Hiking, Ski and Snowshoe Trails
Snowshoeing at Tahquamenon Falls
Watch as park naturalist, Theresa Neal, takes us on a snowshoe adventure, exploring the serene sights and sounds of Tahquamenon Falls and a Pure Michigan winter.
Clark Lake Loop, 5.2 miles. After visiting the Upper and Lower Falls, drive, hike or bicycle down Clark Lake Road to access the hiking trail to Clark Lake. This remote inland lake is a great location for a picnic or quick snack as you enjoy the breeze on the bordering ancient sand dunes.
River Trail, 4.8 miles.
Many hikers come to Tahquamenon to tackle the infamous trail between the falls. This four-mile linear trail is rated difficult due to exposed roots, hilly terrain, and numerous staircases, but ranks as the most scenic trail in the park. A privately-operated shuttle is available Memorial Day to Labor Day to transport hikers between the Upper and Lower Falls. Check the schedule and current fees before you head out as times vary by season. Make sure to have plenty of water, a snack and bug spray along for the hike. Bicycles are not allowed on this trail.
Emerson Trail, 1 mile.
This trail, located near the Rivermouth Campground, is not yet completed. The last 200 feet to Whitefish Bay is difficult to navigate, but not impossible. However, the beginning of the trail is an excellent location to listen for songbirds, including warblers and grouse.
Nature Trail, 0.5 miles.
The Nature Trail (#10-#11) provides an alternative route from the Upper Falls view back to the parking lot. This forested trail features excellent birding during the spring and is carpeted with ferns during the summer. The Nature Trail is also part of the lantern-lit ski and snowshoe trail every Saturday in February.
Wilderness Loop, 7.4 miles.
Aptly named, the wilderness loop leads hikers through the most remote areas of the park. The terrain varies from old hemlock forests to peatland areas, and features an impressive beaver pond and dam along the eastern portion of the loop. Be advised: during mid-summer the bracken ferns grow tall, requiring a close eye to keep on the trail.
Giant Pines Loop, 3.8 miles.
Two massive giant white pine trees are the hallmark of this trail, remnants from the logging era of the late 1800s. The loop meanders through a hardwood forest featuring ancient hemlocks, bubbling streams and plenty of woodpecker activity. This trail is groomed with a set track during the winter for cross country skiing.