Waterfalls of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Becca Ballard

How crazy is this.. the U.P. is home to all but one of Michigan’s waterfalls. There are more than 300 falls scattered across the U.P. and almost all require some hiking to reach, but well worth the trip. The most popular have paths to follow, although several are barrier-free. The best time to see them is in the spring when even the smallest falls come to life. Although the spring is a great time to get out there and see these amazing falls, they are also so beautiful in winter. The winter even offers a different kind of hiking if you are up for the challenge, try ice climbing. So book your trip to explore right now. Check out these waterfalls below on your next trip to Michigan's U.P.

Hungarian Falls

Dover Creek tumbles overs a series of falls on its way down to Torch Lake, making its way to the Hungarian Falls. Two of the falls are around 20 feet high, and the last is a 50 foot drop, which is spectacular when the water is flowing. Unfortunately, these falls are often nearly dry in the summer months. In the spring time, or after some rain, these waterfalls are very impressive. Layers of sandstone and collapsed boulders create a steep gorge around the falls, perfectly framing the falling water. Hemlocks and white pine ring the gorge and shade it from sun and winds. Hungarian Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls of the Keweenaw for locals and college students both. This upper drop has good flow for most of the year while the lower drops are best visited during the spring, when the reservoir is overwhelmed by the snowmelt.

Laughing Whitefish Falls

Laughing Whitefish Falls is another one of the many Lake Superior waterfalls. This waterfall looks like a long slide. The waterfall is named due to the mouth of the river resembles a laughing fish when viewed by the Ojibwe from Lake Superior. The falls cascade through a picture perfect gorge with white pine and hemlock towering above. The falls can be reached by a moderate, 0.6 mile hike through beech-maple forest. This flat trail hike through the woods gets you to the top of this spectacular waterfall. If you don't mind depending about 130 steps, you can walk down to the bottom of the falls and enjoy an up close and personal view of the entire falls.

Miner's Falls, Munising

Located in Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore is Miner's Falls. Ever wanted to go waterfall swimming? If yes, this is the destination for you! When you arrive at the falls, there is an upper and lower platform for viewing. Head down to the lower platform for the most amazing views. It is said that after Munising Falls, this is the most accessible of the Pictured Rocks waterfalls. It is an impressive waterfall and easy to get to so you can't get better than that!

Visit Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park has a lot to offer from hiking trails, inland lakes for boating and fishing, five campgrounds, snow sports in the winter, a brew pub and about 20,000 acres of natural beauty. The Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi and has an unreal drop of nearly 50 feet. In the spring, the water flows at more than 50,000 gallons per second. Winter or summer, this is a visit you don't want to miss out on.

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