Ocqueoc Falls Pathway

Onaway, Michigan 49765

Ocqueoc Falls Pathway

Ocqueoc Falls Pathway Professional Review and Guide

"This ride gives you a wilderness feel, yet it is close to civilization. Following a ridge through dense trees, the Ocqueoc Falls Pathway dips down to the Ocqueoc River. After crossing the river, the trail passes through pockets of old-growth trees.

The last half of the ride follows the Ocqueoc River, with several inviting overlooks offering peaceful picnic areas. The ride ends with views of the Ocqueoc Falls, the largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsula. Hazards include sand and cars at the end of the ride when the trail dumps out onto Ocqueoc Falls Road. There are also many intersecting doubletracks and adventurous singletracks to explore. Tread: 6.3 miles of doubletrack, 0.3 mile of singletrack."

More Ocqueoc Falls Pathway Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway offers three loops through terrain bordering one of northeast Michigan’s premier steelhead and salmon streams. The shortest of the three loops is 3 miles and caters to the casual hiker with only moderate changes in elevation. The 5-mile and 6-mile loops share the same route, but extend farther along the Ocqueoc River through some very sandy and hilly terrain. An added difficulty is the remoteness of the outer legs of the first two loops and the entire third loop north of the Little Ocqueoc River.

The Ocqueoc River falls, created by a series of limestone escarpments, are the largest falls in the Lower Peninsula. The mix of highland hardwoods and pines here blend with cedar bogs and swamps along the trail to create a tapestry of color, particularly in fall. Wildlife abounds along the trail, including deer, wild turkey, small game, and a variety of waterfowl."

Ocqueoc Falls Pathway Reviews

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It was a good trail. However, it had its problems. The tree covering was limited in areas of the thrid loop. The fall are also at the very beginning or at the very end. This makes it hard becuase you are ready to be done if you what until the end, and you've wasted the suprize if you see it at the beginning. It is a good trail for a family, and couples. The falls are great! There is alot of people around the falls, but if you don't mind people then it is a great view. The map of the trail is a little diffrent then on trail.com, but if you referto the trail head map it is easy to figure out the differences.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
1 - 2 hours
Best spring through fall
Mackinaw State Forest, Atlanta Forest Unit
Local Contacts
USGS Ocqueoc
Local Maps

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Nov 2018