Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising

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Pictured Rocks Lakeshore is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the communities of Munsiing and Grand Marais. Over 73,000 acres are protected for recreation, solitude, adventure, natural process and ecosystems, and cultural history for current and future generations.
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  • Went by boat of course, truly lovely. There are places to access without a boat but on the trails if you are up for a hike.  more »
  • There is an opinion that people who visit Munising in winter do not visit in the summer. This could be a valid statement since I have never been at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the summer. Mun...  more »
  • Came up to the UP for some winter sightseeing and outdoor activities and hiked a number of the falls and trails at 0 degrees. Saw some great frozen waterfalls hiked the marshes in peace and quiet and ...  more »
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  • If this Coastline were in - say - California it would be mentioned in the same breath as Big Sur. The big question; should Michigan feel slighted because this breath taking beauty is seldom mentioned? Having been to the circus that is the Yosemite Valley where it took nearly 2 hours to find a parking space, and then here where I hiked for 2 hours and never ran into a soul, I'd say let's not tell California about this place. It'll be our little secret.
  • Did the 10 mile Chapel Loop and saw countless breath taking views. Probably the best hike I've been on. Highly recommend
  • One of my favorite north Michigan spots to visit. Lots of outdoor entertainment to choose from. You can camp in lots or backpack camp on some of the trails. Munising is close by which has good lodging for those who like to stay in a hotel and there are a few good places to eat there. The views are breath taking and if you do a boat ride you really get to see stuff you normally wouldn’t see from the ground. Lots of pull offs and parking. Many waterfalls that are a must see! Take the time to stop at the Dnr office and grab a map! They are very helpful and will circle some must see places.
  • The fall color should be the highlight in this park. The Chapel Falls hiking trail that leads to the lake shore is well maintained. It took less 1.5 hours to see that famous chapel rock. The wind could be strong at the beach so take a jacket if hiking in the winder.
  • Pictured Rocks is well worth a trip. The views of Lake Superior's clear blue waters and the sandstone cliffs are absolutely gorgeous of course, but we were surprised by the sheer number of different mushrooms and fungus that was growing along the trails. My husband and I hiked the Chapel Loop in the Chapel Basin/Mosquito Falls Area, which ended up being about 8 miles for the route we took. During our early September visit, many parts of the trail were impassable due to mud . Previous hikers (or park staff) had laid down boards and small tree trunks in some areas, but hikers need to go off trail to bypass the mud in other areas. Wear waterproof hiking boots that you don't mind getting really dirty.

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Where to stay in Munising

Standard hotels and inns by the water offer pleasant views and onsite restaurants. Farther back from the bay, you'll discover a number of rental homes, suited for families and larger groups. Head north, following the main road, to find some very popular campsites. With RV and tent pitches, they are ideal for travelers on the move, fans of the outdoors, and budget-watchers.
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