Upper Tahquamenon Falls surrounded by autumnal trees

Hiking trails at Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Explore these hiking trails at Tahquamenon Falls State Park! There are beautiful views this time of year and trails for all skill levels.

Hiking is the most popular activity in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. You’ll be hard-pressed to find trails more beautiful and full of landmarks than those in Tahquamenon Country. Not only do these include miles of hiking trails within Tahquamenon Falls State Park, but also on the North Country Trail — part of the National Scenic Trail System. Since our trails made the cut for some of the top in the nation, we’re hoping they make it onto your vacation itinerary, too. 

Hiking in the state park

River Trail

At 4 miles long, the River Trail parallels the Tahquamenon River between the Upper and Lower Falls, traversing through old-growth forest, giant cedars and hemlocks and beautiful wild flowers. Exposed roots, hilly terrain and several staircases make this trail difficult. The River Trail travels along the Tahquamenon River and is considered the most scenic trail in the park. Hikers can park their vehicle at the Lower Falls and take a shuttle to the trailhead at the Upper Falls. Shuttles run seasonally, so please call in advance or visit their website before your visit.

Clark Lake Loop

This trail is accessed from Clark Lake road, 11 miles southwest of Paradise. Complete the hike to Clark Lake, a nice spot for a picnic or snack on the bordering ancient sand dunes. Plan for just over 5 miles!

Emerson Trail

For birding enthusiasts, the trailhead presents opportunities to hear songbirds. Located near the Rivermouth Campground on the Tahquamenon River, the last 200-foot section of the trail leading to Whitefish Bay remains incomplete, and is difficult, but possible to navigate. The trail itself is only 1 mile. 

Great Pines Loop

This loop offers hikers the sights and sounds of ancient hemlocks, bubbling streams and the occasional active woodpecker. The highlights of the trail are two giant white pine trees left over from the late 1800s logging era. Total distance: 3.8 miles.

Nature Trail

Carpeted with ferns during the summer months, this half-mile trail offers hikers an alternative route on their journey from the Upper Tahquamenon Falls to the parking lot. Birding enthusiasts have reported many sightings on this trail during the spring. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

Wilderness Loop

Hikers are led through the most remote areas of the park among old hemlock forests and peatland areas. The trail features a beaver pond and dam on the loop’s eastern portion. As ferns grow taller in mid-summer, the trail becomes increasingly difficult to follow. It is recommended for advanced hikers only as it is just under 7.5 miles long. 

a father and daughter hiking a wide path in woods

Hiking near Tahquamenon Falls

Once you hike those trails, check out our other popular routes around Newberry, near the state park. You can find several listed on our hiking page

How to prepare

Make sure to do the following for a better hiking experience. Wear layers when necessary so you can adjust your temperature depending on the weather. Having closed-toe shoes, bug spray, a compass, a portable charger for your phone, water and snacks is recommended. Some trails are long, so please bring adequate supplies. Leashed dogs are welcome on these State Park hiking trails, too. Call 906-492-3415 for trail maps and additional information. Now get outside and enjoy! 

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