Saturday, September 8, 2012

Laughing Whitefish Falls - Michigan

Laughing Whitefish River
Rock River Twp., MI

One of the most unique falls in the state, Laughing Whitefish Falls is a state scenic site that features the river dropping over 100 feet, gradually over a limestone shelf. The falls are not located far from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and the nearby Au Train Falls, Rock River Falls and Whitefish Falls are also worth a visit.
What make these falls unique are the way that the water is forced over the cliff, but then fans out to the left in a gradual drop before it reaches the pool at the bottom. After a half mile walk, a platform and stairs helps get you down for a better view. The upper view of the falls, from the side:
The area does not receive a ton of traffic, you will most likely have it to yourself or be one of 2-3 cars there. The walk on the trail is smooth and flat through a lovely forest, great in the fall!

Getting there: from M-94 west of Chatham, turn north on Sundell Rd. (CR-327) and follow it (and signs) almost three miles before turning onto Laughing Whitefish Falls Rd, which will take you the rest of the way to the parking area - be warned this is a rough road, especially after fresh rainfall.

Overall: Great
Hike: Moderate

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