Michigan U.P.- Tahquamenon Falls

Michigan U.P.- Tahquamenon Falls

Back in 2012 while living in Michigan, I decided to do a 3 day road trip through the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula. Breath taking scenery. One of the sites we saw was Tahquamenon Falls. A must see for any one who loves waterfalls!

 

The first couple pictures shown are of Mackinac Bridge. This is a beautiful suspension bridge that connects Upper and Lower Michigan over the Straits of Mackinac. The Straits of Mackinac is the body of water connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Tahquamenon Falls is located in Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the second largest state park in Michigan at 46,179-acres. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is the largest state park in Michigan (over 60,000 acres). Tahquamenon Falls State Park has over 22 miles of hiking trails in the park. So if the falls get a little to crowded for your liking, there are plenty of way to hike in solitude.

The large falls, which is pictured in most of my pictures below, has a 48 foot drop and is more then 200 feet across. During the spring, over 50,000 gallons of water can run through the falls per second. That makes it the third most voluminous waterfall east of the Mississippi. First and second would be Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls in New York.

The falls are open year round (although I recommend going in the spring as the volume of water is the greatest due to snow runoff). There are 25 hiking trails in the area, so plenty to do. I do highly recommend getting to the upper falls early. When we went, there was a line down the street to get into the park.