Hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail
Popular & Easy Trail Sections
Narrowing down your North County Trail hiking options is no easy task– with endless acres of wilderness, it’s hard to know where to start. For those traveling along the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway hoping to explore the region’s diverse terrain we highlighted a few of our favorite options!
Easing into the Experience Try the Tahqua Trail
This lovely little section of trail parallels the Tahquamenon River. The patch of forest between the road and the riverbank is fairly narrow so you’ll often find yourself hugging the banks of the river. As you travel through old-growth forest and wind you way to the river you’ll find several choice spots to stop for a snack or just take in the scenery along the river. The trail is easy and flat for the most part with the help of several wooden bridges. Do an out and back. You set the distance and pace.
Trailhead/Parking: Traveling along M123 from Paradise just north of the Rivermouth Unit at Tahquamenon Falls State Park you’ll turn right onto Tahqua Trail Road. Travel about 4 miles down the road and you’ll find a small parking lot on the right hand side. You can also park at a handful of small turnoffs on the left hand side of the road if you want a shorter hike.
Feeling Adventurous? Hike the River Trail
Or as the locals might say – “Hike between Da Falls” if you want adventure. The 5-mile River Trail parallels the Tahquamenon River between the Upper and Lower Falls, traversing through old-growth forest, giant cedars and hemlocks, and beautiful wildflowers. The River Trail travels along the Tahquamenon River offering stunning views and is considered the most scenic trail in the park
Exposed roots, hilly terrain and several staircases make this trail difficult in some areas. Closed-toe shoes, water and snacks are recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Trail Head/Parking: Traveling along M123 pull into either the Upper or Lower Falls parking area. You will find trailheads at both locations.