Cottonwood Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Empire, Michigan and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November.
Moderate trail. Nice trail to the top of the climbing dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Trail accessible from the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Trail map markers along trail colored dark green. This trail does cross other trails but we were able to follow the dark green posts. Met great people along the trail.
Hard to follow the trail, other trails cross over it.
Stop by the park office for a trail map for this and other trails in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Management Area. The Trail head is well marked but by nature of the sand, many old trails cross this trail. Great photography and easy/moderate difficulty. Would recommend for children and healthy seniors.
A bit decieving! It can be rather hard to actually stay on the marked trail. A variety of other trails shoot off from the main path. Friend and I ended up crossing the dunes and brush from point 4 (trailhead) to point 9/10 (scenic lookout). Took us 3 hours!