Looking for ways to beat the end-of-summer blues in Northern Michigan? There is still plenty of time and sweet September weather to enjoy outdoor recreation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The traffic lightens as folks head home for the start of the school year and the end of summer vacation. Let the locals’ summer begin! The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is the perfect gateway to fun in our National Lakeshore. With twenty scenic miles of trail, the SBHT can lead you to places for relaxation, food, drink, beaches or other adventures. 

Be sure to check out the map to plan your route and read about each section of trail on our website here. Also, visit this page to learn about the history of the SBHT, find out how you could volunteer to be a SBHT Ambassador and discover ways to financially support construction of future sections of trail!


Here is a reminder of the guidelines for utilizing this wonderful multi-use trail:


  • Stay to the right of the trail and alert others when you are passing on the left.
  • Move to the side when you are stopped. Do not block the trail.
  • Travel single file when other users are present.
  • Clean up after your pets and don’t litter.
  • Stay on the trail. Respect private property, plants and wildlife. 
  • Wear a helmet for your safety.


*One popular question often heard is, “Are e-bikes allowed on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail?” The answer is yes. However, with a top speed of 20 miles per hour in the electric mode, just as with other high-speed bicyclists, caution is necessary when in areas of heavier use, sharp or blind corners and any unusual conditions. Let’s be safe, kind and respectful of all trail users!