Little Garlic River

Marquette, Michigan 49855

Little Garlic River

Little Garlic River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Little Garlic River is one of those quiet hikes that steadily grows on you, one subtle scene at a time. Both the Little Garlic River, a pristine brook trout stream that the trail follows, and the surrounding forest are a pleasure to the eye.

Four serene miles from the trailhead, the path arrives at Little Garlic Falls, a scenic stretch of cascades, rapids, and swift water running through a rocky cleft."

Little Garlic River Trip Reports

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We hiked here on Saturday 9/13. Beautiful trail, although we only made it about half way to the falls as billed this trail to be .5 miles from the trailhead. we ran out of time and had to turn back about 4 miles into the hike.
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I try to make it to the falls at least once a year. I recommend doing this in late April after the snow melts, or in mid-September to November 15th. I feel this will help you avoid bugs and deer hunters. The Elliot-Donnelley wilderness (Little Garlic) trailhead starts just off of CR 550. Head towards Big Bay. When the four lane ends, slow down and keep your eyes on the left. Just past a bridge going over a small river (the Little Garlic) there is a parking area. There are some modest hills, nothing too bad. One way is 3.8 miles. The Michigan DNR or some nice volunteer groups have built foot bridges and boardwalks over the wetter spots. The majority of the trail parallels the river, making for some nice scenery. I don’t recommend mountain bikes, even if they are allowed at all. Bring along plenty of water, a camera, a friend, or better yet, a dog or two!

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Trail Information

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Best May through October
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, (906) 346-9201, www.michigan .gov/dnr
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