EMPIRE

Must See and Do

This is one of my favorite towns.

It has so many beautiful attractions. 

North Bar Lake

Empire Bluff Trail

Village Park

Esch Beach

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Dune Climb

Town area includes a few restaurants, rental shops, and stores

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North Bar Lake

This is not an easy beach to get to with little's but it is worth it once you get out there.
You hike along North Bar Lake which leads to Lake Michigan.
North Bar Lake has an inlet that flows into Lake Michigan which makes this a fun place for kids to play in shallow water.
Not to mention the view is gorgeous and the water is crystal clear.
I used my baby carrier to carry my 1 year old and my 3 year walked.
We all carried our beach supplies but a wagon would work too!

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Empire Bluff Trail

This is a moderate 1.5 mile round trip trail that leads up to a bluff to view Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  It has two look out views and worth every step to get there.  My 3 year old did the hike pretty well.

We used the baby carrier for my 1 year old.

Vaulted Restrooms available.

 

PIERCE STOCKING SCENIC DRIVE

This 7 Mile Scenic Drive leads you to many lookout points to view the Sleeping Bear Dunes including Glen Lake, Lake Michigan, North Bar Lake.
$20 fee to enter

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Lake Michigan Lookout in the Pierce Stocking Drive

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The covered bridge

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North Bar Lookout

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A large dune down to Lake Michigan

 

INDIGO BLUFFS CAMPGROUND

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We rented a cabin in Indigo Bluffs which is also a campground.  It is located wonderfully to all the area attractions and also has a nice pool!

ESCH BEACH

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This beach is at an end of a dirt road.
If you head south once on the beach there is inlet from a river that runs out to Lake Michigan that the kids will love.
A little rockier of a beach but we love it!