The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a paved route that provides new access to important habitat in Leelanau County. The bike trail extends from the Dune Climb in Empire to Glen Arbor. The portion from the Dune Climb to Glen Haven passes through wetland, spruce forest, and dune scrub and the section from Glen Haven to Glen Arbor traverses a mix of beech maple forest and runs the length of a huge ridge at the base of Alligator Hill. A portion just east of the DH Day campground is home to a significant amount of breeding Blackburnian Warblers, a spectacular warbler that is the only warbler with a bright orange breast. They don’t hold still for very long, but they are spectacular to see and they represent yet another benefit of the new access to a previously inaccessible area. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail currently spans 4.2 miles and will ultimately cover 27 miles of diverse habitat. This paved trail is a unique opportunity to bird by bike in the National Park and cover a significant amount of habitat in a critical and very diverse area of the Park.