Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Welcome to Newberry, Michigan and the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Encompassing close to 50,000 acres and stretching over thirteen miles, this majestic park is home to the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Special in many ways, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, with Niagara being the largest. The beauty of this area is a must see when you are making your Upper Michigan travel plans.
Within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park you will find many activities such as birding, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Wildlife abounds throughout the Tahquamenon Falls and by chance you may see black bear, whitetail deer, and moose, along with a variety of birds.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls
Plan a vacation that include the Upper Tahquamenon Falls and experience one of the United States most breathtaking waterfalls. Set within a pristine wilderness, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls is over 200' wide and 48' high. Over 50,000 gallons of water spill over this incredible waterfall per second. Seasonal precipitation can increase or decrease this amount significantly with springtime being a great time to see it at its peak (as seen in the photo on the left). A magnificent walk path will direct your way through the forest within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
As you get closer to the viewing decks, you can hear the growing sound of water flowing and falling. It is truly an awe-inspiring experience for all ages. Please note that there are 94 steps down to the main viewing deck at the end of the walk. On the platform below there is a bench to sit and rest on while taking in the beauty of the falls.
Birding the Upper Tahquamenon Falls
The Upper Tahquamenon Falls area offers a glimpse of Michigan's pre-settlement forests. This American beech, sugar maple, eastern hemlock, and yellow birch old-growth forest encompass 1,500 acres. In summer, songs of the winter wren, black-throated blue warbler, black-throated green warbler, blackburnian warbler, least flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, red-eyed vireo, wood thrush, and veery fill the dense forest. This forest is also home to barred and sawwhet owls, northern goshawk, yellow-bellied sapsicker, pileated woodpecker, brown creeper, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches, chimney swift, scarlet tanager, and Swainson's thrush, just to name a few.
Lower Tahquamenon Falls
The Lower Tahquamenon Falls is located 4 miles downstream from the upper where there are many small waterfalls that cascade around an island. There are boat rentals available at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls along with a seasonal concession stand. Many visitors come here to wade in the water and shoot the small falls. This is a great opportunity to take photos and hike. Here you will find a four mile hiking trail that connects the Lower to the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.
Hike Between The Falls
Hiking is the most popular activity in the park. The 4-mile 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. Hikers can park their vehicle at the Lower Falls and take a shuttle to the trail head at the Upper Falls. Closed-toe shoes, water and snacks are recommended. The trail is long so please bring adequate supplies. Leashed dogs are welcome on the shuttle and the hiking trails. Shuttles run seasonal, so please call in advance: (386) 227-7768 or visit their website.
Birding the Lower Tahquamenon Falls
The Lower Falls area offers a variety of birding opportunities. Along the "Mainland Trail", a 3/4 mile boardwalk through a narrow conifer lowland, river's edge songbirds mingle with hardwood dwellers. Summer residents include American redstart, northern waterthrush, mourning warbler, red-eyed vireo, and scarlet tanager. Bald eagles fish the rapids below the falls early in the morning. In the evenings, common nighthawks swoop up emerging insects in mid air. Other species common in and around the pool below the falls include the red-breasted and common mergansers, great blue heron, spotted sandpiper, belted kingfisher, osprey, and northern rough-winged swallow.
Fine Dining and Gifts
Visit the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub & Camp 33 Located within the State Park at the Upper Falls. Enjoy fine dining and micro brewed beers from the north. Try their famous Fresh Whitefish Dinners, Buffalo Burgers, Wild Rice Soup, Mushroom Pesto, Pork Tenderloin Medallions, Homemade Pasties, and more! Try one of their handcrafted beers: Falls Tannin, Porcupine Pale Ale, and Lumberjack Lager. Camp 33 also has a unique gift shop with fine art, jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs. Click here to visit their Website.
Tahquamenon Falls Indian Lore and History
The Tahquamenon River was made famous in the Longfellow poem, "Hiawatha". According to Indian lore, the origin of the name Tahquamenon is attributed to the water's amber color, which is the result of leaching of tannic acid from the cedar and hemlock swamps that feed the river.
Surrounded in old growth forest, this special place was rich in Ojibwa Indian culture, fur trading and later played a major part in the days of Lumberjacks. The River was used in the logging industry to transport logs down to their destination. The Tahquamenon River and Falls hold a precious and rich part of our area’s history.
"The Tahquamenon is noted as being the land of Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha - "by the rushing Tahquamenaw" where Hiawatha built his canoe."—Wikipedia
♦ Learn more
The Tahquamenon Falls State Park has many year-round events to check out that all ages will enjoy: Hike Between Da Falls, bird watching, interpretive programs, and their seasonal boat rental, just to name a few. Nature lovers will enjoy the Seney Wildlife Refuge. They hold many special events that are both educational and exciting.
The Upper Tahquamenon Falls are located at and the Lower Tahquamenon Falls are at
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