After a long hike, soak in the reward of the view of this relaxing waterfall flowing into a rock-covered pond, surrounded by a canopy of lush greenery.
Wide-angle lens (18mm)
Hiking attire (waterproof, at least knee high boots — if not higher)
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How to get there
N46° 24' 46.2708"W86° 58' 40.5804"
This image was taken along the Rock River Falls trail in the Hiawatha National Forest's Rock River Canyon Wilderness.
To get to this spot, you'll need to drive from Munising and then take a mile-long hike. The trail for the hike begins fairly wide but becomes quite narrow and indistinct as you get closer to the falls.
It's a very swampy and muddy trail and winds through a deep 4,000-acre wilderness. Follow the GPS coordinates to know where I stopped along the trail for this view.
- Travel M28 East from Munising about 1.2 miles
- Turn Right onto M94W
- Drive 15 miles to the blinking light
- Make a right at the light, traveling on M94W/Rock River Road and drive into the town of Chatham
- In Chatham, M94W branches to the Left and Rock River Road continues straight ahead (north)
- Take Rock River Road North about 3.3 miles (this two-lane road is paved at first, then becomes gravel)
- After crossing the Rock River Bridge, turn Left on FR2276
- Travel 3.7 miles on this rough, one-lane gravel road
- Make a Left on FR2293 at the fork in the road (this is a very narrow, rough dirt road, barely one lane wide)
- Go 0.7 miles on FR2293 and you'll see a very small parking area on the left, enough for about 3 cars; large boulders edge the parking area and the trailhead, where a small wilderness marker stands
- Take the trail about a mile to get to the falls
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