Along Michigan’s peninsula, travelers can discover the wondrous little park of Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. With Lake Superior and stunning shoreline, many experiences the area from the water, where they can take in the views of Pictured Rocks without impediment. However, Pictured Rocks have far more to discover on the land as well.

With a long sandy beach, incredible rock formations, and a variety of waterfalls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers a great deal on dry land too. A trip to Pictured Rocks by no means needs to involve going on a boat. Travelers who want to keep simpler can get a great deal from this location while staying off the water.


How To See Pictured Rocks By Land

Though there are some fantastic views from the lake itself, it is absolutely possible to experience some of the best of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore while staying on dry land. With stunning geographical sights like Miners Castle, which is fairly easy to reach, and Miners Beach itself with sights like Eliot Falls on the east end of the beach. When travelers are done with these locations, they should check out various hikes found in the area as well.

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Miners Castle Overlook

One of the most famous landmarks at Pictured Rocks is Miners Castle Overlook. It is located about 5 miles east of Munising on Alger County Road H-58, then 6 miles north on Miners Castle Road. Its cliff area is accessible by vehicle, and Leashed pets are also permitted. The location is incredibly accessible with a short, paved, and wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to the interpretive exhibits and then to the lower overlook next to Miners Castle. The rocks were formed by ages of erosion and are still changing today. In 2006 one of Miners Castle’s two torrents fell into the lake, drastically altering its appearance.

  • What Are The Rocks - Pre Cambrian and Paleozoic age sandstone
  • Location - Google Maps

Miners beach

Miners Beach is one of the easiest destinations for travelers to Pictured Rocks to enjoy. The stretch of sandy beach is nearly a mile long and extends from the small parking lot at its east end. A boardwalk leads through the jack pine forest and picnic area on the west end to a small platform that looks out over the beach. Travelers will have great views of Bridalveil Falls and some high cliffs to the east. During the heat of summer, this is quite the go-to destination.

  • Location - Miners Beach is a 16-minute (10.4 miles) drive east of Munising, Michigan.
  • Pets - Allowed

Eliot Falls

Eliot’s Falls may not show up in many travel guides, but it is one of the more easy-to-access sights at Pictured Rocks. Located on the eastern side of Miners Beach, water tumbles down the two drops of somewhere between three and four feet. Not the largest of waterfalls, but still quite picturesque with the stunning scenery that surrounds it.

Hike Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore For the Best Views

Travelers looking for a bit of hiking and some additional vies should check out these trails. They allow hikers access to incredible rock formations as well as waterfalls for viewing. Taking a hike through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of the best ways to experience the stunning landscape without a boat.

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Munising Falls Trail

This is a great short hike that gives travelers easy access to Munising Falls. It is a 0.6 km out-and-back loop near the city of Munising. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete and is quite popular and often used by the community. Dogs are welcome on this trail, but they must be on a leash.

  • Length - 0.6 km
  • Difficulty - Easy
  • Elevation Gain - 15 m
  • Route Type - Out & back
  • Trail Map

Miners Falls Trail

This 1.9 km out-and-back loop is another easy way for travelers to experience Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It will take travelers just 31 minutes to complete this trail, yet it offers some fantastic views of rock formations. This is also a popular trail for birding. The best time to hike this trail is from late Spring to early Fall. Dogs are also allowed but must remain on a leash.

  • Length - 1.9 km
  • Difficulty - Easy
  • Elevation Gain - 47 m
  • Route Type - Out & back
  • Trail Map

Chapel Falls Hike

A bit longer than the other two hikes but still considered easy, Chapel Falls Hike allows travelers a chance to venture a bit deeper into Pictured Rocks to experience more of the fantastic views here. This is a 4.8 km out-and-back loop that is quite popular. Unfortunately, this trail doesn’t allow dogs even if they are on a leash.

  • Length - 4.8 km
  • Difficulty - Easy
  • Elevation Gain - 51 m
  • Route Type - Out & back
  • Trail Map