Did you know the Upper Falls is the largest waterfall in Michigan? It is absolutely breathtaking during all four of Michigan's seasons.
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:
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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