9 Waterfall Hikes In Michigan That Will Overwhelm You With Natural Beauty

From our Great Lakes to our cool, shaded forests, there’s no shortage of natural beauty here in Michigan. While there are plenty of classic hiking trails to explore throughout the state, nothing adds extra excitement to a trek quite like the presence of a waterfall. It would be impossible to include each and every stunning locale in one article, but we’ve compiled a list of nine of the very best waterfall hikes in Michigan that you will absolutely love.

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This is just a handful of the absolute best waterfall hikes in Michigan — but certainly not all of the state’s wondrous waterfall trails! These majestic waterfalls in Michigan will absolutely make your jaw drop

Address: Tahquamenon Falls, McMillan Township, MI 49768, USA
Address: Bond Falls Rd, Michigan, USA
Address: Laughing Whitefish Falls Rd, Rock River Township, MI 49885, USA
Address: North Country Trail, Everett Township, MI, USA
Address: Sturgeon Falls, Laird Township, MI 49958, USA
Address: Ocqueoc Falls, Ocqueoc Township, MI 49759, USA
Address: Munising Falls, Munising, MI 49862, USA
Address: Sable Falls, Burt Township, MI 49839, USA
Address: Canyon Falls, L'Anse Township, MI 49946, USA
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Best Waterfall Hikes In Michigan

March 12, 2021

What national wonders are found in Michigan?

With a variety of ecosystems and dramatic regional landscapes, The Great Lake State’s natural wonders are all absolutely breathtaking. One of our very favorite wonders is Sleeping Bear Dunes. Located on Lake Michigan’s northeastern shore, Sleeping Bear Dunes occupies 35 sandy miles that will leave you in awe. With miles of shoreline, sandy beaches, and impressive sand dunes, it has everything you need for the perfect getaway. Getting lost in the remote pockets of colossal dunes feels like traversing another planet. In fact, Sleeping Bear is visible from space!

What are some picturesque hikes in Michigan?

Lake of the Clouds is absolutely picture-perfect. Tucked away in the Porcupine Mountains State Park, The Lake of the Clouds easily ranks among the most beautiful places on earth, regardless of the season. Accessible hikes, such as the 2.8-mile Lake of the Clouds Trail, leads visitors through the lavish scenery with idyllic spots to take in the lake’s spectacular setting. The Lake of the Clouds Trail leads to a scenic overlook that will render you absolutely awestruck. Thick forest lines the pristine lake waters, creating a scene almost too breathtaking to be real. This picturesque hike is peak Pure Michigan.

What are the best family-friendly hikes in Michigan?

While many of the above lists of best waterfall hikes in Michigan are family-friendly, they certainly aren’t the only accessible trails in the state. The trails at Hemlock Crossing County Park in West Olive wind through various enchanting wildlife habitats with paved path options for strollers, plus a super cool nature center. On the other side of the state, the mile-long Pond Trail in Northville’s Maybury State Park is stunning, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a few horses trotting the equestrian trail alongside! Another place with accessible hikes is Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The park boasts an impressive 1,000 acres of public recreation areas including sand dunes, beaches, and various picnic spots.

Address: Tahquamenon Falls, McMillan Township, MI 49768, USA
Address: Bond Falls Rd, Michigan, USA
Address: Laughing Whitefish Falls Rd, Rock River Township, MI 49885, USA
Address: North Country Trail, Everett Township, MI, USA
Address: Sturgeon Falls, Laird Township, MI 49958, USA
Address: Ocqueoc Falls, Ocqueoc Township, MI 49759, USA
Address: Munising Falls, Munising, MI 49862, USA
Address: Sable Falls, Burt Township, MI 49839, USA
Address: Canyon Falls, L'Anse Township, MI 49946, USA