4 Great Places in Northern Michigan To Go on Your Next Camping Trip
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising)
Located on the coast of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks is a beautiful location that offers many outdoor activities and options for campers. The most popular times of the year to visit this pristine shoreline is during the spring and summer months. During these months visitors take part in various activities including kayaking, canoeing, biking, fishing, swimming and hiking nearly 100 miles of trails. Don’t think though that just because everyone is visiting in the warm months that you can’t visit during the winter. There are still many winter visitors that courage the cold for the benefit of being able to snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice climb, ice fish and snowmobile on the icy coast of Lake Superior.
Little Presque Isle (Marquette)
Another one on the shore of Lake Superior, Little Presque is hidden gem just 7 miles northwest of the city of Marquette. Visitors are able to camp on the beautiful sandy beaches and never be lacking in a perfect view of lake Superior. With about 19 miles of hiking trails, hikers can track along the sandy beaches or hike through miles of green landscapes. Since Little Presque Isle is more of a secluded location surrounded by water, be sure to bring appropriate gear and layer up.
Tahquamenon Falls (Paradise)
Tahquamenon Falls are two waterfalls located within Tahquamenon Falls State Park also located near Lake Superior. The park is great for both sightseeing and camping. They are a must see when it comes to Michigan waterfalls.The park also has about 25 miles of trails and is a great place for hiking, fishing and viewing different wildlife. The park is open year-round an in the winter visitors are able to go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the miles of available trails.
Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is south of Marquette, MI and is a short hike, only taking about 20 minutes to reach the peak. It is a hike that I have done a countless number of times and has been worth it every single time to see the amazing views of Lake Superior. There are two different routes that you can choose to take.
There is the “difficult” route and the “easy” route with the easy route taking slightly longer. The peak is about 1,000 feet above sea level and as you look down below you have views of the Ore Dock, the Superior Dome, Little Presque Isle and of course, Lake Superior. The hike to the peak is almost just as good as the view from the top with a very green and relaxing aesthetic.
Sugarloaf Mountain is also one of the best places in Marquette to get a good view of the Northern Lights, so I recommend searching up when the lights will be before you go hiking because it is something you will not want to miss.
All in all, Sugarloaf Mountain is great if you are looking for a short and easy hike any day of the year with an amazing view at the end.