Saturday, July 28, 2012

Horseshoe Falls - Munising, Michigan

Stutts Creek
Munising, MI

Horseshoe Falls holds a distinction among northern Michigan waterfalls - it is the only one I know of that is privately owned and charges an admission fee. Unlike the roadside Alger Falls and state-run Wagner Falls nearby, Horseshoe Falls are part of a tourist complex at the end of Bell Ave just south of the city. This causes some conflicts for me - part of me wants to be happy that rather than have these falls unaccessible on private land they are being shared, but the two times we have visited and paid (I believe $5 per two years ago) I just don't feel right - natural geological attractions like this SHOULD be shared with the public. The falls themselves are very similar to the Munising Falls, as the creek flows over a shelf of limestone before splitting and forming the "horseshoe" for which it is named. This is definitely another seasonally better waterfall, both visits have been mid-summer with flow but nothing spectacular. There is also a walkway filled with gnomes, a large sundial and a trout pond for visitors to take in or their way to the falls (a "gift shop" also). I advise making the most of your visit and take lots of pictures, so you don't have to come back every time you're in the area.

Getting there: From the south heading into Munising on M-28, take a right on Prospect St. then a left on Bell Ave and follow it to its end. There are large billboards directing the way.

Overall: Okay
Hike: Easy

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