Tahquamenon Falls

Paradise, Michigan

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Mention Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and most Michigan nature lovers think of the famous waterfalls. The Upper Falls, nearly 50 feet high and 200 feet across, is a well-known icon. Its sibling, the roaring series of drops known as the Lower Falls, is a beauty in its own right. The Upper Falls may well be Michigan’s most famous, but it is not the only superlative in these parts. Between the falls, beside the river, is the largest old-growth hardwood forest remnant in the eastern U.P. This virgin forest features 2,300 acres of sugar maple, American beech, eastern hemlock, and yellow birch. Few and far between are the remaining significant chunks of Michigan’s old-growth forest. The last large stands are here, along the Tahquamenon River and in the Porcupine Mountains and Sylvania Wildernesses. Add this all together and you have the makings of an outstanding hike.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)

Mention Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and most Michigan nature lovers think of the famous waterfalls. The Upper Falls, nearly 50 feet high and 200 feet across, is a well-known icon. Its sibling, the roaring series of drops known as the Lower Falls, is a beauty in its own right.

The Upper Falls may well be Michigan’s most famous, but it is not the only superlative in these parts. Between the falls, beside the river, is the largest old-growth hardwood forest remnant in the eastern U.P. This virgin forest features 2,300 acres of sugar maple, American beech, eastern hemlock, and yellow birch. Few and far between are the remaining significant chunks of Michigan’s old-growth forest. The last large stands are here, along the Tahquamenon River and in the Porcupine Mountains and Sylvania Wildernesses. Add this all together and you have the makings of an outstanding hike.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Paradise
Distance: 6.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Tahquamenon Falls State Park (906) 492-3415
Local Maps: USGS Timberlost, Betsy Lake South
Driving Directions: Directions to Tahquamenon Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

7/22/2010
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I love this trail. Here you will see the true beauty of the UP


10/20/2009
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first time here, great trail! going from lower to upper the end reward is brilliant. there is an outdoor fireplace to warm up and a brewpub!


8/17/2009
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Great hike along the river from the lower to the upper falls. side hike through the woods not so good.


10/5/2007
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Upper Falls were nice, but the Lower Falls area was more beautiful. You can rent a rowboat to go out to the island near the Lower Falls. Nice overlooks, trail well maintained, boardwalk.



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