Glen Haven is located on Sleeping Bear Bay within the National Lakeshore. There is a significant amount of history relating to the site and the Park manages the Maritime Museum and even a local blacksmith shop. You can also turn left in Glen Haven and follow the road past the Maritime Museum to its end at the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead.
During migration watch for waterfowl in Sleeping Bear Bay and hike the shoreline to find shorebirds, American pipits and horned larks. Piping plovers and spotted sandpipers nest near the shore and towhees sing near the road to the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead. In winter, look for waterfowl on Sleeping Bear Bay and flocks of snow buntings and an occasional snowy owl on the dunes. There is always a chance of finding unusual gulls on the pilings in the lake at Glen Haven.
The 2.8 mile loop extending from the Sleeping Bear Point trailhead is a very unique trail that traverses a boreal microenvironment and a dunescape that provides a significant amount of diversity. A half-mile spur leads to Lake Michigan. This loop provides access to an area which can be very productive as pockets of spruce and conifer woods hold breeding Canada and Magnolia Warblers and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. This woods is a very productive migrant trap with 20+ warbler days in May.
Looking out over Lake Michigan from any location you may see common goldeneyes, common and red-breasted mergansers, common loons, horned and red-necked grebes, buffleheads, long-tailed ducks and white-winged scoters. In summer watch for Caspian terns. If you’re lucky, you might see some of the recently reintroduced trumpeter swans.
Directions: From Glen Arbor, take M-109 west for two miles until it dead ends into Glen Haven Rd. Take a right and park in the loop at the red Cannery building. To access the Trailhead, follow Sleeping Bear Dunes Rd 0.7 miles west past the Maritime Museum and the trailhead is located at the end of the gravel road extending from the Museum loop.