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State & Federal Parks

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Houdek Dunes Natural Area

The story of dune succession plays out here, with dunes of all types present at this dynamic and ecologically diverse natural area. -

Clay Cliffs Natural Area

Clay Cliffs Natural Area offers stunning views of both Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan and provides ample recreation opportunities.

Whaleback Natural Area

This 10,000-year-old glacial wonder near Leland is an iconic landmark that helps to define our unique Lake Michigan coastline. - See more at:

Platte Plains

Several loops totaling 14.7 miles

Old Indian Trail

There are two loops, each about 2.5 miles long

Alligator Hill Trail

Total of 9 miles of trails divided into several loops

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

A great way to get to many of the places within the Lakeshore, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a hard-surfaced, non-motorized, multi-use trail planned to span 27 miles from the northern end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at County Road 651 to the Leelanau/Benzie County line at Manning Road south of Empire. Currently the trail runs almost 16 miles between Empire and Port Oneida, connecting to park attractions and the town of Glen Arbor along the way. Park your car and use your bike to get around! Trailheads are at Bar Lake Road, Pierce Stocking, Dune Climb, Glen Haven, Alligator Hill, Crystal River, Bay View, and Port Oneida

Empire Bluff Trail

The trail leads to a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A self-guided brochure is available at the trailhead. For your safety and to protect the environment: please do not descend the bluff. The trail ends at post #6 in winter because of hazardous ice and snow conditions on the boardwalk and bluffs.

Pyramid Point Trail

Loop 2.7 miles long. With a spur to a lookout point high over Lake Michigan. Lookout point is about 0.6 miles from the trailhead

Mission Point Lighthouse

Mission Point Lighthouse has been a Traverse City and
Old Mission Peninsula icon for decades. Located at the end
of a picturesque drive along M-37 through cherry orchards
and vineyards, Mission Point Lighthouse stands as a classic piece of Michigan history.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is on the State and National Historic Register.  It is an active aids-to-navigation with a working fog horn used for demonstrations.  The lighthouse and grounds have been lovingly restored to a museum showcasing the life of a lighthouse keeper and family, circa 1920′s – 1930′s. We are located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, on the grounds of beautiful Leelanau State Park.  MI State Park Passport is required.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

What's this item abounny beaches and sky-high dunes. Cool forests and inland lakes. Picturesque farmsteads and a historic maritime village. Sleeping Bear Dunes offers countless opportunities for discovery. So, come make lifelong memories, have fun, and perhaps develop a deep connection to this special place.ut? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

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