Buried within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a picturesque lighthouse known as Au Sable Lightstation. At the end of a 1.5-mile hike through the woods, this 144-year-old active lighthouse provides visitors with beautiful views of Lake Superior and a history of the area.
Lake Michigan may hold the name “the sunset coast” but the sunsets on Lake Superior are absolutely magical. You never know what you’re going to get but you don’t be disappointed.
Thomas Rock, previously known as Gobbler’s Knob, may not have the 360-degree views that the neighboring Sugarloaf Mountain has, but it still offers something spectacular.
Presque Isle Park is truly a diamond among gems. This 323 acre park is located on a peninsula that juts into Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan.
Sheer rock cliffs, unruly waves, miles of forest and wild waterfalls. Who could say no to that? That’s the scenery you can expect to see when you hike the North Country Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. The trail follows, literally, along Lake Superior from Munising to Grand Marais and offers some spectacular views.
My mom loves lighthouses. That has been the inspiration behind our recent travels to different lighthouses in the state. Steve and I have been picking some of the more unique lighthouses to photograph and put together a collage for her to enjoy. Crisp Point Lighthouse was one of those selected and I have to say, I was pretty impressed.
This year I’m finally seeing the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore how it was meant to be seen; by hiking. On our annual memorial day weekend trip, Steve and I hiked to Spray Falls, something we had never done before. After experiencing this hike, I couldn’t wait to get back out on the trails and see what other magnificent sights I could discover.
Sugarloaf Mountain may not be Mount Everest, but it certainly has something to offer those in the Marquette area. Honestly, I could have sat up there all day, admiring the view. Miles and mile of forest in one direction, Lake Superior 470 feet below in another. This 360 view of the Marquette area is pretty breath-taking, and I don’t say that a lot about views.
A campground can make or break a camping trip. Our preferred method of camping is something called dispersed camping where you pick a location in the middle of a forest, set up your tent and you’re good to go. There are no bathrooms, no water and certainly no showers.