See the USA–Michigan

Michigan Has A Grand Canyon, Canyon Falls And It’s Incredibly Beautiful

It’s no secret that the Grand Canyon is one of America’s most breathtaking attractions. If you’ve ever seen it, you’ll agree. The sweeping views are jawdroppingly gorgeous and a humbling reminder of how beautiful nature can be. But did you know that Michigan is home to its own “Grand Canyon,” complete with natural beauty that will leave you speechless? Lace up those boots, because today we’re taking you to one of the most beautiful natural attractions around, Canyon Falls in Michigan. Affectionally called “The Grand Canyon of Michigan,” you’ll quickly fall in love with this natural oasis, and it might even become your new favorite hiking spot! Let’s take a closer look.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

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Situated south of L’Anse, off US 41, the scenic Canyon Falls and Gorge is a true treasure of the Upper Peninsula. No trip to the U.P. is complete without a stop at this gorgeous location on the banks of the Sturgeon River.
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A mostly level mile-long hike will take visitors to the marvelous Canyon Falls, where many enjoy picnic lunches and unparalleled views of Michigan’s natural wonder.
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The hike to the falls includes a trek through some of Michigan’s majestic hardwood trees.
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Past the falls sits what many call “The Grand Canyon of Michigan,” or Canyon Gorge. This magnificent site is a hidden gem, as the Mitten State isn’t usually associated with this type of natural canyon formation.
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At its widest point, the gorge is a mile wide and more than 300 feet deep.
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A stop at the gorge will take your breath away and leave you marveling at the beauty of Michigan’s landscape. And it’s just a short hike from the roadside park, making it accessible to visitors of nearly all athletic abilities.

So the next time someone mentions their trip to the Grand Canyon, be sure to ask for clarification: “Which one?”

Have you visited Canyon Falls in Michigan, “The Grand Canyon of Michigan?”

Thanks for the article by Sophie Boudreau of

Note: this part of Michigan is in the upper part, situated mostly above the state of Wisconsin. Watch for Canyon Falls Roadside Park on Rt. 41 more near the town of Alberta, Mi.

Author: Dennis Hickey

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