Yoopers (residents of the U.P.) and trolls (residents of the Lower Peninsula, who live below the Mackinac Bridge) alike often refer to the U.P. as God's country. Paradise goes so far as to claim title. Located on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay, Paradise is the closest community to Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest falls in the eastern United States. The ramble is an out-and-back ride from Paradise, with stops at the lower and then the more dramatic upper falls, which stretch more than 200 feet between riverbanks and cascade over a 50-foot drop. There are more than 150 named waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but the upper and lower falls of the Tahquamenon River stand apart.
They are mentioned in great literature; in Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow's hero builds his birch-bark canoe beside the rushing waters. The upper falls are especially spectacular in winter, when the churning amber water defies logic and resists freezing. Spray coats the trees and riverbanks with a thick layer of frost and ice formations. It's a bit chilly for biking then, though, and the other seasons have their own appeal, too. Summer and fall are probably the best times for biking to the falls. Terrain: Flat to rolling. A gradual downhill into the lower falls and uphill back out.
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