Support the SBHT

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes operate and maintain the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. That requires volunteers AND money! It requires about $1,000/mile of trail each year to maintain the trail. That means about $20,000/year!

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. If you are interested in volunteering for the SBHT Trail Team, click here to register as a volunteer and click the box for Heritage Trail Ambassador or Heritage Trail Crew. Someone from our staff will contact you.

Donate to Install a Bench. This is a donation to raise money to maintain the trail. In recognition of a donation of $2,500, a bench will be placed at a mutually agreed point along the trail, and you or the person you designate will be placed in a Donor Recognition Area in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You will also have a page describing your donation on the SBHT Interactive Map. Your donation minus the cost of materials used in construction of the bench will be used for Trail Maintenance and Operation. The bench will be made by volunteers. Pictures of the first bench, located in Glen Haven, are shown below. The benches all have hardened accessible pads now that allow for companion seating for people in a wheelchair.

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SBHT Bench in Glen Haven

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Volunteers install first bench

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Visitor rides into Glen Haven

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Donate to Install a Bike Rack. This is a donation to raise money to maintain the trail. In recognition of a donation of $4,500, a bike rack will be placed at a mutually agreed visitor destination near the trail, and you or the person you designate will be placed in a Donor Recognition Area in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You will also have a page describing your donation on the SBHT Interactive Map. Your donation minus the cost of materials used in construction of the bike rack will be used for Trail Maintenance and Operation. The bike rack will be made by the blacksmiths working at the Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop and installed by volunteers. Pictures of the first bike rack, located at the Blacksmith Shop in Glen Haven, are shown below.

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Bike Rack at Blacksmith Shop

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Matt and bike at the Blacksmith Shop

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Blacksmiths who made the bike rack – Kerry Kelly and Tom Obrecht 2015

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Click here to download the details of these donation programs (benches, bike racks, picnic tables).

SBHT Kiosk Sign 24″ wide X 36″ tall

Order a SBHT Trail Sign. Several signs are available. 

  • SBHT Kiosk sign 24″ wide by 36″ tall. The sign is made of sturdy composite and weighs 22 pounds. We only have 3 of these signs. They are available for a donation of $1,000 each. Click on this link to see the sign detail. SBHT Kiosk
  • Trail Logo signs (3.25″ square) were used on mile marker posts on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. They were replaced in 2015 with the new yellow emergency mile marker signs, and we’re making them available for a donation of $100 each.
  • The numerical signs are the same size and are available for $75 each. Or if you want to splurge and get a set, you can have one of each for $150.

Get a piece of the trail in your home! Tell us what sign you are interested in and Click here to e-mail your request. Kerry Kelly, our SBHT Manager, will work with you to get the signs you want. 

SBHT Logo Mile Marker Sign

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Mile Marker Sign

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This trail sign is used to identify the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail route through Empire and Glen Arbor. It is made out of a reflective aluminum and measures 12″ x 18″ and is available for a donation of $250.

SBHT Oval on-road trail route sign. 12″ x 18″

This larger directional sign measures 16″ x 20″ made of composite material and is available for a $300 donation.

SBHT Directional Sign 16″ x 20″

This sign is a directional sign and measures 10″ x 16″ made from composite material. It is available for a donation of $200.

 

SBHT Alligator Hill 16″ X 10″

The following directional signs are made of a reflective aluminum and measure 16″ X 10″. They are available for a donation of $150.

SBHT Directional Sign UP 16″ X 10″

SBHT Directional Sign RIGHT 16″ X 10″

SBHT Directional Sign LEFT 16″ X 10″

Tell us what sign you are interested in and Click here to e-mail your request. Kerry Kelly, our SBHT Manager, will work with you to get the signs you want.

Donate to our Trail Operations Fund. Just click here.

We need your help to complete the trail.

Riders study trail map at the Dune Climb

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 are listed on the Donor Recognition Plaza at the Dune Climb. For more information about the trail and to make a donation, click http://sleepingbeartrail.org.

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