There is no shortage of hiking trails in this park, and although you might not get the views you'd see in a kayak, these trails will still lead you to some incredible vistas.
The 1.5 mi Empire Bluff Trail is short and easy, and it will lead you to a fantastic view of Empire, the dunes, and Lake Michigan. For another overlook of Lake Michigan, head to Pyramid Point Trail, a 2.8 mile trail that takes you through lush forests to an opening that provides breathtaking views of the lake.
And, finally, you can't miss the Dune Climb. It's the most famous, and notoriously difficult, trail in the park. With the short distance of 3.6 miles round trip, this trail seems deceptively easy until you take your first step into the sand. You'll find yourself sinking into the ground as you climb sandy dunes, fully at the mercy of the Michigan sun. Bring lots of water, sun protection, and shoes so your feet don't get burned. Most importantly, bring your bathing suit so you can dive into the lake when you arrive at the beach.