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Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route of MI 22, which is the major road through the county, runs for sixty miles from the village of Empire on the southwest around the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula to the junction of MI 72 northwest of Traverse. It presents some of the most scenic and diverse vistas in the county. The Michigan Department of Transportation designation ensures that the rural character of the county is respected in its current state and managed in a manner that highlights the intrinsic qualities of the peninsula. Under construction in 2011 with funds from the National Scenic Byways program is the first segment of the multiuse Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor. Eventually the trail will link Glen Arbor and Empire with main visitor destinations at the park.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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