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Fun Visit, Wish We Had All Day!

We arrived when the park opened for the scenic drive tour. Then we visited the Glen Haven... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chicago, Illinois
Be prepared to work!

This is a must do if you've never seen sand dunes before. But be prepared to work!! The initial... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Becca B
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This 4.5-mile challenging hiking trail is the most popular in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
6748 S Dune Hwy, Empire, MI 49630-9446
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Reviewed yesterday

We arrived when the park opened for the scenic drive tour. Then we visited the Glen Haven beach. Our visit was a little over 2 hours because we were limited on time. The scenic drive is gorgeous if you get out explore a bit. We...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a must do if you've never seen sand dunes before. But be prepared to work!! The initial climb is all the farther we got so we didnt make it to a view of lake Michigan, but enjoyed the view of the lake that...More

Thank Becca B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dune climb is great for kids and adults alike. Heritage trail goes through here so you can park here for this. Near Stocking drive which is a Must for any visitor. Views from designated stops are breathtaking. Final stop is large deck which is built...More

Thank bobricketts77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a must do...we saw people from little children to elderly women making their trek up the dunes...everyone makes it their own distance and each one proud of their accomplishment....it is MUCH harder than it looks and it looks really hard!!! One of the...More

Thank Writerwife
Reviewed 11 June 2018

The dune climb to the top is well worth it but it is not for the faint hearted. You might consider spring or fall as it could be too hot in June - August. Also you might want to reconsider the hike from the top...More

Thank RJRinna
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

You are at Sleeping Bear Dunes, so you have to do the Dune Climb. But unless you are an accomplishment junkie, I would just enjoy the first few dunes and turn back instead of hiking all the way to Lake Michigan. There are plenty of...More

1  Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed 9 June 2018

A great trail to walk on and explore the dunes off Lake Michigan. The views are great and well worth the sand in your shoes. The view over Lake Michigan is stunning and, if you can time it right, you can catch a truly remarkable...More

Thank johnmB9403GQ
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

The dune climb and the views are what you came to see and for very good reason. If you are physically able to climb, this is an experience you don't want to skip. $15/car and that fee gets you into the park (any location in...More

1  Thank Lindsey L
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We stopped after a day-long road trip and decided to make the climb. We had water and it was a cool day. I would probably plan better if we went back and start a little earlier!

Thank aregier
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Pictures don't do this justice. It is so neat to drive up and see little specks on the dune tops only to realize those are fellow hikers. We weren't able to complete the entire trail as it was far too strenuous. It was so much...More

1  Thank advsmuch
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