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    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Accessibility

Visitors at the Log Slide enjoy views of Au Sable Point, the Grand Sable Dunes, and Lake Superior.
Visitors at the Log Slide overlook
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The Interagency Visitor Center and Miners Castle Information Station in Munising plus the Grand Sable Visitor Center in Grand Marais are all disabled accessible.

Each drive-in campground has at least one handicapped accessible campsite. Campsites include an extended picnic table, boardwalk, pedestal fire grate, and close proximity to rest rooms. These campsites are reserved for disabled campers until 6 p.m. each day. After 6 p.m., they are open to anyone for one night only and must be vacated the next morning. Holders of an America the Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and America the Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50 percent discount on the campground user fee.

The trail to the Log Slide overlook is densely packed gravel and is accessible. The overlook is also accessible. Trail length is approximately 200 yards.

Trails to all overlooks at Miners Castle are paved. The first 100 yards of the level trail lead to two overlooks of the cliffs and Miners Castle. CAUTION! The trail to the lower overlooks includes stairs and a very steep decline.

The 800 foot long trail to the Munising Falls viewing platform is paved and fully accessible.

The half-mile disabled accessible boardwalk at the Sand Point Marsh Trail is a delight to nature lovers. The trail meanders through cattail swamp, open bog, spruce-tamarack, and white cedar wetlands. A large print trail guide is available at the trailhead.

At Sand Point, the beach parking area and sidewalks are paved. One picnic table is fully accessible with a pedestal fire grate. A section of boardwalk enables visitors to go part of the way to the Lake Superior shoreline.

 
The Disabled Traveler's Companion (website)
A good place to look for the latest information on accessibility is the Disabled Traveler's Companion website. While not officially affiliated with the National Park Service, they have been working with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and other National Parks and provide valuable information to the disabled traveler. Their website contains information and photographs campgrounds and park attractions that may help in planning your trip to Pictured Rocks.

www.tdtcompanion.com/NPS/PicturedRocks
 

Did You Know?

The flowers of submerged buttercups rise above the surface of the water and can be quite showy, even when small.

Several species of plants in the Buttercup Family are aquatic, growing underwater in lakes and ponds. A few are even amphibious, meaning that a single plant lives partly on sand along a shoreline and partly submerged. Such plants have runners, like a strawberry plant, and grow roots along the runners. The submerged leaves appear quite different from the ones growing in air.