• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Nature Trails

The trail to Miners Falls features a self-guided nature guide.

Miners Falls Trail

NPS photo by Jim Northup

Miners Falls Trail

Located about five miles north of Alger County Road H-58 on Miners Castle Road. The hike is 1.2 miles round-trip.

This self-guiding interpretive trail begins at the Miners Falls parking lot and ends at Miners Falls with views of the Miners Basin along the way. There are 77 steps leading down to the viewing platform at the falls where Miners River cascades some 50 feet over a sandstone outcrop.

Trail guide (pdf)
 
The Sand Point Marsh Trail is a half-mile long disabled accessible nature trail.

Sand Point Marsh Trail

NPS photo by Ed Lasich

Sand Point Marsh Trail
Located about 4 miles NE of Munising, near Park Headquarters and the end of Sand Point Road. This half-mile fully accessible loop trail begins across from the Sand Point beach.

A short distance up the North Country National Scenic Trail, the Marsh Trail boardwalk leads you to this interesting wetland area. Interpretive exhibits relate the rich natural and cultural heritage of the area. Old beach ridges, an active beaver colony, white cedar and black spruce swamp communities dominate the scene. The best times for this walk are early and late in the day.

A large-print trail guide is available at the trailhead.

Trail guide (pdf)
 
The White Birch Nature Trail begins at Twelvemile Beach Campground.

White Birch Trail

NPS photo

White Birch Trail
Located at the Twelvemile Beach Campground, approximately 18 miles west of Grand Marais on Alger County Road H-58.

This two-mile long self-guiding interpretive trail begins at the east end of the campground. The trail explores the natural history of the uplands adjacent to the lake, an environment very different from that near the campground and Lake Superior.

Trail guide (pdf)

 
The White Pine Trail begins at the Little Beaver Lake Campground.

White Pine Trail

NPS photo by Brenda Mannisto

White Pine Trail
Located at Little Beaver Lake Campground, approximately 20 miles east of Munising on Alger County Road H-58, and three miles north on Little Beaver Road.

This easy 0.7 mile loop includes a stand of 250-300 year old white pines. Take 30 minutes to an hour to enjoy this walk on a warm summer day when the cool, moist, microclimates of the north woods can be appreciated to their fullest.

Trail guide (pdf)

 

Did You Know?

The former Grand Marais Coast Guard Station now serves as a Ranger Station at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

When the 729-foot freighter S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald went down on November 10, 1975, the last land-based communication to the ship was from the Grand Marais Coast Guard Station. This station and the Munising USCG Station are now managed by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More...