Michigan is home to over 300 waterfalls, and all but one of them are in the Upper Peninsula.
Here's what we think are the best waterfalls in the UP that are within about a 3-hour drive from Trails End Resort.
TAHQUAMENON FALLS (55 min)
Tahquamenon Falls State Park is home to the magical Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls – arguably the most popular in the state. Nicknamed “The Root Beer Falls” due to the unique, copper color of the water, the Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It’s more than 200 feet across with a drop of approximately 50 feet. More than 50,000 gallons of water per second have been recorded surging over these beautiful falls.
Many visit the upper falls which are accessible with a
Four miles downstream you’ll find the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. With camping, birding, hiking, dining and other options available in the park, this waterfall is a must stop destination.
MINERS FALLS (1 hour)
The fast-flowing Miners River drops nearly 50 feet over a sandstone outcrop, creating Miners Falls – the most powerful waterfall in the Pictured Rocks park. The 1.2-mile round-trip hike (including 64 steps down to the lookout) is a popular one and great way to see some of the most treasured areas in the park due to the falls’ close proximity to Miners Beach and Miners Castle.
If you're feeling a little bold, you can hike all the way to the bottom of the falls, but this is not an official path in the park so it involves going outside the fence area and walking down a steep path to the bottom of the falls. While many locals do it, hike down to bottom at your own risk.
SABLE FALLS (45 Minutes)
Located at the eastern end of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sable Falls tumbles 75 feet over a cascading slope of unique sandstone formations into Lake Superior. Although the trail from the parking area to the falls is a short one, the best viewing is from the bottom of a long staircase consisting of 168 steps.
Sable Falls tumbles 75 feet over a cascading slope of Munising and Jacobsville sandstone formations on its way to Lake Superior. The best viewing is from the bottom of a long staircase of 168 steps. The trail from the parking area to this staircase is a short one.
One of the best parts of Sable Falls is continuing on the trail past the falls all the way to a beautiful and mostly secluded beach along Lake Superior where you get a beautiful, peaceful view of the water and of the huge sand dunes over-looking the lake. The trail from the parking lot all the way to Lake Superior and back is about 0.5 mile roundtrip.
LAUGHING WHITEFISH FALLS (1 hour, 20 min)
Laughing Whitefish Falls is one of the Upper Peninsula's many impressive waterfalls. There are three observation platforms to view the falls from different levels, which can be reached by a half-mile hike through beech-maple forest (1 mile round-trip).
AGATE FALLS (3 hours)
Considered to be one of the most picturesque in Michigan, Agate Falls cascades over shelves of erosion-resistant sandstone as if the water is rushing down steps.
Just down the road from this waterfall is the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – the largest state park in Michigan and home to an array of wildlife, recreational opportunities, and nearly 100 waterfalls. Not to mention a pristine mountain range and deep beautiful forests.
BOND FALLS (3 hours, 15 min)
Bond Falls is a gorgeous waterfall in southern Ontonagon County and one of the most popular in the U.P. The total drop of the falls is around 50 feet. There’s parking and picnic tables available near the top of the falls, along with an accessible boardwalk with six viewing locations.
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