A Trail for Generations
The first 4-mile section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail opened in June of 2012 at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 200 people. This first segment provides a paved connection from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb. A map of the first section is available to download, and printed maps will soon be available at various locations near the trail.
Spring 2014 we will break ground on an additional 5.5 miles of trail to Empire, with anticipated opening in July 2014. Nearly 5 miles of trail Glen Arbor to Port Oneida will be done in fall of 2014, and 3 miles from Port Oneida to Bohemian Rd/669 will be constructed during 2015.
When complete, SBHT will stretch 27 miles—from the northern end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Good Harbor Beach at County Road 651), to Manning Road, just south of Empire. To safely accommodate users such as hikers, bicyclists, walkers, cross-country skiers and people of all physical abilities, the trail will measure 10 feet wide and have two foot shoulders, and the surface will alternate between asphalt and smoothly compacted crushed limestone. Boardwalks will trace above wetlands to avoid filling any of these critical habitat areas. For the most part, the trail will run parallel to existing road corridors, and in the places where it departs, the trail will be built over old logging roads, abandoned railroads and existing trails to keep forest disruption to a minimum. Where the trail runs though the villages of Glen Arbor and Empire, users will divert to low-traffic roads, on routes approved by village councils.
- Show consideration for other trail users
- Stay on trail to be respectful of plants and wildlife
- Stop at road crossings
- Ride single file when other users are present
- Ride slow and steady
- Wear a helmet while skating or riding
- Stay to right and alert others by saying “on your left” when passing
- Do not block trail – please move to the side when stopped on trail
- Keep pets on a leash
- Dispose of all trash and animal waste in trash receptacles
- Trail users need a park pass