Sleeping Bear Dunes: Treat Farm Trail
Combining Treat Farm Trail with Empire Bluff Trail would be a semi-loop of 3.2 miles that would leave you 1.2 miles from where you parked your vehicle. That includes 200 yards along M-22, a busy road in the summer.
The Treat Farmhouse was built by the Tweddle family around 1880. In 1895 the Tweddles moved to the picturesque farm at the corner of Norconk Road and in 1912 sold 220 acres to Charles Treat and his wife. The farmhouse, chicken coop, and carpentry workshops were already at the farm when the Treat family moved in.
But the farm lacked a barn so Treat purchased one in the Detroit area and had it disassembled, with each piece numbered, and shipped in two railroad cars to Empire. From there it was moved to the current site using a horse-drawn team and Treat, an engineer, laid a foundation and reassembled the barn.
This hike begins across Norconk Road from the historic Tweddle Farm, now used to house National Park Service seasonal employees as well as the park’s Artists-In-Residence program, passes through another farm and rewards you with specular watery views that are the trademark of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
|Difficulty - Easy