Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Before visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please check the park website to determine its operating status.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located along the shores of Lake Michigan in northern Michigan's Benzie and Leelanau counties, is just a short drive from Crystal Mountain. This 70,000-acre national park includes 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and the North and South Manitou Islands.
At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you will discover sand dunes that tower 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Hills and forests blanketed in trillium flowers and birch, pine, beech and maple trees. Petite lakes and meandering rivers. Castaway islands. And sunsets—unforgettable, awe-inspiring sunsets!
Every year thousands of visitors experience northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. From the popular Dune Climb to secluded beaches, you are sure to have a memorable time at this year-round national park. Make Crystal Mountain your base camp for a day trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Crystal Mountain to Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center in Empire
If you are planning to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please feel free to use the Google Map below to navigate from Crystal Mountain to the park's Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, Michigan - approximately a 30 minute drive. The Sleeping Bear Dunes website provides a Plan Your Visit section, which includes additional helpful resources.