Saturday, February 4, 2012

Haymeadow Falls - Rapid River, Michigan

Haymeadow Creek
north of Rapid River, MI

The short and scenic hike to Haymeadow Falls is half the fun in visiting. While these falls don't have the steepest drop, they are in a quiet forested setting. The creek drops three to five feet here in several sections, and the falls can be viewed from up close or from a nearby bridge. The coolest thing here is that the trailhead is located in a State Forest Campground with 15 sites, and no user fee. We've stayed here multiple times, and it is very fun to go visit the falls first thing in the morning.

Getting there: On US- 2, two miles east of Rapid River, take County Road 509 north. Stay on CR-509 when the road forks (bearing left). It's a little over eight miles from this point to the campground and several trails that lead to the falls, all are well marked and signed. The trail hike is about half a mile to the falls either way.

Overall: Good
Hike: Easy

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