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Hiawatha National Forest


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On the shores of Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan lies the stunning beauty of the Hiawatha National Forest. Its picturesque lakeshores, striking lighthouses, tranquil islands, cascading waterfalls, diverse wildlife, and ample snowfall offer visitors a haven for relaxation and recreation.

While the land was formed by massive glaciers that covered the area more than 10,000 years ago, today the Hiawatha National Forest is a maturing forest of nearly a million acres that features 19 campgrounds and 2 cabins, numerous day-use areas, 6 historic lighthouses, 3 islands and 6 wilderness areas to explore.

In the summer, the national forest offers swimming, fishing, and hiking opportunities. The fall foliage in Hiawatha is stunning, ranging from pale yellows to bright oranges and reds, and provides some of the best viewing spots in the Munising area. In winter, visitors can enjoy miles of groomed snowmobile trails or peaceful pursuits like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing, all of which can renew the body and soul.

To help you to appreciate the lakeshore to its fullest, while in town stop by one of the Visitor Information Centers in Munising or Grand Marias, visit or call the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitors Center at 906-387-3700.

Safety Tips:
Hike Like a Pro

Do not count on your cell phone. Many areas of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore do not have cellular coverage.

Be conservative with your trip itinerary.

Always let someone know when you will return, whether for an extended backcountry trip or a day hike.

Biting insects such as black flies, mosquitoes, and stable flies can be a nuisance between late May and early September. Long pants, shirts and insect repellent are recommended.

Poison ivy exists in certain parts of the park, especially in drier sandy soils near the shore. Stay on the trail!

Bears and other wildlife may be encountered. Maintain a respectful distance while observing wildlife. Keep a clean camp and use caution. See page 30 for more on bears.

Be alert! Look up! Beech Bark Disease has spread throughout the national lakeshore, resulting in many dead and dying beech trees. Be aware of these trees and the potential for falling branches and trees.

Chapel Rock
Chapel Falls

Chapel Falls is an 80 ft scenic waterfall located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park. Its water is derived from Section Creek. There is a long hike to this waterfall – approximately one hour. Located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park, this beautiful waterfall is located East of Miner’s Castle. Traveling West on H58 from Munising, MI, you will drive approximately 15 miles. About 1 1/2 miles past Melstrand, MI you will see a sign “Chapel Area” on your left. Stay to the right and follow the signs. You will need to hike approx 3 miles one way from the parking area.

Miners Castle
Miners Beach

he Miners Castle formation is located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore approximately 6.5 miles east of Munising, MI on Alger County Road H58. Then continue traveling 5 miles north on Miners Castle Road to the parking area. The visitors platform is just a short walk and provides ample opportunity for photography and viewing. Miners Castle is probably the most recognizable of all formations within the Pictured Rocks National Park and Lakeshore.

There are plenty of interpretive exhibits at the Miners Castle area. In 2006, Miners Castle lost one of turrets caused by erosion. Miners Beach Miners Beach is located approximately 6 1/2 miles east of Munising, MI. It is situated within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and is found on Alger County Road H58, then head 6 miles north on Miners Castle Road. This beautiful beach is perfect for swimmers, picnics and beach enthusiasts. Kid Rock also filmed his Music Video, “Born Free” here on the shores of Miners Beach. With over 73,000 acres of Lake Superior shoreline, this spot along the shore is a great place to relax and enjoy a very beautiful beach.

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Hiawatha National

Located in Michigan’s wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest’s dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan — three of the five great lakes


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No matter what time of year you plan to travel to Munising, it’s best to plan to ensure your vacation goes as smoothly as possible. But don’t worry, we have all the resources you need.

Munising offers an array of options for dining out, from fast-casual establishments to upscale restaurants. 

Munising offers countless lodging options to choose from, including boutique hotels, small family-owned motels, and secluded cottages and cabins. 

Whether you want to snowmobile, view some of the most beautiful fall foliage in America, or relax on a magical beach, Munising’s four seasons have something for everyone.

While its rural location is part of the charm, cell service can be an issue for some arriving in the Upper Peninsula. Fortunately, we have a range of maps and guides to help you along the way.

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