Take a Hike in the Visitor Center
The Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center offers a wealth of information about the park and the natural and human history of the area. Study the large relief map to see what the area looks like. Follow the life of a dune in the displays featuring beach, active dunes, shrub zone, pine/oak forest, and beech/maple forest habitats. Go on a scavenger hunt and explore the animals, plants, and rocks in the exhibit. View the 15 minute slide show that describes the legends and history of the area through beautiful photos that highlight beauty of the seasons in the Lakeshore.
Did You Know?
North Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is located in the pristine waters of Lake Michigan about 8 miles off the Northwest part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's 15,000 acres, managed as wilderness is Backpacking Heaven! More...