Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore – Miners Castle

miners castle

This is my last post about Michigan. I promise! At least for awhile…. I just can’t believe I’ve never heard of Pictured Rocks before I had already planned a trip to Michigan and then checked out some library books on things to do in the area.

After our long hike through the Chapel Basin and Grand Portal Point, we decided to stop by Miners Castle to take in the views. Luckily reaching the viewing area was not physically demanding. This feature is definitely worth a visit.

pictured rocks overlook at miners castle


Miners Castle is one of the best known formations of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  The feature was significantly altered by the collapse of one of the turrets in April 2006. The following other major rock falls were noted on the National Park Services website announcement

“While the rockfall at Miners Castle on April 13 was startling, such events are not rare along the Pictured Rocks escarpment. At least five major falls have occurred over the past dozen years: 1) two different portions of Grand Portal Point, 2) the eastern side of Indian Head just east of Grand Portal Point, 3) Miners Falls just below the (now modified) viewing platform, and 4) beneath the lip of Munising Falls (along the former trail that went behind the cascade).”

miners castle and lake superiour

Even though Miners Castle continues to change the views are still quite beautiful. Viewing platforms are easily accessible via short paved paths from the nearby parking area. An information center and restrooms are located near the parking area as well.

What is your favorite National Park to visit?


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