Porcupine Mountains State Park
Ontonagon County, MI
Some of the most spectacular falls in Michigan can be found on the Western end of the Porcupine Mountains State Park. The four falls within the park boundary on the Presque Isle River showcase different heights, formations and landmarks as the river makes its way to Lake Superior. In a little over and hour you can complete a hiking loop with great views of all four falls - or if you are pressed for time, Manido and Manabezho Falls are both five minutes away from the parking lot.
First off, there is Manido Falls:
From Manabezho Falls, the boardwalk path continues almost to Lake Superior, at which point a bridge was built to make river crossing possible. From the middle of this bridge, take a peek at an unnamed waterfall on the Presque Isle, and note the potholes it has worn into the rock:
This great trail highlights just a bit of what the Porkies have to offer, and the hike is quite rewarding for the amount of time and effort put in.
Getting there: From the east: from the Porcupine Mtns. State Park entrance, follow S. Boundary Rd to the other end of the park and take a right turn into the park, or if coming from the south/west: Take CR-519 north at its intersection with M-28 east of Wakefield and continue on to the park entrance (well signed). Either way, once you pass the ranger station, continue into the park and take the right fork marked for the falls. All trails begin from the east end of this parking lot.