|Photography by James Marvin Phelps|
|Through a forest to Sable Falls|
A delightful half-mile walk and stairway take you through a forest to the falls, part of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The falls and Lake Superior are revealed in tantalizing glimpses before finally you look down on the entire cascade from the rocky shelf at its precipice. Stairs with occasional benches continue down and along Sable Creek to a rocky beach.
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To extend this adventure, walk right (east) along the shore. This is known as a good stretch for agates, though its accessibility makes for slimmer pickings than at more remote areas.
The parking lot for the trails to Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes is off H-58 about a mile west of Grand Marais Free. Handicap accessible: no.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Harbor entrance, range lights, pier & beach. Fish from the long stone pier jutting far out into Lake Superior, protecting the harbor. Or walk the long beach and enjoy the range light, & 2 museums, one in the old Coast Guard station, draw people to Coast Guard Point ... more
Pickle Barrel Museum. A summer house in two giant barrels for the creator of the long-lived Teenie Weenie cartoons. Now saved from rot and open to the public with historical displays and period rooms circa 1930. ... more
Gitche Gumee Agate & History Museum. Agates, rockhounding, geology, commercial fishing, and the self-sufficient local lifestyle after the lumber company left – Karen Bryzs's heartfelt museum tells these stories ... more
North Country Trail/Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hike the trail connecting the lakeshore's prominent sights to experience them more fully than a drive-up-and-go-on view. Plan your hike so a shuttle bus can take you back ... more
Log Slide Overlook. Almost 300 feet above Lake Superior, there are splendid views to the Au Sable Lighthouse and the immense expanses of the Grand Sable Dunes. Exhibits show the scene when loggers rolled logs down for loading on ships ... more
Kingston Plains Burns. The best-known of the U.P.'s eerie stump fields or ghost forests created when forest fires across the cutover were so hot they burned off the soil's humus and the forest couldn't grow back. Pine resin preserved giant stumps. Some still remain ... more