroomed – 5″ of light powder.

Palmer Woods
Ungroomed – 5″ of light powder

Trail Maps and Trip Planning

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

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

Trail Etiquette:

  • 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?

Bike Rentals near the SBHT
Glen Arbor: The Cyclery
M-109 near Dune Climb: Duneswood Resort
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 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.

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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.


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