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Tahquamenon Falls

Paradise, Michigan USA

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The upper falls are more than 200 feet (60 m) across and with a drop of approximately 48 feet (14 m) During the late spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 US gallons (190,000 L) of water per second, making the upper falls the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls, both in New York State.

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December 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

The lower falls are great in both the summer and fall. Both season's offer there own adventure. The summer, you can hop in a canoe and get a closer look and literally swim in the falls. The fall is beautiful with the foliage. Do yourself a favor and hike on a part of the NCT. and the trail that leads from the lower falls to the upper falls, you wont regret it.

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September 14, 2022
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Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi, is among Michigan’s most attractive and frequently visited waterfalls. The falls come from the Tahquamenon River.

One of the most noticeable features of the river is its water. The water is brown due to the tannins leached from the cedar swamp as it drains into it, hence the nickname “Root Beer Falls.”

Renowned for its unique beauty, Tahquamenon Falls has both upper and lower falls. The upper falls, 50 feet deep and 200 feet wide, is Michigan’s largest waterfall and unbelievably the easiest one to access.

The lower falls consist of five more minor falls that flow around the island. There is a high chance that areas around the lower falls get muddy at times; you should bring hiking poles with you during your visit to be in a position to counter the situation.

Apart from the above, Tahquamenon Falls also has other special features. It has ample water volumes among the most prominent waterfalls. During the spring, 50,000 gallons of water drop on the upper falls per second; this results in a roar in the parking lot as you approach the path’s end.

We think this is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Michigan!

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July 31, 2021

The upper fall is beautiful and was worth the long drive. It has a beautiful scenic view with brown color water falling from the river. It has brown color because of tannic acid from the bark of hemlock trees.

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September 27, 2020
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Visited on a cloudy fall day and it was still stunning. The drive in was stunning.

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Paradise, Michigan
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