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  • Ask a Local Expert a question about Glen Arbor.
    Glen Arbor, MI
    As if I need to tell you that where we live is amazing! The National Sleeping Bear Dunes were named the most beautiful place in America in 2012, and they never get old, even to the locals. Even on a rainy day, you can enjoy the story of mamma bear and her cubs that goes along with the incredible view of Lake Michigan.
  • Crystal Gober
    RE/MAX Bayshore
    For lovely hiking through the woods and over the dunes, as well as beautiful views from the overlook, visit Pyramid Point Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes. To arrive at Pyramid Point Trailhead, follow M-22 to Port Oneida Road north and then east on Basch Road. Often the trail head parking area is full; so biking in from the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to Port Oneida Road and then Basch Road may be advisable.

    Many hikers head up the trail only as far as the overlook, take a few photos and hang up a hammock. Pyramid Point overlook offers awe inspiring views of Lake Michigan, the Manitou Islands, and sometimes a Great Lakes freighter! The varying depths and shoals create beautiful shades of blues and greens in Lake Michigan. Hiking down the crazy steep dune to the water’s edge is not advised for most!

    From the backside of the overlook and just a bit to the east, a trail heads down a narrow wooded path and emerges at the crest of a dune. Hikers can follow this dune trail or race down the dune into an enormous bowl and up the other side. After several ups and downs, you approach the shore. Beware; the distance is deceiving! From the tops of these dunes, the old Sugar Loaf Ski Hill can be seen inland in the distance to the east, and the town of Leland can be seen to the northeast on the shoreline.

    Once you wander back to the trail, there is a connecting loop that will lead you back to the main trail through the woods and to the parking area. Another trail can be found on the National Lakeshore website that takes hikers through a meadow and along Basch Road as well. Be safe! Enjoy and explore!
  • Ask a Local Expert a question about Glen Arbor.
    Glen Arbor, MI
    One of the best places in the area to hike is in and around Glen Arbor. Up and down, the famous M-22, are dozens of places to pull off and enjoy a hike to overlook many of the nearby lakes and sand dunes. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend taking the time to do so. You will not regret it!
  • Glen Arbor sits along the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Glen Lake. The pristine dunes, beaches and spectacular sunsets awe visitors and locals alike. Victorian homes dominate the picturesque, maple-lined streets and shoppers find unique items crafted by local artisans in its speciality shops and galleries.

    There are plenty of restaurants, bars and food shops. Homes along its Lake Michigan shore look out to the legendary islands of Sleeping Bear. You might call this special place quaint - its year-round population is only about 800 - but it is the center of a year-round community of year-round and seasonal residents mixing with visitors that come back again and again.
  • Jules Yates
    RE/MAX Bayshore
    If ever there were an overused cliché to describe a “Beautiful Place”… it certainly wouldn’t be Glen Arbor. In fact, I am certain you will find it does not do the area justice. Glen Arbor is situated along Lake Michigan on the western shore of the Leelanau peninsula. This picturesque little community has a rustic feel with log and knotty pine structures blending in with more contemporary homes and cottages.

    The population in this area doubles in the summertime as many of the locals are not permanent residents. You certainly don’t have to live here year round to be considered a local. Many of the area residents hail from the Chicago and Detroit areas, both about a 5 hour drive.

    So what’s the attraction? Miles of sand beach, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Historic Glen Haven, The Homestead Resort, the Crystal River, Big and Little Glen Lakes. Check out the video and link!
  • Lisa Rossi
    RE/MAX Bayshore
    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, won the title of "Good Morning America's" Most Beautiful Place in America. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore consists of a 35-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. It features immense sand dunes sculpted entirely by the winds and waters.

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