Platte Plains Trails

Empire, Michigan

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A 13-mile trail system divided into three shorter loops, 3.6, 4.5 and 6 miles. Dune scenery highlights these relatively easy lakeshore hikes through rolling terrain. The Platte River Campground is a popular stop for summer users of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, but few venture out on the trails, leaving hikers a bit of solitude and the beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline. This trail system also has a remote wilderness campground, with no water, sources of food, or heavy foot–traffic to spoil your adventure. The loops of the trail system allow for plenty of time to explore the varied environments found along these trails. Lakes, streams, and the full range of dry habitats make a visit to the Platte Plains Trail a constantly changing adventure.
Hiking Michigan

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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

A 13-mile trail system divided into three shorter loops, 3.6, 4.5 and 6 miles. Dune scenery highlights these relatively easy lakeshore hikes through rolling terrain. The Platte River Campground is a popular stop for summer users of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, but few venture out on the trails, leaving hikers a bit of solitude and the beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

This trail system also has a remote wilderness campground, with no water, sources of food, or heavy foot–traffic to spoil your adventure. The loops of the trail system allow for plenty of time to explore the varied environments found along these trails. Lakes, streams, and the full range of dry habitats make a visit to the Platte Plains Trail a constantly changing adventure.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Empire
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Midsummer to early fall.
Local Contacts: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Local Maps: National Park Service Platte Plains Trail map; USGS Beulah quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Platte Plains Trails

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