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Tahquamenon Falls State Park
The Tahquamenon Falls State Park harbors one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the majestic Upper Tahquamenon Falls. The park encompasses a total of 50,000 acres of pure virgin forests, waterfalls and a majestic river. Four miles down stream is the Lower Falls with a series of 5 smaller waterfalls that cascade around an island. Within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park you will find: 40 miles of hiking trails, 13 inland lakes, 24 miles of the Tahquamenon River
The Upper Tahquamenon Falls and Lower Tahquamenon Falls are a short 1/2 hr drive from our hotel. The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is over 200 feet wide and 48 feet tall. When we receive high precipitation, over 50,000 gallons of water spill over the waterfall per second. You will need a park pass to visit Michigan's State Parks.
Take a walk along the quarter-mile paved trail to the viewing areas. Climb the 93 steps down to the brink viewing platform to get an up-close look and feel the mist in your face. For those with even more energy, follow the paved trail downstream to the gorge, where 112 steps wind down to the river's edge.
Upper Falls location also has the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub, Camp 33 Gift Shop, additional food carts and food window for quick eats, a very large Camp 33 deck for picnicking, rocking chairs to relax in.
Lower Tahquamenon Falls offers concessions with a deli and ice cream, The Lower Tahquamenon Falls Island Adventure, quarter-mile boardwalk, and plenty of waterfalls to cool off in.
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"It is as beautiful as the pictures you see online. There are trails and lots of stairs but so worth it. It's just something you can't come to the UP and not see!! There are bathrooms, gift shops and restaurants. Plenty of parking." — Katherine W, Trip Advisor 5/5
Why does the Tahquamenon River look like root-beer?
The Tahquamenon river was made famous in the Longfellow poem Hiawatha. According to Indian lore, the origin of the name Tahquamenon is attributed to the water's amber color, which is the result of leaching of tanic acid from the cedar and hemlock swamps that feed the river. The Tahquamenon is special in many ways.
Tahquamenon State Park Moose
Newberry, MI is the Moose Capital of Michigan and although they are elusive creatures, most sightings occur in the Tahquamenon State Park. The area and terrain is immense and a perfect setting for the lifestyle of the moose. Moose are mammals and eat plans. Their habitat consists of coniferous forests (like that of the park) with lakes, rivers and marshes. Female moose often give birth to a single calf. The life expectancy of a moose is 8 to 25 years and they can weigh up to 1,500 lbs.
"Breathtaking! My wife and I stumbled upon these falls in our last little adventure into the UP. Incredible! Breathtaking! Phenomenal! They are gorgeous. They are set back in the woods approximately 1/4 mile, but it is well worth the hike to see the falls! We'll be visiting them again!" — Trip Advisor Member
Lower Tahquamenon Falls - "Nature's Water-park!"
The entrance to the Lower Falls is four miles east of the Upper Falls along M-123. These falls are easily viewed and photographed from the paved walkway. A quarter-mile boardwalk will take you through thick coniferous forest, ending at the viewing platforms for an up-close experience. Located just 4 miles downstream from the Upper Falls, the Lower Tahquamenon Falls is really a complete surprise to many visitors. People can hike, rent a boat and fish, park there boat at the island and enjoy "Nature's Water-park".
Many small waterfalls cascade around an island for people to enjoy and cool off in the summer heat. There is also a four mile hike to the Upper Falls and entails a winding path along the Tahquamenon River. The trail is long, please be prepared and bring adequate supplies.
Hike Between The Falls
Hiking is the most popular activity in the park. The 5-mile River Trail parallels the Tahquamenon River between the Upper and Lower Falls, traversing through old-growth forest, giant cedars and hemlocks, and beautiful wild flowers. Hikers can park their vehicle at the Lower Falls and take a shuttle to the trail head at the Upper Falls. Closed-toe shoes, water and snacks are recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome on the shuttle and the hiking trails. Shuttles run seasonal, so please call in advance: (386) 227-7768 or visit there websites at: www.trailspotters.com
Great Eats, Gifts & Rentals Along the Way
Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub
Fine Dining & Handcrafted Brews – full bar
This beautiful establishment offers a large array of foods from appetizers, sandwiches to entrées. You can also try one of the UP’s favorite dishes, the Yooper Pasty.
24019 Upper Falls Drive
Paradise MI, 49768
Phone: (906) 492-3300
Camp 33 Gift Shop
24019 Upper Falls Drive
Paradise MI, 49768
Phone: (906) 492-3341
Lower Falls Concessions
Deli, sandwiches, ice cream and gifts
Location: Lower Falls
Lower Tahquamenon Falls Island Adventure
Rent a boat to see all five Lower Falls from the island and row around the Falls Basin. The Falls Basin has a variety of fish just waiting to be caught.
"Gorgeous in the Winter! We have always loved the UP, especially in winter! The Upper falls are easy to get to. There’s a brewery that stays open in the winter (although it is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas) so the driveway is plowed. It’s a short walk to the upper falls from the parking lot and the trail seemed like they had shoveled. There are steps (less than 100) down to a viewing platform. The lower falls are trickier. Only the main entrance was plowed. You have to trek down the rest of the drive to the falls. We took a sled to haul the little man and I would HIGHLY recommend that for families with little kids. My son is 4 and was worn out after the upper falls. Also, the bathrooms at the upper falls were open, but not at the lower falls. Well worth the effort and gorgeous covered in fluffy snow and ice!"—Carrie Anne S, Trip Advisor 5 Stars
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Oswald's Bear Ranch - 15 minutes
Nature's Kennel - 20 minutes
Newberry Country Club - 1 minute
Upper Tahquamenon Falls - 30 minutes
Lower Tahquamenon Falls - 33 minutes
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Crisp Point Lighthouse - 1hr
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Luce County Historical Museum - 5 minutes
Seney Wildlife Refuge - 40 minutes
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Garlyn Zoo - 30 minutes
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Mackinaw City - 70 minutes
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