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Hiking and Walking Trails, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Where the paved trail to the top of the stairs that lead down to the gorge ends is the trailhead for the four mile long River Trail. It is one of the more popular hiking trails as it runs along the Tahquamenon Riverr and connects the Upper and Lower Falls. Due to exposed roots and hilly terrain it is rated as a medium difficulty hiking trail, but also the most scenic in the park. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the park offers a shuttle service between the falls.
Overall, Tahquamenon Falls Park offers approximately 40 miles of hiking trails. Other popular hikes are the Clark Lake Trail and the Tahqua Trail that leads to the Rivermouth. This PDF map (click here) shows some of the hiking trails and points of interest worth exploring in the park. The North Country Hiking Trail also goes through the park and past the park campgrounds.
Upper Waterfalls - Tahquamenon River
Lower Waterfalls - Tahquamenon River
The lower Tahquamenon Falls are actually a cascade of several smaller waterfalls on either side of the large island in the middle of the river. The North branch falls can be reached by a boardwalk trail. The South branch and falls can be seen from the island which is accessible only by boat.
Cascades above the last drop of the Lower Tahqumaneon Falls.
Tahquamenon Falls Camping and Links
Tahquamenon Falls State Park has two primary campground areas. The largest is adjacent to the Lower Falls. It offers 188 sites with electrical service and modern washrooms. The second major area is the Rivermouth campground, which as the name suggests is near the mouth of the Tahquamenon River as it empties into Lake Superior. It has 72 sites with electricity and modern washrooms. It also has a 36 unit rustic tent camping area with vault toilets. There's also a 50 unit group camping site and a large lodge and a camper cabin available.
Paradise, Michigan and Whitefish Point
Paradise, Michigan is the closest community to Tahquamenon Falls. It stretches along the west shore of Whitefish Bay and offers gift shops, restaurants, outfitting, and lodging services.
Had a great fish fry at the Little Falls Inn near the Best Western Motel.
If you have time, take the trip north of Paradise to Whitefish Point to see the lighthouse, beach, shipwreck museum & gift shop, and the Whitefish Point Birding Observatory.
The Army Corps of Engineers "Soo Locks" at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Two Months in the
In 1845 Geologist-Historian Charles Whittlesley spent two months exploring and documenting his travels from Sault Ste. Marie to the Ontonagon River. At that time the UP had only been open for settlement for 3 years and was still very much a wild and unsettled frontier. Until recently this faacinating account of life in the early UP was "lost" in 160 year old archives. Now recovered it has now been published by the Northern Michigan University Dept of History. It is available for $10 plus postage. Contact
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