The Great Upper Peninsula Waterfall Tour

Matt Johnson

Escape for a weekend in the northern woods with five excellent stops throughout northern Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.

If you live in the Midwest or visit, you're heard of the UP. The Upper Peninsula might be a bit of a journey, but if you have a long weekend or a close relative, it's worth your time to travel north and check out some attractive spots. Total Tour Distance: 90 miles - Travel Time: 2 Hours, 40 minutes of driving

1. Explore Bond Falls


Photo Credit: Kaydee Johnson

One of the most impressive waterfalls in the UP, Bond Falls is the first stop on our list. Located in Paulding, MI, the falls are roughly 40 ft hight and over 100 ft wide. It is also one of the largest waterfalls in the state. 

2. Hike to the Base of Agate Falls


Photo Credit: Matt Johnson

The second stop on our list, Agate Falls is only 15 minutes from Bond Falls east of Bruce Crossing. While at the falls, make sure to hike above the trail to check out the abandoned railroad bridge, and below to hike down to the base of the falls. Make sure to have good footwear, the slope is quite steep. 

3. Hike to O Kun de Kun Falls


Photo Credit: Matt Johnson

Located roughly eight miles north of Bruce Crossing, O Kun de Kun Falls is located along the North Country Trail, a thru-hike trail stretching from North Dakota to New York. The third stop on our list is a longer hike than the others, and can get a little muddy after rain. 

4. Hike to Sturgeon Falls


Photo Credit: Larry McGahey

Another stop along the North Country Trail, Sturgeon Falls is located near Baraga in the Ottawa National Forest. The trail crosses through the parking lot for the falls, and the falls itself are a short 0.5 mile hike from the parking lot. 

5. Hike the Canyon Falls Gorge and Jump into Canyon Falls


Photo Credit: Matt Johnson

The final stop on our tour has a wonderful payout for those who complete it - cliff jumping. Located near L'Anse, Canyon Falls is also located along the North Country Trail. The hike towards the falls itself is short, but unmarked past the falls, the NCT continues towards the Canyon Gorge, which features an awesome spot for cliff jumping. Jumpers can take off from multiple spots from 35-50 feet into a deep 30 ft pool in the river. 

Published: September 13, 2017

Matt Johnson

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