Accessibility

Visitors Looking at Miners Falls
Visitors looking at Munising Falls

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Munising Falls Visitor Center, on the park's west end near Munising and the Grand Sable Visitor Center near Grand Marais on the park's east end are wheelchair-accessible. The Munising Falls Visitor Center door is manual only. Restrooms with sinks/running water are available inside the Grand Sable Visitor Center and is only available when the building is open. A drinking fountain and bottle filler is available in the visitor center. The restroom at Munising Falls is adjacent to the visitor center and is open 24 hours from May to October. A water fountain and spigot is located outside of the restroom. It is only operational from May to October.

Munising Falls is reached by an 800-foot paved trail. The trail is slightly uphill, and sloops slightly in some sections. It also includes wooden walkways over the creek. A few benches are located along the way, including at the main viewing platform. In winter, the trail is covered in deep snow or a hard-packed snow path or ice.

Each of the park's three drive-in campgrounds has at least one wheelchair-accessible campsite. These campgrounds are not paved but are primarily hard-packed dirt. The wheelchair-accessible campsites include an extended picnic table, hard-packed tentpad, pedestal fire grate, and close proximity to rest rooms. The campground restrooms are vault toilets. The vault toilets only have manual doors. There aren't any sinks. Water is only available from a spigot and only from mid-May to mid-October. The campgrounds do not have any electricity or outlets. Cell phone coverage is not available. These accessible sites are in the generator permitted areas of the campgrounds. For more information on reserving one of these campsites, please go to the Camping page.

Holders of an America the Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and America the Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount on the campground user fee. The America the Beautiful Access Pass is free.

Trails to all overlooks at Miners Castle are paved. The first 100 yards of the trail lead to two wheelchair-accessible overlooks of the cliffs and Miners Castle. The overlooks have solid wooden fences to prevent climbing or falling. They also have a plexi-glass window into a section of the wall. The Miners Castle trail continues downhill to a lower observation deck adjacent to the Miners Castle rock formation. CAUTION! The trail to the lower overlook includes stairs and a very steep decline. Benches are available along this section. During the summer, toilets with running water and sinks are available near the start of the trail. A drinking fountain is near the restrooms. A vault toilet is located between the parking lots. The water and toilets are closed from mid-October to mid_May.

Miners Beach has a narrow wooden boardwalk (3-4 feet wide) that leads from the parking lot to a staircase that goes down to the beach. From the top of the staircase, there is a beautiful view of Lake Superior. Use caution as the boardwalk can get sandy and slippery. A few picnic tables are located adjacent to the boardwalk. A vault toilet with concrete floor is located adjacent to the parking area. The doors are manual only. No sinks or running water in the area. The Miners Beach parking lot is hard-packed dirt.

The half-mile wooden wheelchair-accessible boardwalk at the Sand Point Marsh Trail is a delight to nature lovers. The first part of the trail starts by the Sand Point Beach parking lot. It is paved before becoming a wooden boardwalk. The trail meanders through cattail marsh, open bog, spruce-tamarack swamp, and white cedar wetlands. The boardwalk is about 4 feet wide and has railings and benches along the trail. There are wayside exhibit panels that are quite old but can provide nice information on the marsh.

Also at Sand Point, the beach parking area and sidewalks are paved. One picnic table is wheelchair-accessible with a pedestal fire grate. A wheelchair-accessible mat extends from the parking lot all the way across the beach to the water's edge. This mat is put out during the summer season and is removed in the fall before the snow comes. A vault toilet with concrete floor is located adjacent to the beach and parking area. The doors are manual only. No sinks or running water in the area.

The Superior Overlook viewing platform (located along H-58 between Twelvemile and Hurricane Campgrounds) is wheelchair-accessible. The platform looks out over the narrow beach and Lake Superior. A vault toilet with concrete floor is located adjacent to the parking lot. The doors are manual only. No sinks or running water. The beach can only be reached by stairs.


A Braille introduction to the park pamphlet is available by request at the Munising Falls Visitor Center, or for download in a Braille Ready Format: PIRO Braille_1.BRF File

Last updated: September 4, 2020

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