Sleeping Bear Dunes - North Manitou Island Trail

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 33.79 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Trail Website:

North Manitou has 15,000 acres of wilderness and 20 miles of shoreline for visitors to explore. Self-reliance is essential as there are no services or supplies available on island. Travel in the wilderness area is by foot only. With many miles of trails in a highly remote location, North Manitou is a hiking and backcountry camping destination.

For trail descriptions and a map, check out More details about the island and backcountry camping here are available at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore website.

Access to North and South Manitou Islands is by private boat or by passenger ferry service operated by Manitou Island Transit. The ferry service operates from the Fishtown Dock located in Leland, MI. 



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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