• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Cottonwood Hiking Trail


One loop of 1.4 miles


Rolling dunes


Grasses, shrubs and wildflowers of the dunes


A self-guided brochure is available at the trailhead. It describes the plant life and geology of the dunes. Much of the trail is through loose sand and is strenuous.


Download a map in pdf format.

Dunes Hiking Trails
NPS Map 2006
Cottonwood trail

View of DH Day Farm and Lake MI from the Cottonwood trail

Kerry Kelly 2006

The Cottonwood trail takes you through the perched dunes above the Dune Climb and provides access to a variety of dune plants and wildflowers.

Glen Lake from Cottonwood Trail

Glen Lake

Kerry Kelly 2006

The Cottonwood Trail provides beautiful views of Glen Lake and the Dune Climb.

Did You Know?

Lake MI Beach

If you are an artist, you can apply to the Artist-In-Residence program and stay in the Lakeshore to enjoy some solitude and focused time. Check it out. More...