Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan includes a 42 mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail, stretching from Munising to Grand Marais. Editor's Note: If your kid's are over 8 years old, this is a wonderful family getaway.
Whether you are planning a less rigorous family vacation or an adventure camping experience, Pictured Rocks is perfect for Backcountry camping.
So lace up your hiking shoes ... grab a snack, water, map and compass ... and head on down the trail of adventure in Michigan at Pictured Rocks!
The Pictured Rocks cliffs are spectacular but can be dangerous. Fifteen miles of the North Country Trail are atop 50-200 foot high cliffs. Cliff tops are covered with loose sand and gravel. Unsupported overhangs of soft sandstone are common. For your safety, stay away from the cliff edge.
The weather near Lake Superior is very changeable. Summers are often warm but be prepared for cool, rainy, windy weather. Hypothermia can occur at any time - know the symptoms. Use a layered clothing system - see our Backcountry Coupons and deals
You may encounter bears and other wildlife in the backcountry. Keep a clean camp and
be cautious. Store food in lockers or hang on food poles.
Insects such as black flies, mosquitos, and stable flies can be a nuisance between June and September. Long pants and shirts and insect repellant are recommended.
This formation of rock extends from Tahquamenon Falls, 75 miles east of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, to Laughing Whitefish Falls, about 30 miles west of Lakeshore.
Although all of the trails at Pictured Rocks are adventurous
and beautiful, the White Birch Trail
Located at the Twelvemile Beach Campground, approx. 18 miles west of Grand Marais on Alger County Road H-58 is our favorite. Make sure you allocate some time for this hike!
This two-mile long self-guiding interpretive trail begins at the east end of the campground. The beautiful trail explores the natural history of the uplands in this area of Michigan adjacent to the lake, an environment very different from that near the campground and Lake Superior.
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