Best trails in Empire

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Looking for a great trail near Empire, Michigan? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, walking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park or Leelanau State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve or Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Empire ranging from 1.5 to 19.7 miles and from 597 to 1,007 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Empire
Top trails (7)
#1 - Empire Bluff Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
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 optionShow more
#2 - Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 7.1 mi
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Empire, Michigan that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving anShow more
#3 - Cottonwood Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
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 hikShow more
#4 - Treat Farm Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
The Treat Farm trail is an un-publicized trail within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. The trail begins with a gravel road gradually sloping up to the 19th century farmstead. Following a look aShow more
#5 - Windy Moraine Loop
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 45 m
Windy Moraine Loop is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Empire, Michigan. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept oShow more
#6 - Shauger Hill Hiking Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Shauger Hill Hiking Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Empire, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#7 - Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 19.7 mi • Est. 8 h 21 m
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Empire, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of acShow more