41382 W M 123
Paradise, MI 49768
Tahquamenon Falls Description
The second-largest state park in Michigan, the Tahquamenon Falls area was described in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Song of Hiawatha" as a pristine and tranquil natural oasis. The waterfalls are a must-see, but if you have time, don't overlook the hiking trails, miles of river, and inland lakes. While hiking, canoeing, or cross-country skiing you may be lucky enough to spot a moose, and you'll be sure to see plenty of birds, fish, and other critters. The park also offers great fishing. Check out the Tahquamenon Logging Museum or take a ride on the Toonerville Trolley or Riverboat to get off your feet while you enjoy the wildlife.
Babies: A frame backpack carrier is a great choice for this destination. The terrain isn't suited to strollers.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Check out the park's website for an easy hike like the one-mile Emerson Foot Trail, then put little ones on "deer lookout." Or, take a break and enjoy the scenery from the Toonerville Trolley.
School-Age Kids: See how many different species of birds you can spot. The park's website offers a handy checklist: http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/edopps/TFSPbirds.pdf, but you'll need a guidebook to help you identify them.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Try a more challenging hike, such as the 3.5-mile Giant Pines Trail that will leave everyone pooped but feeling accomplished when you're done. Or, try your hand at canoeing or fishing. Call Gene's Tahquamenon General Store & Canoe Rentals at 906-492-3560.
- Bring your binoculars and bird-watching guidebook. The park is home to 125 species of nesting birds.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open year round