Looking for a unique and exciting winter getaway? Plan a weekend visit to Tahquamenon Falls State Park! This amazing destination offers something for everyone. From family-oriented guided snowshoe hikes, to sled dog rides, off-the-grid back country adventures, and much more. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a great place to enjoy winter in Michigan.
About the Park
Located in the heart of the eastern Upper Peninsula, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a 50,000 acre all-season playground. This beautiful area boasts miles of maintained hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile trails, and year-round camping. Visitors can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Tahquamenon River and the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls.
Upper Falls Winter Activities
Snowshoeing, hiking, and cross-country skiing are at the top of the list for popular activities in this area of the park. The entrance and parking lot are well maintained during the winter months, which allows access to the main trailhead. Trails around the Upper Falls are easily accessible and well-marked. Heated bathrooms are open all year.
The best winter views are at the Brink Viewing Deck, located approximately 1/4 mile from the main entrance. Turn right at the trailhead map sign and follow the fence to the viewing platform steps. Be sure to peek through the trees while hiking to catch the spectacular views from the upper trail!
Lower Falls Winter Activities
Back country and off-the-beaten-path adventures abound in this part of the park! This winter, a larger parking lot and more accessible trail head have been added. Four-miles of marked snowshoe/cross-country ski trails, packed hiking trails (with a few challenging ice hills), and exciting sled dog rides will be available. The truly adventurous can bring camping gear and pitch a tent at Lower Falls Hemlock campground, which is open all year.
Park staff are available to help plan the perfect Lower Falls adventure. Contact the Tahquamenon Falls Park office at 906-492-3415 for more information.
Winter 2017 Tahquamenon Falls State Park Events
Lantern-lit Ski and Stroll – February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Visitors will enjoy skiing, hiking, or snowshoeing down a mile-long path lit by over 70 kerosene lanterns. After the event, warm up with a cup of cocoa around a roaring bonfire. Snowshoes are available to borrow at no charge. A headlamp or flashlight is recommended for all participants. This event takes place at the Upper Falls area. Click on the link above for event times and more information.
Upper Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike – February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Grab your snowshoes and join a park naturalist for this free hike through the Upper Falls area. Snowshoes are available to borrow at no charge. Click on the link above for event times and more information.
Dog Sled Rides at the Lower Falls – various dates
Husky Haven Kennels will be offering sled dog rides, snow conditions permitting, at the Lower Falls area. To make a reservation, contact them at 516-790-9183.
Travel Safety and Tips
A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.
Winter in Michigan can be unpredictable. Pack extra clothing, blankets, water, and other emergency supplies. Before hitting the trails, inform friends or family of travel plans. Visitors can also check the main Tahquamenon Falls State Park website for advisories, weather alerts, and park information.
Cell phone service in this area can be limited, so plan accordingly.
Snowmobiles are only allowed on designated trails with a minimum of 4″ of snow. Riders can hike to the falls area from the main parking lots.
In all areas of the park, leashed pets are allowed. Please clean up after your pet and do not leave them unattended.
When navigating the steps and platforms of the viewing areas, wear study hiking boots. Consider bringing ice cleats for off-trail hiking.
Download trail and park maps at this link: Tahquamenon Falls State Park Maps
Have you been to the Tahaquamenon Falls in the winter? Which Tahquamenon Falls adventure will you choose?