Those in the know consider the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park the jewel in Michigan’s crown of state parks. And the numbers well support that notion: 22 miles of Lake Superior shore, nearly 60,000 acres of wilderness, including 35,000 acres of some of the most remarkable old growth hemlock and hardwood forest in all of North America, Michigan’s second-largest waterfall, and ancient mountains that rise about 1,300 feet above Lake Superior. The much-photographed Lake of the Clouds is not to be missed and can be seen from a spectacular overlook that’s ADA-accessible. Peak fall color generally flourishes late September or early October.
Want to Go? Here’s some places to start.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Get a list of trails, campgrounds, backcountry cabins and yurts: mi.gov/porkies, 906-885-5275.
Reservations for campsites, cabins and yurts
800-44-PARKS or mi.gov/porkies.
Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lists of local lodging, activities and events at porcupinemountains.com, 906-884-2047.
Friends of the Porkies
Park background info and festival dates: porkies.org.
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Heading to the Upper Peninsula? Here are more ideas!
- Video: Tahquamenon Falls
- Video: Lake Superior Beach
- Four Unique Long Weekends in Pictured Rocks
- Road Find: The Anchor in Naubinway
- In the Wolf’s Jaw on Lake Superior
- The Birders of Whitefish Point
- Iron Mountain Italian
- Seduced by the U.P.’s Sylvania
- Kayaking Lake Superior’s Shoreline
- Cruise the Straits
- Grand Island’s Big Beauty