Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leelanau County, Michigan
Working together with the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee (LSHR) and officials from the National Park Service a master plan was developed for over 27 miles of non-motorized trail. The trailway, when implemented, will provide users with one of the most scenic and culturally rich non-motorized routes in the Country. The linear trailway will allow users to move in and out of several unique natural and cultural landscapes as they traverse the M-22 Corridor from Benzie County north through the Villages of Empire, Glen Haven, Glen Arbor, Port Onieda, and ending at Good Harbor Bay.
The Master Plan included an environmental assessment (EA), trailway alignment, and typical cross-section development standards and details. The environmental assessment was completed under close evaluation of the National Park Service and included the evaluation of several trail options. Trail options were then individually evaluated based on set criteria. Two (2) trailway alternative routes were then conceived and evaluated for environmental impact to the greater Lakeshore area.