Sleeping Bear Dune path construction resumes this week

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Construction of a non-motorized path at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is scheduled to this week.

It’s a joint effort between the Michigan Department of Transportation, the National Park Service and other local agencies, like TART trails.

State officials said the segment will begin at the dune climb and run south to the North Empire village limit. The path is one more step toward completion of a 27-mile long trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes park.

In phase one, a 4-mile section was completed last year.

James Lake, with MDOT, said the path is designed for bicycles, wheelchairs and walkers.

“Pathways are a good way to get people into certain areas of the park they might not go unless there was a pathway that is easily traversed,” he said. “Some of the areas may be a bit too rugged for other people to use, and some people would rather use a pathway than a bicycle along a highway.”

A project map of the proposed trail can be found at