The Perfect Weekend Camping in Michigan’s UP Eastern Region

The best Michigan State Park for adventures and travel photography. Tahquamenon falls offers hiking trails, camping, waterfalls, and is a perfect road trip destination all year round!

The U.S. state of Michigan is made up of two major peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula (UP), is the northern of the two. In my opinion, the best weekend to go camping in Michigan’s UP eastern region is during the fall. There are endless adventures when the trees are bursting with bright colors. Camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is also eco-friendly! As sustainable travelers we try to stick close to home for mini staycations throughout the year. Camping in Michigan is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and travel responsibly.

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Lake Superior Fall Colors

Where To Camp in Michigan’s UP

Brimley State Park in Michigan's UP. One of the oldest state parks in the area, the park provides plenty of recreational activities such as boating, kayaking, swimming, camping, and hiking along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior Whitefish Bay.

Brimley State Park

One of the oldest state parks in the UP, Brimley State Park in Michigan provides plenty of recreational activities such as boating, kayaking, swimming, camping, and hiking along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior Whitefish Bay. The campground is modern with 237 electric sites & showers available. There are also mini cabins you can stay in!

Location: 9200 W 6 Mile Road , Brimley, Michigan, 49715 USA Phone: (906) 248-3422

It was the end of the season in late October, we had JUST made it to see the fall colors. It was the last weekend the campground was open, and we were the only ones crazy enough to be camping that late in the season. We camped directly on Lake Superior at Brimley State Park, one of the oldest parks in the UP. In typical Logan/Chelsea fashion we arrived at our campsite in the dark. Setting up at night was never a concern of mine, in fact I kind of like it… waking up in a new place, really seeing it for the first time that morning. It’s like a surprise, or a present waiting to be unwrapped.

Our gift the first morning was waking up to a snow covered tent… in October. Really neither of us were surprised…welcome to The UP. 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Made up of over 48,000 acres this state park has 17 miles of hiking around the Tahquamenon River. The most popular attraction of the park is the Upper Falls. At over 200’ across and with a 50′ drop, the Upper Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Location:

41382 W M-123

Paradise, Michigan, 49768 USA

Phone: (248) 492-3415

Whether you are planning to camp here or not – Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a must see you won’t want to miss. The Upper Falls are over 200′ across and a 50; drop, making it one of the largest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi. The beautiful rust colored falls get their color from leached tannins of the cedar swamps which the river drains. Explore the park, do some hiking, and stop at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub for some food & locally made beer!

Michigan Upper Peninsula Fall Road Trip Adventure

Each morning we woke up freezing because we didn’t pack the right gear for color weather camping. In desperate need of caffeine we went in search of coffee, unfortunately there were very limited options in the rural area of Brimley. We fueled up and hit the road, enjoying the views as we sipped our way back to warmth.

Pro Tip: Take the scenic route along W Lakeshore Dr on your way to Tahquamenon Falls. This route will take you along Whitefish Bay giving you gorgeous lake views and the opportunity to see a lighthouse! 

Visit Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Just a short 15 minute drive from Brimley, this historic lighthouse is worth the stop. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic back in 1975. Its name meaning “Place of Iroquois Bones” derived from a battle fought back in 1662 by local Native American’s of the Chippewa and Iroquois. The lighthouse was closed for the season so we couldn’t climb the tower but we were able to explore the grounds.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Michigan Fall Colors

Hiking Trails in Tahquamenon Falls

Lower Falls Hiking Trail in Tahquamenon Falls State Park

There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails throughout the eastern region of the UP. Hiking in the fall is my ideal hiking conditions- beautiful fall colors, crisp air, lower temperatures.

Tahquamenon Falls

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34 thoughts on “The Perfect Weekend Camping in Michigan’s UP Eastern Region

  1. What a stunning area to explore in the autumn! I love all your photos as it s just sooo flipping gorgeous and perfect for hiking.

    But was it tough to camp in the snow? I really like the idea of it, but I feel like I would freeze in my current camping gear!

  2. I just love autumn colours. These areas look really lovely, are there any things youโ€™d suggest packing or stuff to prepare at this time of year?

  3. I love this! The colours of the leaves mean I totally get where you are coming from about the beauty of the area at this time of year. And I had never considered the joy of putting a tent up in the dark for a new view in the morning. That waterfall is fascinating too – what a beautiful place & admire you camping in the snow ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Love these pictures and stunning fall colors! Tahquamenon falls, the lighthouse and trails through this beautiful region look inviting. Would love to visit this place when I am in US next:-)

  5. I must admit that camping is still a stretch for me. And camping when you wake up to snow has me shivering. But I can certainly see why we should plan to visit this part of Michigan. Especially for a fall colours trip! I too like to hike in the fall when the air is a bit cooler. So great to know there are lots of trails.

  6. Michigan is just over the river so it’s a great place for weekend trips for us. Thanks for the inspiration. The fall colours are amazing, hiking i those forests must be a pleasure.

  7. That seems supercold!
    Sleeping in a tant during autumn would not really be my cup of tea, but I bet it was really beautiful and quiet to stay out there when the leaves are chaing colours ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. What an amazing journey … those colors just keep on giving don’t they? I’m going to have to start following you on instagram! I’m sure you’ve got no shortage of pictures to use as backgrounds for social media!

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