Miner's Falls is another popular destination in Picture Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Located on Miner's River in the western portion of the park, this spectacular waterfall drops 40 feet over a sandstone cliff into a rocky gorge.

To get there follow Highway H-58 east of Munising, Michigan, until you reach Miner's Castle Road (Highway H-13.) Drive about 3.5 miles north to a sign and a dirt road to the right. The dirt road is less than a mile and leads to a parking area.

Pets are not allowed on the trail to Miner's Falls but are allowed in the parking lot and picnic area. The trail is approximately 20 minutes (the hike is 1.2 miles round trip.) The walk through the forest is fairly level most of the way. I visited at the end of the May and it was a very pretty sight to see wild blue Forget-Me-Nots decorating the forest floor and the sides of the trail. You can hear the roar of the waterfall well before you reach your destination.

Two viewing platforms facilitate photography of the falls from different angles. There are 77 steps to reach the lower platform but the walk is worth the view. It is a well constructed wooden deck with room for your camera tripod.

I have visited this waterfall several times over the years. Whether in the spring with wildflower forests or in the fall with autumn colors, you will not be disappointed to view this Pure Michigan destination. 


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