On our way to Sault Ste. Marie, we stopped in Brimley MI for a couple nights and made the trek to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Brimley is about 45 miles away and the closest FHU campground to the Falls I could find. I needed to catch up on the laundry :) We considered the state park campground in Paradise, but those FHU’s won. That and a memory of Sherry and David getting almost carried away by the mosquitos up there in June. Mosquitos love us so a day trip sounded a little safer to us :)
We took the “scenic” route via the Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway. I’m not so sure about scenic as it was miles and miles of forest on both sides of the road but occasionally there would be a pull-off to enjoy a view of Lake Superior. I think it would be a spectacular drive in the Fall!
We eventually arrived at Tahquamenon (rhymes with phenomenon) Falls State Park, the 2nd largest Michigan state park, and headed to the Lower Falls. The .3 mile “trail” to the Falls was beautiful.
The Lower Falls consists of 5 small falls cascading around an island.
A 4 mile hike through the woods leads to the Upper Falls where 2,662 gals of water flowed per second. In the Spring, as much as 50,000 gals of water flows per second!
The .4 mile path to the Upper Falls was paved and handicapped accessible.
The Upper Falls is one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi with a drop of nearly 50 feet and is over 200 feet across. The brown color you see is tannin leached from the cedar swamps where the river drains.
We opted to take the 96 steps to the “up close and personal” viewing platform :) The water spray misted our faces as we stood there admiring the view. This is a magnificent place to visit and the state of Michigan has done a wonderful job caring for it.
(click the photo to enlarge to read about the Tahqaumenon River)
We had a perfect day. The weather was sunny and temps only in the mid-upper 60’s! A perfect day for a stroll in the park :) Best of all: NO mosquitos!
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