What better way to experience Sleeping Bear Dunes than rolling on two wheels through a forest canopy of hardwoods and scenic lake views? Although bikes aren’t permitted on the park’s popular hiking trails, there are plenty of backcountry cycling options in the Empire area ranging from effortless to extreme. Rent a cargo bike for the kids and pedal to a picnic or hit the dirt for a trail-to-beach adventure.



Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

This paved, multi-use trail spans over 20 gorgeous miles from Empire to Glen Arbor and beyond. Accessible to all—bikers, hikers, wheelchairs, strollers, skiers, and more.

Glen Lake Loop

This 19-mile ride around both Glen Lakes is rolling and very scenic with one major climb up to Inspiration Point on CR 616. Park at the Dune Climb to start, and end with a picnic. Best ridden counter-clockwise.

Pierce Stocking Drive

This famous Sleeping Bear tour proves challenging on bike, but intensely rewarding. Stop along the scenic points to catch your breath and be sure to watch the best sunset in the park at marker #9. This traffic-heavy and hilly 7.4 mile loop is for the experienced riders.

Shauger Hill Rd

One of Empire’s best backcountry biking routes, this 3.2 – 6 mile loop takes you through shaded rolling hills and secluded forests. Connecting North Bar Beach to Pierce Stocking Drive, this off-road option can easily be combined with other biking routes and the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Esch/Aral Rd

Catch a glimpse of wildlife in this remote section of the park just south of Empire. Through hilly woods and wetlands, this route connects to popular Esch Road beach. Follow Aral Road north to Norconk Road and hike the epic meadow-to-bluff footpath at historic Treat Farm. 1.3 – 4.4 miles

Lasso/Petersen Road

Connecting to Peterson Road and M-22 for a full 3-mile loop, Lasso Road takes riders through a pleasant and moderately hilly pine-oak-aspen forest. Make a day of it by ending at Petersen beach for a rewarding dip in Lake Michigan.