A Little Piece of Paradise – Tahquamenon Falls

tahquamenon FallsOn the northeastern tip of the Upper Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Superior, in a little town known as Paradise, lives one of Michigan’s most breathtaking sights – Tahquamenon Falls.

The Falls were immortalized in Longfellow’s famous poem Hiawatha. According to Native American lore, the origin of the name is attributed to the water’s surprising amber color – the result of tanic acid being leached from the cedar and hemlock swamps that feed the river. Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi – second only to Niagara.

What most people don’t know is that the Falls are actually divided. The Upper Falls has a drop of nearly 50 feet, and is more than 200 feet across. Hike along the trail four miles downstream, and you’ll come across the Lower Falls – a series of 5 waterfalls cascading around an island. The best part? You can rent a boat and row out to the island to see the falls up close.

Winter At Tahquamenon Falls Visiting the Falls, and the 52,000 acre State Park that surrounds them, is a magical experience. From the moment you enter, you are swept away by nature. Most of the park is undeveloped woodland – that means no power lines, no buildings, and no road. However, the park does offer a variety of activities for you no matter what time of year you visit – hiking, fishing, camping in the spring and summer, a blaze of color in the Fall, and snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter. The spectacular ice sculpturing of the Upper Falls makes Tahquamenon Falls a must-visit in the winter. Just check out this video, showing off the spectacular beauty of winter at the Falls:

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  • Kim Durliat

    Just got back from a trip to the Taq Falls on the Toonerville Trolley. I had seen the falls many times before (mostly in the winter, which itself is a grand sight to see with the ice walls), but the trip down the river was beautiful and serene!

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