Dunes, Trails, & Beaches

Best of all….THE DUNE CLIMB is a quick drive, or a couple miles on your bike down the Heritage Trail and through Glen Haven from the inn. Guests have actually marked their stay with a climb-up-and-run-down-the-front-face both morning and evening. More ambitious? The full Dune Climb is a strenuous 3.5 mile round trip from the parking lot to the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.
More experiences? Explore "The Five Great Experiences at the Water in Glen Arbor and the Leelanau Peninsula." Unforgettable!


Tramp through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore with views of Glen Lake, Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Something for everyone. Details have been carefully mapped by the dedicated Friends of Sleeping Bear.  



  • Old Indian, 2 loops of about 2.5 miles; one easy, the other moderate. Woods walking and a view of Lake Michigan.
  • Sleeping Bear Point, a 2.8 mile strenuous hike through dunes with a view of Lake Michigan.
  • Alligator Hill : 3 loops of 3.0 to 4.7 miles of moderate woods hiking with views of Lake Michigan and Glen Lakes.
  • Pyramid Point : a moderate hike of 1.2 miles to the overlook and back, or take the 2.7 mile loop. These are moderate hikes providing woods and views of Lake Michigan, and the Manitou Islands.


Wind through the woods on the stunning Pierce Stocking Drive with twelve marked stops, including the best dune-and-water views anywhere at the Lake Michigan Overlook Stop #9. Only this summer, Pierce Stocking is open on Saturdays and Sundays.



Spend a day or days – after all, this is what you came for – on Lake Michigan’s sugar sand beaches just 500 feet down the road or at nearby Empire, Glen Haven, or Port Oneida. We’ll point the way from the inn, and even put a beach chair on your shoulder.