Sleeping Bear Dunes - Cottonwood Trail

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 1.43 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Trail Website: nps.gov

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.

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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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