Bay View

Location: The trailhead is on Thoreson Road near M-22.

Parking Lot: Gravel

Restroom: No restroom is available at the trailhead. The nearest restroom is at the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail parking lot on Port Oneida Road about a mile east of the trailhead.

Water: No drinking water is available at the trailhead.

Trail Length: 7.5 miles total in 2 loops. Farm Loop: 2.4 mi, Ridge Loop: 4 mi.

Terrain: Meadows, fields, edge of Beech-Maple forest, Farms of Port Oneida Rural Historic District.Mostly flat along meadows and fields and along the ridge. Steep hills on trail connectors between upper and lower segments.

Trail Tread: Packed earth through forested areas or mowed grass in meadows.

Difficulty: The lower Bay View Trail is now the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and this portion of the trail is 10 feet wide crushed stone accessible trail. There are a few short segments that have a grade of more than 5%, but most of the trail is less than that.

The trail that leads to the High Bay View Trail is steep and relatively strenuous, but there is a great view of Sleeping Bear Point and the Manitou Islands. The Moosewood Trail Loop is packed earth and has some hills with grades over 5%.

The Farm Loop is a mowed grass trail that is somewhat uneven and has some hills with grade of greater than 5%.

Click on the link to see a detailed description of the trail. This report describes trail obstacles and trail surface. Cell phone coverage may be limited in the Park, so download and save. 

Comments: There is a bench with a great view of the Manitou Islands on the Ridge trail. Nice views of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Point at #5. Good trail to see striped maple (moosewood) trees.



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