A federal agency has awarded a $1.6 million grant to continue building a hard-surfaced trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The U.S. Department of Transportation approved the funding this week. It will pay for a 3.1-mile stretch of the trail, starting at Port Oneida Road and ending at Leelanau County Road 669.
When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will extend for 27 miles through the national lakeshore. The trail is designed for non-motorized uses such as hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.
It will link the lakeshore's main visitor attractions with the neighboring communities of Glen Arbor and Empire.
The initial four-mile section opened in June between Glen Arbor and the dune climb area.