Heritage Trail History

In 2012, the first 4-mile section of trail connecting Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb opened. Which now provides car-free access to amenities and attractions including Glen Haven, DH Day and Group Campgrounds, and Glen Arbor.

In June 2014, the 5.5-mile segment from the Dune Climb to Empire opened, creating a 9.5-mile paved connection between Glen Arbor and Empire.

The next section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Fisher Road to Port Oneida Road opened May 2015. This segment added 3.5 miles to the 9.5 miles of previously completed trail. This portion of trail includes 600 feet of boardwalk over wetlands paralleling Westman Road. The trail segment also connects users to Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

In 2016, the trail was completed between Port Oneida and Bohemian Roads. This new segment added 3.8 miles to the 13 miles of previously completed trail. This section is comprised of 1.8 miles of crushed aggregate within Port Oneida Rural Historic District, 1.8 miles of asphalt, and boardwalk along Narada Lake.

Late 2019, preliminary design for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from County Road 669 to Good Harbor Trail wrapped up. Concluding a route was recommended and approved by Cleveland and Centerville Townships. This 5-mile section will highlight the natural beauty and rich culture of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The location design will promote safe access for all ages and abilities. Featuring a paved trail and boardwalk pathway separated from the roadway.

Engineering kicked off in 2020. We’re grateful to the study group that spent more than a year working through the design and the leadership of Cleveland Township. There is much excitement to get to work on the next leg north! Details on the preliminary design process, including the final presentation by the design engineers and map of the recommended alignment, are found here.

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.