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Old Indian Trails is a series of two loops, 2.3 miles and 2.25 miles in length. Originally created by Native American reaching fishing grounds, the trails now make for a good half-day summer or fall hike. Primarily engulfed by mixed hardwoods and pines, Old Indian Trail can be a pleasant break from the park's typical sun-drenched sand trails. Good hiking shoes are recommended for the trail, particularly when you're on the westward leg where a sandy spur trail carries you to the shoreline offering fabulous views of the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes and both South and North Manitou Islands. (Look for the sign that reads Platte Bay.) Retrace your steps back to the main trail where within a short distance you're given the opportunity to hike the inner loop.

Notes: Trail is open for winter cross-country skiing. Trails are not groomed. Hunters do use this area during the fall hunting season; wear blaze orange when hiking.

Directions: From Empire, MI, At the junction of M-72 and M-22 lies the NPS Visitor Center. Take M-22 south for about 12 miles to trailhead.

Distance: 4.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

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