Sleeping Bear Dunes - Cottonwood Trail

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 1.43 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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The Cottonwood trail takes you through the perched dunes above the Dune Climb. The trail offers beautiful views of the surrounding parkland and of Glen Lake. You can also see a variety of dune plants and wildflowers. Much of the trail is through loose sand and can be strenuous.

A Park Pass is required for all trail use within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Fee information.


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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