Exquisite Tannery and Memorial Falls Are Two of the Best Waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Exquisite Tannery and Memorial Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan


"Beginning on May 5, 2021, the Michigan Nature Association will be temporarily closing the Twin Waterfalls Memorial Plant Preserve (also known as Memorial, Tannery, and Rudy M. Olson Falls) to all visitors. MNA is taking this action to make the following improvements to the preserve:

  • Reroute the walking trail system
  • Address erosion sites
  • Install new trailhead infrastructure and alter access sites
  • Upgrade trail and signage

These improvements seek to balance the need for protecting the Nature Sanctuary and enabling visitors to access and enjoy the falls long into the future.

Updates to the work being conducted will be shared as they are available, so be sure to check michigannature.org, as well as our social media pages, for more information.

The re-opening date of the Nature Sanctuary will depend on several factors including contractor timelines, weather, and others, but is anticipated to be re-opened in late 2022. During this time, visitation to Twin Waterfalls Memorial Plant Preserve will be strictly prohibited."

If you are searching for waterfalls that pack a WOW factor combined with great places to hike in Munising Michigan, the Tannery and Memorial falls are perfect for you! 

These twin waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are jaw dropping and the hike to them is just as awe inspiring. 

Parking Map for Tannery Falls and Memorial Falls: See Where to Park!

Parking for Twin Falls: Tannery and Memorial Falls. 

Please park on Cleveland Street, not on Nestor Street.  It's a short work to the entrance to the falls on Nestor Street.

Do not park on Washington Street as there are no parking signs posted. (This info has been verified by MNA and the city of Munising.

Memorial Falls

Tannery Falls

Tannery Falls is an exquisite waterfall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Half the fun is "finding it" after walking along a fabulous towering sandstone cliff and forest trail.  

Be Sure To Bring:

  • Water
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray or wear a bug jacket. This one is invaluable and has a hood.  It comes to right below my shorts and is a Medium.

Fun Things to Do in Munising

Munising Michigan has so much to offer, such as lighthouses, boat cruises, beaches, waterfalls and hiking! 

Visit our official Munising page for our reviews on places to eat, the Rip Tide Ride, places to visit and things to see. 

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Want More Waterfalls and FUN? 
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1.  45 Upper Peninsula Waterfalls and Jaw-Dropping Scenic Spots to Visit This Summer!

See our whole page dedicated to 45 Upper Peninsula Waterfalls and Jaw Dropping Scenic Spots Your Family Will Love This Summer!

OR...Another Awesome Choice

2. Ultimate Upper Peninsula Road Trip!

Zoom in and out of the map to see our stops!

Click the links below for full city guides, tips, maps, photos and things to do!

  • Mackinaw City (See our City Guide)
  • Mackinac Island (See our Island Guides!)
  • Tahquamenon Falls or a train ride/river boat excursion (Tons of photos, info)
  • Whitefish Point (This place is spectacular! See our photos and things to do!)
  • Manistique (be sure to visit this page, there's at least 2 full days of activities and additional map of things to see in this area)
  • Kitch-iti-kipi (Highlight of the summer! This place is jaw-dropping!)

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