Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Inch-for-inch, the 16.5-mile Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is one of Michigan's most beautiful trails. Built one section at a time over several years, each section of trail has its own unique terrain, scenery and points of interest. The long-range vision is a 27-mile paved bike path that connects the major attractions in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The first 4.25-mile section of trail was completed in 2012 from Dune Climb to Forest Haven Drive, passing through ancient sand dunes, the historic fishing village of Glen Haven and a lush pine forest along Alligator Hill on its way to Glen Arbor.

In 2014, a 5.5-mile section of trail was completed from Dune Climb to the village of Empire (including a one-mile connector route on Lacore Road from Voice Road to the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Center). This south section is very hilly and curvy and absolutely scenic. You'll need a bike with plenty of gears and good brakes. If you like rollercoasters, you'll love this section of trail.

Another 3.7 miles of trail from Fisher Road to Port Oneida Road was completed in 2015. And this past summer, another 3 miles of trail from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road was completed. To connect the east and west sections of trail, you must ride a road route through Glen Arbor on Lake Street, Northwood Drive and Fisher Road. You'll find bike rentals and several shops and restaurants in the villages of Empire and Glen Arbor.

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Trail Resource Guide

Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Crystal River Outfitters Crystal River Outfitters
6249 W. River Road (M22)
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(231) 334-4420
Web Link
Grand Traverse Bike Tours Grand Traverse Bike Tours
318 St. Joseph Street
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
(231) 421-6815
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Sleeping Bear Electric Bikes Sleeping Bear Electric Bikes
1661 S. French Road
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
(231) 633-2327
Web Link
Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Art's Tavern Art's Tavern
6487 Western Avenue
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(231) 334-3754
Web Link
Oryana Natural Foods Market Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 E. 10th Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 947-0191
Web Link
Stormcloud Brewing Company Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
Frankfort, MI 49635
(231) 352-0118
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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TART Trails, Inc. TART Trails, Inc.
PO Box 252
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 941-4300
Web Link
Tourist Information
Benzie County Visitors Bureau Benzie County Visitors Bureau
PO Box 204
Benzonia, MI 49616
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Downtown Traverse City Association Downtown Traverse City Association
303 E. State St., Ste. C
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 922-2050
Web Link
Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec
1213 W. Civic Center Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 922-4818
Web Link
Traverse City Tourism Traverse City Tourism
101 W. Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Trail Services
Bay Area Transportation Authority Bay Area Transportation Authority
3233 Cass Road
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-2324
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Trail Supporter
DTE Energy DTE Energy

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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
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