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Stay & Play at the Heart of the Dunes

Centrally located along the famous M-22 scenic highway, Empire is the headquarters to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Staying in Empire makes it easy—truly a walk in the park! 

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The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a hard surfaced, nonmotorized multiuse trail that showcases destinations within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the two lakeshore towns of Glen Arbor and Empire. Currently the trail runs nearly 22 miles - mostly asphalt with boardwalk over wetlands, with some areas smoothly compacted crushed limestone.

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail has received designation and is identified as a Pure Michigan Trail.


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