So as the name indicates, Munising Falls Trail will lead you to one of the many waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!
On the trail, there are 3 different viewing areas so you can see Munising Falls from different angles.
See the video.
To get to the waterfalls, it’s a short walk from the trailhead parking lot. The trail is listed as 800 ft to Munising Falls.
It’s a straight paved path to get to one of the viewpoints, and then there are some stairs to see the waterfalls from a higher viewpoint.
What the National Park Service wants you to know about the trail that goes behind the waterfalls
As per the National Park Service:
Rockfalls have occurred several times in the past few years, prompting closure of the trail behind the falls.
No one can predict when a large piece will break loose from the valley wall.
In short, don’t go beyond the marked area!
Backpacking the North Country Trail
The North Country Trail is a national scenic trail that extends for 4,600 miles across many states from the midwest to the east coast. It also goes through Pictured Rocks for around 40 miles, and there are backcountry campsites along the way.
If you’re backpacking the North Country Trail through Pictured Rocks, the NCT doesn’t go directly past Munising Falls so it will be a short detour to see these waterfalls.
From near the Munising Falls trailhead, you can head towards the landmarks of Sand Point beach and Miners Castle overlook, which will be hiking on the North Country Trail.
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PHOTOS of the trail to see Munising Falls!
…and getting there
So Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has the town of Munising on one side to the west and Grand Marais on the other side to the east.
And as you can probably figure out, Munising Falls is on the Munising side!
Once you get close, you’ll see a sign for the Munising Falls Visitor Center and Munising Falls.
You’ll be parking at the visitor center parking lot to go to the waterfalls.
And then you can get started on the trail! You’ll pass by the visitor center and a bathroom.
Off you go on the trail!
You will walk straight ahead for around 5 minutes and you will start to see the waterfalls!
And then once you’ve gotten your fill of views of Munising Falls from the front, you can make your way up the stairs to get a little bit closer to the sandstone cliff and waterfalls!
And then when you’ve taken in those views, you can then make your way back…
And then take the stairs up to the other viewpoint to see the waterfalls from another angle! (You will have passed these stairs on your way to the other waterfall viewpoints.)
And that’s a bit of what you’ll see with a visit to Munising Falls!
Chasing waterfalls in the UP?!
Here are more waterfalls in Pictured Rocks:
- Miners Falls
- Chapel Falls (waterfalls + sandy beach + smaller waterfalls at the beach too! Also the direction of the famous cliffs)
- Sable Falls (waterfalls + colorful beach to search for agate stones)
Waterfalls near Pictured Rocks:
Also see things to do on your drive from Munising to Marquette, which includes stopping at Laughing Whitefish Falls.
HAPPY SEEING MUNISING FALLS!