Empire Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

running

beach

forest

lake

views

hiking
6 days ago

Super awesome. Best part of the trail is after you reach the viewing point. It’s all sand and no shade, but like, totally worth it. It goes for miles. Did see one snake in the wooded part the the beginning.

hiking
9 days ago

3 year old loved it

hiking
1 month ago

We did this in August last year and it was just a gorgeous family hike. The outlooks are breathtaking! If you’re in the area this is a must take hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Such a great walk. Good for kids and dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Even in March, the trail is well marked, slightly muddy in spots but not bad at all. Once you get to the lake it’s simply AMAZING. just wanna sit there all day and take it in. Beautiful spot

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful views

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snow
2 months ago

Easy hike to the viewing platform Lots of fresh Snow but no issues Icy at some spots but nothing too bad Don’t need crampons but could help some Super windy as expected with amazing views

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snow
3 months ago

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icy
snow
6 months ago

Perfect trail no matter the season! One thing to note in the winter months, the trail can get a bit icy so watch your step. Still a must do. Some of the best views in SBD

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snow
6 months ago

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bugs
7 months ago

Well maintained trail with must see views!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Very easy. All ages can do it. Tons of pets on the trail as well. Beautiful views. Bring your camera

hiking
7 months ago

Really nice view.

hiking
8 months ago

Truly a fabulous hike. When you get to the Overlook at Lake Michigan, you can see a narrow well worn path that goes along the top of the bluff overlooking the lake. We took this trail for a couple miles and it was gorgeous! So, to be clear this path overlooking Lake Michigan is easy to see and is just beyond the Overlook (so it’s an ‘add on’ to the hike). It’s slightly challenging and it times pretty narrow but easily one of the most remarkable trails you’ll find in Michigan!

hiking
8 months ago

So much bang for your buck. Really easy hike, but incredible views at the end. There were some trail stairs, so not recommended for someone with difficulty walking. But even those with lower fitness levels should be fine.

hiking
8 months ago

Great easy hike to one of the most picturesque views in Michigan. A must do when in this area.

hiking
8 months ago

Perfect for a sunset hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to moderate due to incline. Incline just enough to get heart rate up or can take it slowly. The steps are good and well maintained. They are deep so nice for trail running but some around us were struggling. Need to be mobile and put your toddler in a carrying pack. Very busy Saturday but did not seem crowded. Additional trails surround which are much less traveled. The views of Lake Mi and Sleeping Bear Dunes are the star. Recommend going beyond the boardwalk area where most turn back.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome view.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful trail, but not in my top 5 at sleeping bear dunes. still pretty amazing

hiking
9 months ago

Keep going past the end of the wooden walkway, there are more views & dunes for the kids to play on.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy hike through the woods (with some stairs) but an overall minimal incline. Rewarding overlook view for a smaller trail, perfect for families with children or those looking for a relaxing walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike, really sweet views of the dunes and lakeshore. Dog friendly so long as leashed.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy hike with some stairs along the way. Beautiful views of the dunes!

hiking
10 months ago

Short hike - 1.5 round trip. Beautiful end point. One of the most gorgeous overlooks in Michigan.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike to view of Lake Michigan and Empire. My 12 year old and two labs had no trouble. Absolutely fantastic.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail with great views overlooking Lake Michigan and Empire Village.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on in Michigan. Gorgeous views of the lake. I’ll want to go every time I come to empire.

hiking
10 months ago

We’ve done this trail numerous times. Beautiful views and good for children.

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