Pets allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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The Hiawatha National Forest sits in two separate portions of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. Within the national forest, and meandering through much of the Northern border that feeds into Lake Superior, are dozens of rivers and water falls. The Au Train Falls are unique in that they sit off the lake several miles and make up a junction between inland lakes and reservoirs and a winding river that eventually exits into Lake Superior. The Au Train falls offer an enjoyable experience for families looking to view and enter the falls as the expanse of waterfall is spread out over three to four falls of no more than 5-6 feet in height. For this reason, numerous small pools have been created for a casual dip of the toes or full submersion for smaller persons. This site is perfect for a quick lunch with water features adults, children, and dogs can enjoy.

The park entrance to the falls sits not far off the main road and is easily accessed via a dirt road to a parking lot atop the falls. A steep trek down the path to the falls will open up to a bridge that spans the falls. From here a picnic table and park information sign are to the Right with a short path to the Left. Following the path Left, there are multiple access point to the falls' pools and flat spans.  On the opposite side of the path another tract of the Au Train river exits the Hydroelectric Plant to rejoin the main river at the end of a short half mile trail.  The hydroelectric power side is deeper and faster paced, so use caution if entering this side; this side is NOT safe for smaller children. Additionally, the natural side is much colder than the hydroelectric side and offers the best views.  For more adventure in the area, the Northwoods Resort sits on the Au Train river which meanders it's way through the country side and eventually dipping into Lake Superior surrounded by smaller sand dunes.  Additional kayak and canoe rentals are spaced along the river North of the falls for more options.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round



Easily accessible. Dog friendly. Pet friendly.


Can be crowded. Shares space with hydroelectric plant. Limited trail system.


Historically significant
Family friendly
Near lake or river
Picnic tables


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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