Cottonwood Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Cottonwood Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Empire, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

6 days ago

8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Good trail

birding
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Hard to follow the trail, other trails cross over it.

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2011

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.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2011

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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!