Some can be quick visits, and some can turn into hikes that are 1-2 hours long. There are also options to turn your waterfall visit into a longer day by doing a few more noteworthy things while you’re in the area. There are also waterfalls to see directly on the lake shoreline! (That would be Lake Superior of the Great Lakes.)
First, the quick list of the waterfalls to see by foot in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Then, a bit more about each of the waterfalls, including if there are any more things you may want to take time to see during your waterfall hike!
Best waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Less than 0.5 mile round trip, with option for side trails up the stairs. See more about going to these waterfalls.
2. Miners Falls
1.2 miles round trip, with stairs. See more about going to these waterfalls.
3. Elliott Falls
Waterfalls flowing into Lake Superior! Less than 1 mile round trip from Miners Beach parking lot. You can make it a longer day hike by starting from Miners Castle.
4. Chapel Falls
Hiking trail with waterfalls and a sandy beach! 3 miles round trip to waterfalls, longer if you hike to Lake Superior (and the beach), and even longer if you hike to see the famous Pictured Rocks cliffs! See more about going to these waterfalls.
5. Chapel Beach Falls
Waterfalls on the beach! 7 miles round trip. Getting here is a continuation of the hike to Chapel Falls.
6. Sable Falls
Hiking trail with waterfalls and a colorful beach to search for agate stones! 0.6 mile round trip with stairs to the waterfalls, longer if you hike to Lake Superior. See more about going to these waterfalls.
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A bit more below about the waterfalls to see in Pictured Rocks!
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A little more about these great waterfalls to see in Pictured Rocks!
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore basically has 2 sides. The Munising side and the Grand Marais side. Most of the waterfalls are on the Munising side. This list generally goes in order from Munising to Grand Marais, west to east.
And if you didn’t see the video above of the waterfalls in action, then you can see it here.
This can be a pretty quick visit. The trailhead is located right at the Munising Falls Visitor Center.
There are 3 different viewpoints on the trail. It’s about a 5 minute walk to get to the straight on waterfall viewpoint. And then there are stairs that you can take to get to the 2 other viewpoints.
See more about these Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore waterfalls: Munising Falls Trail
2. Miners Falls
This is another shorter waterfall visit that’s listed as 1.2 miles round trip, with some stairs. The trail will take you to an overlook of the waterfalls.
See more about these Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore waterfalls: Miners Falls Trail
3. Elliot Falls
Go to Elliot Falls to see small waterfalls flowing into Lake Superior!
These waterfalls may also be called the Miners Beach Falls. You access these waterfalls from Miners Beach!
There’s a parking lot right near Miners Beach, and you can go to these waterfalls from there.
Then, to get to Elliot Falls, you can go down the stairs to the beach, and then make it a beach walk to the waterfalls! It will be off to the right as you are facing the lake.
Or, there is also a trail runs a bit higher up, and you can make it a hike from above with views of Lake Superior to get you to the waterfalls!
And if you are looking for a bit longer of a hike in Pictured Rocks, then you can even start the hike from a bit further away, from the Miners Castle overlook.
There is a trail that goes from Miners Castle to Miners Beach. Once you get to the far end of the beach near the waterfalls, there’s a trail that you can take down to the beach. This would be around a 3 mile hike round trip.
4. Chapel Falls
This can be a hike loaded with tons of things to see if you go further than the waterfalls!
You can take the trail to see Chapel Falls, and then you can go further where you will see smaller waterfalls, along with another overlook of Chapel Falls.
See more about these Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore waterfalls: Chapel Falls Trail
Then, if you keep going past the overlook for Chapel Falls, that will take you to the Lake Superior shoreline, which includes a chance to see the famous Chapel Rock that has a tree growing on it.
5. Chapel Beach Falls
Also if you go past further than Chapel Falls, and further past Chapel Rock, you will get to a sandy Lake Superior beach!
And at this sandy beach is a chance to see some small waterfalls flowing onto the beach, and flowing into Lake Superior!
You can also hang out at Chapel Beach. People do go swimming in Lake Superior, although the water tends to be cold.
And if you keep walking further along, you can hike the Chapel Loop Trail, which is said to be the only hike that you can see the famous Pictured Rocks cliffs by foot.
6. Sable Falls
These waterfalls are closer to Grand Marais.
This is another waterfall trail that will take you to the Lake Superior shoreline.
After you pass Sable Falls, which require a set of stairs to get to, you can keep walking to go to Lake Superior. At the lake, you’ll see a beach with tons of color rocks! aka good spot to search for agate stones, although you can only LOOK for stones here. As a national park (national lakeshore), the nature here is protected so you’re not supposed to take any rocks home with you.
From Sable Falls Trail, you can also access a spot to see some nice sand dunes!
See more about these Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore waterfalls: Sable Falls Trail
And that’s a bit about some waterfalls you can find in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!
Chasing waterfalls in the UP?!
Here are more waterfalls to look into that are somewhat near Pictured Rocks! Drive time listed is from the Pictured Rocks Visitor Center at Munising Falls.
Pictured Rocks to Wagner Falls is around a 10 minute drive. See more about these waterfalls near Pictured Rocks.
Pictured Rocks to Alger Falls is around a 10 minute drive. See more about these waterfalls near Pictured Rocks.
Pictured Rocks to Scott Falls is around a 20 minute drive. See more about these waterfalls near Pictured Rocks.
Pictured Rocks to Laughing Whitefish Falls is around a 40 minute drive. See more about these waterfalls near Pictured Rocks. You can visit here on your way to Marquette. See more things to do on the drive from Munising to Marquette.
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HAPPY HIKING TO WATERFALLS IN PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE!