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Discover these lesser-known waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County are home to dozens of scenic waterfalls, including iconic cascades like Bond Falls and Agate Falls, but visiting some of the area’s lesser-known falls can be equally as rewarding.

Here’s a closer look at some falls you shouldn’t miss (all of these falls are in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park).

Little Union Gorge Falls

These falls are located on the Little Union River by the Union River Outpost Campground off South Boundary Road, just south of the Porcupine Mountains Visitor Center.

Drive into the campground until you reach an old bridge and look for parking nearby. Take the trail after the bridge up the hill to the right to reach the main drop of the falls; you can reach the downstream falls by taking the trail to the left.

Note that the flow at Little Union Gorge Falls varies widely depending on water level—visit after rainfall for the most impressive views.

Nonesuch Falls

Follow the South Boundary Road about 4 miles south of M-107 to reach the Nonesuch Mine parking area. Hikers will get a great view of the ruins of the Nonesuch Mine—one of several mines that operated in the area in the 1800s and 1900s—as they take the 0.75-mile trek to Nonesuch Falls. The falls are located along the Iron River, not far from the mine ruins.

Overlooked Falls Porcupine Mountains Michigan

Little Carp River waterfalls

Located on the Little Carp River, these two sets of falls (Overlooked Falls and Greenstone Falls) are great to visit in any season.

To get there, park at the lot on Little Carp River Road just north of South Boundary Road toward the western edge of the state park. It’s a quick downhill hike to the Little Carp River, where you’ll find Overlooked Falls. From there, hike another mile down the trail to find Greenstone Falls.

Find more information about the waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County here.

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Note: Please travel safely and responsibly when you are visiting the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Some businesses and facilities may have modified hours or procedures; please contact them directly for information. See Michigan’s latest coronavirus orders here.

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