Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Park Information

Covering a vast forest on the western half of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, this park offers every sort of recreational opportunity you desire. In particular, the hilly topography and wet climate mean there are waterfalls abound, creating perfect destinations for hiking. Camping facilities range from standard developed campsites like at Black River Harbor to wilderness backpacking sites like in the Sylvania Wilderness.

If you like waterfall hikes, this is your place to visit! Black River Harbor is the premier destination, with Lake Superior waterfront and 5 massively beautiful waterfalls that individually would be the centerpiece of their own park elsewhere in the Midwest. You can drive to each and hike a short distance to reach the falls, or combine them all into one fantastic all day hike. Cascade Falls Trail is another highly recommended hike, about 2 miles roundtrip in peaceful wilderness to a pretty waterfall. For a longer hike, the North County National Scenic Trail cuts through much of the forest.

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Cascade Falls Loop

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Bond Falls

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Agate Falls

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North Country Trail to 5 Waterfalls

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Meximine Falls

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