Alligator Hill Trails

Glen Arbor, Michigan 49636

Alligator Hill Trails

Alligator Hill Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Hiking and cross-country skiing trails in the inland portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. An off-shore trail system offering a unique look at the "rest of the story' of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including glacial terrain, upland and wetland habitats, wildlife, and, in season, carpets of wildflowers.

The Alligator Hill system is one of the few trail systems in the park that does not provide a panoramic view of the lakeshore. But these inland trails are just as important in understanding the complete picture of the Sleeping Bear region, offering a look into the nature of the region that was also carved by retreating glaciers and years of wear from lakeshore breezes and Michigan winters. The trails weave through a mixture a field and forest habitats that attract large numbers of birds and other wildlife. In springtime, the trails are bordered by a rich mixture of wildflowers."

Alligator Hill Trails Reviews

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A nice change up from the sandy hikes this area normally offers. Great for trial running. Lots of hills. Try running the trial in reverse if you want a intense climb on the advanced trial. Also the road labeled 209 on the map should read 109 and the name of the road labeled "Day Forest Road" is actually called "Farm Day Rd" or "Farm Day Rd.". Do not miss the look out over Glen Lake if the day is sunny it is absolutely amazing! There also also quite a few side trials not shown on the map that dead end.

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Trail Information

Glen Arbor
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Fall rates highest among the choices for hikers; the loops are groomed cross-country ski trails when winter arrives, so they won't be available during the coldest months.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Local Contacts
National Park Service area map.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018