Your Ultimate Waterfall Adventure in Marquette County

Welcome, adventurers! Get ready to embark on an epic journey exploring the waterfalls in and around Marquette County. We’re thrilled to share with you our comprehensive guide to chasing waterfalls, designed for the fun-loving and thrill-seeking nature lovers. From family-friendly strolls to challenging hikes, there’s something for everyone here. And at the end of your day, the cozy Tall Pines Motel ­čĆĘ­čî▓ awaits to offer you a relaxing rest.

So, let’s get started! Here’s a quick index to help you navigate:

1. Wright Street Falls – A beginner-friendly waterfall located right in Marquette.

2. Cataract Dam Falls – A hidden gem, perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll (but a bit of a drive)

3. Morgan Creek Falls – Intermediate-level trail leading to a beautiful waterfall.

4. Yellow Dog River Falls – Perfect for a day of adventure, with over 7 drops within a mile-long walk.

5. Pinnacle Falls – A challenging trail that leads to a breathtaking waterfall.

6. Little Garlic Falls – A long but rewarding hike to a beautiful waterfall.

7. Alder Falls – A hidden gem boasting a 30-foot drop.

8. Laughing Whitefish Falls – One of the tallest waterfalls in Michigan.

9. Tahquamenon Falls – One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.

10. Munising Falls – A stunning waterfall located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

11. Au Train Falls – A hidden gem in the Hiawatha National Forest, perfect for explorers and photographers.

Now, lace up your hiking boots, grab your gear, and let’s dive into the exciting details of each waterfall!

The Hidden Treasures of Marquette

Ready to kickstart your waterfall adventure? First stop, right here in Marquette! Just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, you’ll find tranquility in the form of cascading waters.


Wright Street Falls is a hidden gem tucked away in the city. It’s so close that you might miss it if you’re not careful! This is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon stroll, especially if you’re bringing your kids or your furry friends along. The trail is easy to navigate, making it ideal for beginners or those looking for a quick nature getaway. The falls themselves are a sight to behold. As you watch the water tumble down the rocks, you’ll feel your worries melt away.

Chasing the Thrill

Pinnacle Falls might not ring many bells due to its lesser-known status, but believe us when we say, it’s an undiscovered treasure trove! This trail is your ticket to an unforgettable adventure, winding through the forest like a thrilling roller coaster ride. Each step takes you deeper into nature’s embrace and closer to the grand spectacle of Pinnacle Falls. When you finally reach the falls, prepare to be awestruck as you watch the water hurl down the rocks in a glorious spectacle. It’s a display of raw, untamed beauty that will etch itself into your memory!


On the flip side, Little Garlic Falls is a treat for those who believe in the mantra ‘the longer the hike, the better.’ This trail might seem challenging with its 7.6-mile round-trip, but trust us, the journey is as rewarding as the destination. For those who prefer a shorter trek, you can opt for the alternate 2.2-mile route without missing out on the fun. As you traverse this well-marked trail, let the river be your guide. The sweet music of the water will lead you to the falls, where you can enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of water tumbling down the rocks. It’s a moment of tranquility and triumph that will make your heart sing!

The Majestic Beauties of Marquette County´╗┐

Alder Falls is a secluded wonder, a hidden treasure tucked within an enchanting forest setting. Boasting a drop of 30 feet, the waterfall cascades down, creating an entrancing spectacle. The waterfall, combined with the forest’s tranquility, creates an ambiance of peace and serenity. Especially in the autumn, Alder Falls puts on a show! The surrounding foliage bursts into a riot of colors, creating a picture-perfect backdrop for the waterfall. The trail leading to Alder Falls is a bit rugged and untamed, adding a layer of excitement and making it an ideal pick for those who seek a thrilling trek.


Laughing Whitefish Falls conversely, is an imposing spectacle of nature’s power. Standing as one of Michigan’s tallest waterfalls, it possesses an awe-inspiring 100-foot drop. Imagine standing at the base, looking up as the water cascades down, crashing into the pool below in a cloud of mist. It’s a sight that is sure to captivate and remain etched in your memory. The trail leading to Laughing Whitefish Falls is easily navigable and well-maintained, making it an excellent choice for explorers of all ages. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a family looking for a fun outing, this waterfall welcomes everyone.


Morgan Creek Falls is an absolute treat for hiking enthusiasts. Tucked away just south of Marquette, this beautiful waterfall is a sight to behold. The trail is a relatively easy 2.8-mile trek, making it perfect for a leisurely hike or a family outing. It winds through a diverse landscape of lush forests, babbling brooks, and rocky outcrops, offering stunning views at every turn. The waterfall itself is a tranquil spot, with the water cascading down the rocks into a clear pool below. This is a perfect spot to sit back, relax, and truly connect with nature.


Yellow Dog River Falls is the place to be if you are looking for adventure. Nestled about 20 miles outside of Marquette, this waterfall is a true spectacle of nature’s power and beauty. The main drop of the waterfall is a sight to behold, but that’s not all – the trail features over seven additional drops within a mile-long walk, each offering a unique and mesmerizing view. The trails can be a bit rugged at times, so be prepared for a bit of a workout. But don’t worry, the breathtaking views along the way and the sound of the roaring waterfall will make it all worthwhile.


Au Train Falls is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Located a bit off the beaten path, this waterfall is split into Upper and Lower Falls, each with their own unique charm. The Upper Falls cascade over a series of rock ledges, creating a beautiful curtain of water, while the Lower Falls tumble down into a serene pool, surrounded by lush greenery. The trail leading to these falls is adventurous and a bit challenging, but the stunning views and the tranquil atmosphere make it an unforgettable experience. This is a perfect spot for a quiet picnic or an afternoon of exploration and photography.

Cataract Dam Falls on the other hand, offers a bit more adventure. Situated along the Middle Branch Escanaba River, this waterfall is a fantastic spot for those who love to fish. Trail the river until you reach a big sandy bend, and there you have it! The falls are a great fishing spot for bluegill, perch, and bass, so why not combine your hiking and fishing hobbies into one fun-filled afternoon?

The Grand Attractions


Venture a bit further and prepare to be dazzled by some of the most jaw-dropping waterfalls in the region, Tahquamenon Falls and Munising Falls at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. These showstoppers are worth the day trip, boasting their own unique beauty that’s sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory.

Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, is nothing short of a spectacle. With an impressive width of 200 feet across and a drop of nearly 50 feet, this waterfall puts on a performance that Mother Nature would be proud of. The falls are divided into two sections, the Upper and Lower Falls, each offering their own unique views and experiences.

The Upper Falls, also known as “The Rootbeer Falls” due to the tannin-colored waters, create an awe-inspiring roar as the waters cascade over the edge. Surrounded by a lush forest and a variety of wildlife, it’s a fantastic spot for photography or simply soaking in the grandeur of nature.

The Lower Falls, though smaller, are equally as enchanting. Comprising a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island, they offer a more tranquil experience. You can rent a rowboat to explore the island or simply enjoy the view from the spacious picnic area.


Munising Falls is nestled in the heart of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising Falls is a sight to behold. With an easy, well-maintained trail leading from the parking area, this 50-foot waterfall is accessible and enjoyable for all ages.

The falls cascade over a sandstone cliff, creating a graceful curtain of water that contrasts beautifully with the surrounding verdant greenery. In the autumn months, the area transforms into a riot of color, making it an especially photogenic spot.

Whether you’re listening to the soft whispers of the fall or capturing the perfect shot of the water glimmering in the sunlight, Munising Falls offers a serene and captivating experience.


Wow, what a whirlwind of watery wonders we’ve explored! From the hidden charms of the city’s heart in Marquette, through the thrill-seeking trails of Pinnacle and Little Garlic Falls, to the majestic beauty of Alder and Laughing Whitefish Falls, and finally culminating with the grandeur of Tahquamenon and Munising Falls – we’ve journeyed through a slice of Michigan’s magical waterfall country.


But remember, there’s no rush to tick all these waterfalls off your list in one go. Each waterfall has its own unique allure and deserves the time for you to fully embrace its beauty. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh, pine-scented air, listen to the peaceful sound of cascading water, and soak up the stunning views that surround you.


And at the end of each adventurous day, there’s no better place to rest and rejuvenate than the Tall Pines Motel. Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Marquette, it’s the perfect base for your waterfall adventure. With cozy rooms, friendly service, and a tranquil setting, you’ll feel right at home.


So why wait? Pack your hiking boots, grab your camera, and start planning your Marquette waterfall adventure today. The beauty of Marquette is calling, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the Tall Pines Motel – your gateway to the enchanting world of waterfalls.


Book your stay with us now and start dreaming of the waterfall wonders that await! We can’t wait to share the magic of Marquette with you.

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