Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing Horseback Riding

  • Length: 5.82 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Terrain: Steep 2%, Hilly 10%, Moderate 88%
  • Organization: Michigan DNR
  • Trail Website: michigandnr.com

The Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway is located in Presque Isle County at the Ocqueoc Falls. It is the largest waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula and the only universally-accessible waterfall in the United States. After hiking the trail, take a swim in the falls! Ocquoec provides approximately six miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing opportunities with three marked loops. At this site, you can see where the Ocqueoc River has cut a channel through the limestone bedrock that underlays the entire region. During spawning season, you can see the salmon actually swim through these underground channels.  The remnants of an old mill race can be seen just above the falls. The Silver Lake snowmobile trail runs nearby and can be followed in the summer. The Silver Lake Trail is approximately 20 miles long and connects to vast snowmobile trail system in northern Michigan.

MichiganTrailMaps.com says, "This Mackinaw State Forest trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers during much of the year and consists of four loops; 2.85, 3.5, 4.6 and 6 miles. More than just the falls, this is a very scenic area dominated by the river valley and forested by towering pines and hardwoods that are brilliant in early October. You hike or ride out along a ridge above the valley for some incredible views, and then return along the river, ending at the falls. The first loop is not only the shortest but the most scenic, making it an excellent choice for families with children." Click here for trail maps!


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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