Nestled high up in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan,visitors will find one of the states most stunning natural areas. Formed by waves, weather and geology, the area know as Pictured Rocks is one of Michigans most well known, inspiring and popular natural areas bringing to mind visions of castles and fortresses, and offering a variety of different experiences. Canoe or Kayak the lake-shore of Lake Superior, take a relaxing boat cruise and see the sites from farther out or just take a hike on over 100 miles of trails which wind their way through this diverse area. In spring, enjoy the lush green of the new leaves, the smell of the impending summer. In summer, enjoy the cool breezes off the water and the cool waters of the great lake and other small lakes in the area or in fall, the blazing oranges reds and yellows of the vast unspoiled forests. Though winter can be harsh, if you can get here, you will also be inspired by the peace and wildness of this part of the state as well. Impacted greatly by harsh weather brought in by the lakes, park alerts are often in effect making it important to check any closings before you go however.
Take a closer look at some of the most well known, popular and stunning areas within the park and get to known this national wonder of Michigan with a Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan destination review with Island Trader Vacations.
Encompassing a large area, Pictured Rocks includes 35 miles of shoreline, 15 miles of cliffs and beaches in addition to waterfalls, lakes, lighthouses, streams and more. Miles of paths making hiking a popular way to explore the areas however, water related activities are also quite popular. Top attractions within the park include the visitor centers, campgrounds, lighthouses and range lights, shipwrecks, sand point, the Coast guard Station, waterfalls and the Beaver Basin Wilderness.
As with all wilderness areas, it is imperative that you know your limits and also be aware of the weather, and rules in regard to traveling in wilderness areas.
Open year round, the visitor center, other structures and some roads have limited openings based on season and weather. Visit the NPS website to learn more about this before you go.