Empire Bluff Trail

Round trip is 1.5 miles


Beech-maple forest, fields, and dune plants

The trail leads to a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A QR code is available at the trailhead for download of a trail map. For your safety and to protect the environment: please do not descend the bluff. The trail ends at post #6 in winter because of hazardous ice and snow conditions on the boardwalk and bluffs.

Empire Bluff Trail Map
Empire Bluff Trail Map

NPS Map 2006

View of Lake MI from Empire Bluff
View of Lake MI and South Bar Lake from Empire Bluff Hiking Trail.

Terry Phipps 2005

Old Farm Equipment on Empire Bluff Trail
Old Farm Equipment along the Empire Bluff Trail marks the location of an old farm.

Kerry Kelly 2006

The view of the Lake Michigan shoreline and South Bar Lake from the Empire Bluff Overlook is spectacular. On a clear day, you will also see South Manitou Island. On this 1.5 mile round trip hike you will also find 6 numbered posts which correspond to an interpretive description of the area along the trail. Be sure to pick up a trail map brochure at the trailhead and take it along with you on your hike.

Last updated: June 16, 2022

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Empire , MI 49630


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