Sleeping Bear Dunes: Windy Moraine Trail
After a stunning trek like the Empire Bluff Trail or the Dunes Trail, the scenery along the Windy Moraine Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore may seem, well, ho-hum at best. But arrive in early October with your children in toll and this foot path is a delightful afternoon walk. In the winter the trail at times can be a wild downhill run on Nordic skis.
The 1.5-mile loop is located opposite of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and basically climbs its namesake moraine, a nearly 300-foot high ridge, before descending back to the trailhead. Along the way are nine numbered posts that corresponds to an interpretive brochure stocked at a trailhead map box or can be downloaded from this page. The brochure points out everything from the “edge effect” between forests and fields and woodpecker holes to a 200-year-old maple in effort to teach the importance of diversity in nature.
Good lessons for children or their parents.
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