Celebrate Michigan Trails Week with a ‘Hike Between Da Falls’

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is celebrating Michigan Trails Week with its annual 5-mile hike Sept. 24, 2016 along the Tahquamenon River, between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls in Luce and Chippewa counties.

“This spectacular hike is a very popular event at Tahquamenon Falls State Park,” said Theresa Neal, park interpreter. “It allows us to showcase not only the breathtaking north woods splendor we have here, but also a slice of the tremendous opportunity Michigan has to offer as the Trails State.”

The River Trail parallels the mighty Tahquamenon River, and is also part of the North Country National Scenic Trail, which winds 4,540 miles across seven states from New York to North Dakota, the longest national scenic trail in the United States.

The River Trail is also part of Michigan’s signature Iron Belle Trail, which stretches from Belle Isle to Ironwood. When completed, the Iron Belle Trail will feature a 1,273-mile hiking route and a 791-mile bicycle route.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park (46,179-acres) is located off M-123, about 21 miles northeast of Newberry.

At the Upper Falls, the roughly 200-foot-wide river drops a roaring 50 feet, with peak water flows measured here at over 50,000 gallons per second. Downstream, the Lower Falls cascade over a staircase of five waterfalls.

For the “Hike Between Da Falls,” participants park their vehicles at the Lower Falls parking lot and take a free shuttle to the Upper Falls trailhead. From there, hikers explore the beauty of the River Trail as they make their way back to their vehicles.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the shuttle will run every 30 minutes, with the last shuttle departing the Lower Falls at 1 p.m. Members of the Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will be on hand to promote hiking in Michigan and provide activities at the Lower Falls.

In addition to Sept. 24 being the closing day of National Trails Week, the day also marks National Public Lands Day and North Country National Scenic Trail Day.

For more information on Tahquamenon Falls State Park, visit the park’s webpage or call the park at 906-492-3415.

 

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