Summer is here and if there's one thing that's true about residents of the Mitten State is that they'll go outside in shorts and sandals even before it's weather-appropriate. If you're the type to wear a jean jacket when it's 35 degrees in February, then these hikes in Michigan might be perfect for you. 

Laughing Whitefish Falls

Price: You need a state recreation pass for this park; it's $11 but gets you into every state park.

Length: Half a mile from the parking lot to the falls

Address: Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Sundell, MI

Why You Need To Go: This waterfall is a hidden gem in the forest. There aren't many signs surrounding the falls, but it's definitely worth it to visit and gaze at the rushing water. 


Empire Bluff Trail @ Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Price: $25 per vehicle for a seven-day pass to park in the lot. You could also buy a yearly pass for $45. If you arrive on foot, the cost is $15 per person. 

Length: 1.5 miles

Address: Empire Bluff Trail, Honor, MI

Why You Need To Go: This hike will give you unbelievable views. It takes you high above Lake Michigan where you'll be able to take in the massive sand dunes and the bright blue waters.


Tahquamenon Falls

Price: A state recreation pass is required, but you can get one on your license plate for $11 and it will get you into every state park.

Length: A half-mile to the Upper Falls and then four miles to see the Lower Falls

Address: 41382 W. M-123, Paradise, MI

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the largest, most powerful falls in the state. The water crashes over the ridge and is a beautiful sight to see. 


Chapel Rock

Price: Free

Length: 2.5 miles

Address: Turn on Chapel Road from Alger County Road H-58. You can park here and then head onto the trail.

Why You Need To Go: This rock is a natural phenomenon that will make the trek super worth it. You can take in the welcome springtime air while marveling at what nature can do. 


Turnip Rock

Price: FREE, although you'll have to rent a kayak or paddleboard if you don't have your own for $35 at a nearby shop to get there.

Length: 7 miles

Address: The kayak shop's address is 119 E. Spring St., Port Austin, MI. The coordinates for Turnip Rock are 44°04’06.0″N 82°57’32.5″W; You can also find a trail map with photos & written directions here.

Why You Need To Go: This is a great hike if you're itching to get into the water, even if it's way too cold to dive in just yet. 


Mosquito Beach

Price: Free

Length: 3.9 miles

Address: Turn on to Chapel Rd. from Alger County Rd. H-58. You can park here and then head onto the trail.

Why You Need To Go: This unique beach will remind you how diverse and beautiful Michigan's natural landscape truly is. 


Chapel Loop

Price: Free

Length: 10 miles

Address: Address: Turn on to Chapel Rd. from Alger County Rd. H-58. You can park here and then head onto the trail.

Why You Need To Go: This is a challenging hike but it also gives you one of the most breathtaking sights in the state. If you have a little daredevil streak in you and want to stand at the very edge of a cliff, then you need to check this out. 


Kitch-iti-kipi

Price: You need a recreation pass ($11) to enter with your car which you can get when renewing your license. If you buy the pass at the park entrance, there is a $5 convenience fee. 

Length: An easy 10-minute walk from the parking area

Address: Sawmill Rd., Manistique, MI

Why You Need To Go: This clear blue spring is a treasure in the state. You're able to stand on an observation deck with a clear bottom and you can see straight to the bottom. Below the water, you'll see crystallized tree trunks that have been there much longer than the tourists that visit. 


Memorial Falls

Price: Free

Length: An easy 10-minute walk from parking.

Address: 46.418N 86.62694W, Michigan U.P., Alger County. Turn onto Nestor Street off of H-58 and you'll see a sign that reads "MNA Memorial Falls" and shows you where to park. 

Why You Need To Go: At the end of your hike, you'll come across a waterfall that cascades over the opening to a cave. If your photographer stands in the cave and takes a photo of you under the water, you'll have the perfect bragging rights about your trek into nature. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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