Since 2001, community partners have worked together to create a non-motorized trailway system that is connected to historical, cultural, recreational, and environmental points of interest throughout the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and surrounding communities. Designated a Pure Michigan® trail, the Heritage Trail promotes health, environmental, social, and economic benefits and provides a safe place for walking, biking, running, and cross-country skiing.
Built on ancestral land of the Anishinaabe people, there are over 21 miles of trail and shared roadway on the ground today, which are universally accessible wherever possible. The trail connects Lakeshore amenities and attractions such as Glen Haven, DH Day Campground, the Dune Climb, and the Port Oneida Historic District. Most of the trail is asphalt, but a 3-mile section which goes through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District north of Glen Arbor is crushed stone, and there is also a boardwalk section over Lake Narada.