0.1 Miles / 0.2 km
Time to Hike:
~5 minutes
Surface Type:
Universal Access
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Empire, Michigan
44.853499, -86.059936
September 25, 2022
October 07, 2022
2 '

Total Change
2 '

2 '


The North Bar Overlook at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan is an easy 0.1-mile out-and-back universally accessible trail that leads to two views of Lake Michigan and the much smaller North Bar Lake.

This is not a hike but rather a short walk along a paved path that leads to two vista points. The northern vista has a small wooden viewing platform with wooden benches to visitors can sit and enjoy the scenery. At the southern overlook is a larger viewing platform with the best views of Lake Michigan. North Bar Lake sits between Lake Michigan and a small section of land, which ends up looking like a river from the vista. If you notice a small strip of water before Lake Michigan, that's North Bar Lake.

Universal Access
This is a universal access trail that follows a paved path.

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
This walk is part of the Piece Stocking Scenic Drive within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. An entry fee is required.

Parking & Fees
Hikers will find parking at the coordinates provided. The lot is large enough to fit about a dozen vehicles. As of September 2022, there was a $25 entry fee for the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, but also gives hikers access to other trails at the park.

According to the official site, dogs are not prohibited from trails within the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Please keep your dog on a leash and carry out their waste.

Explore 4 trails near Empire, MI
  1. Parking

    44.853499, -86.059936
  2. Main Trailhead

    44.853499, -86.059936
  3. North Bar Overlook (north vista)

    44.853122, -86.059914
    North Bar Overlook (north vista)
  4. North Bar Overlook (south vista)

    44.852886, -86.059714
     North Bar Overlook (south vista)
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0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Trail added
September 25, 2022
Hiked on
September 22, 2022
Updated on
October 07, 2022
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
September 22, 2022

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