Did you know the Upper Falls is the largest waterfall in Michigan? It is absolutely breathtaking during all four of Michigan's seasons.
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Tahquamenon Falls is 1 hour, 30 minutes (80 miles) from Mackinaw City. You will cross the Mackinac Bridge on Interstate 75 and then continue north on US 123 to the Falls.
This gorgeous pond is located on the north side of US 123, just before reaching the park. It's really jaw dropping!
How much does it cost to get into Tahquamenon Falls?
In State: You can get a Recreation Passport through the Secretary of State when renewing license tabs. If you don't have a Passport, vehicles will pay $17, motorcycles will pay $11. Pay at the entrance.
Out of State: There is a $9 single day pass if you are an out of state tourist. You can get into any Michigan State Park including both sites (Upper and Lower Falls) at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Pay at the entrance.
Here is what I always bring when headed to the falls:
If you are wondering where to stay near Tahquamenon Falls, the two towns closest to the Falls are Newberry, Michigan and Paradise, Michigan. We have hotels and lodging options for both towns below.
We always stay in Newberry. Mostly out of habit as we go there for snowmobiling in the winter and there are more amenities.
This Tahquamenon Falls hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. We enjoyed the pool.
Address: 13954 State Hwy M-28, Newberry, Michigan
The Quality Inn and Suites is where we personally stay. It's 30 miles (35 minutes) to Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
The check in area is very nice and I love their store with cute things from the UP. We had a suite with a separate bedroom which was nice and the bed was comfortable.
Address: 7967 N. M-123, Paradise, MI 49768, United States of America
The Tahquamenon Suites Lodging motel is only 12 minutes (10.8 miles) from Tahquamenon Falls State Park! The nice thing is, the rooms have a kitchen, which is super important if you have a special diet, prefer to cook your own meals to save money with families or want to have breakfast and snacks before you leave for the day.
The motel rooms have air conditioning, a large seating area, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, dining area and a private bathroom.
Looking for Tahquamenon Falls camping options? Here are three great Tahquamenon Falls camping spots with a map of their locations above.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Portage Campground- 6867 N Lower Campground Ln, Paradise, MI 49768.
Tahquamenon State Park Campground North-Unnamed Road, Paradise, MI 49768
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Rivermouth Campgrounds- 41382 M-123, Paradise, MI 49768
Each of these camp sites have their merits so read more: Book camping reservations here at Michigan.gov.
41382 W. M 123, Paradise MI, 49768
At 200 feet wide and 50 feet tall, the Upper Falls is absolutely breathtaking! You only need to walk a quarter-mile of paved trail to reach the viewing areas.
Climb the 94 steps down to the Brink viewing area to get a closer look at the magnificent falls. For another spectacular viewing spot, follow the paved trail downstream to the gorge, where 116 steps continue to the river's edge.
From the Gorge View, you can hike the River Trail 4.8 miles to the lower falls.
Handicap accessible restrooms are located by the entrance to the trail that leads to the Upper Falls.
As you can see, Tahquamenon Falls is spectacular during all four seasons!
After parking at the Upper Falls, we recommend putting your name in for reservations at the Tehquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub. Don't wait until you are starving (nobody wants to deal with "Hangry" emerging, lol!) as the wait can be over an hour during prime tourist summer months (we learned the hard way).
There are also a few other walk up food choices also, like a really good taco place that I ate at while waiting for a table at the brewery.
While you are waiting for your table, wander through the fantastic stores for souvenirs, clothing and fun finds! Camp 33 Gift Shop has a great variety of apparel and a huge selection of shoes, purses, jewelry, toys and handcrafted goods.
The entrance to the Lower Falls is four miles east of the Upper Falls along M-123. You can photograph these falls along a paved walkway. A quarter-mile boardwalk will take you through a thick forest leading to viewing platforms for an up-close look at the falls.
This is a view of the island taken from the main path to the Lower Falls. The boardwalk on the left of the photo above is on the island.
It is fun to hike the circle around the island to truly see the Lower Falls, and the rental rowboats are the perfect (and only) way to get there!
The boats are very stable and life vests are provided. Safe for kids to ride along. You can pay with credit card at the nearby gift shop before walking down to the launching area.
Here is a fantastic map of the hiking trails, parking locations, restroom spots and layout. You can see the location for the boat rentals and the island on the map.
Tahquamenon Falls offers fantastic hiking opportunities with wonderful views and shady spots. See the trail map above to begin planning your trip!
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