Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Miner's Castle
Miner’s Castle

We left Green Bay about 12 p.m. and drove north – I had one stop in mind before ending the day in Mackinac City, MI.   I wanted to stop at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which is on Lake Superior. Michigan is, of course, broken into two peninsulas:  the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula – the two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge.

Map - Green Bay to Mackinac City via Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Map – Green Bay to Mackinac City via Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Driving time is estimated by Google Maps to be 5: 40.  Green Bay had a ton of construction so it was slow at first.   The remainder of the drive had scenic views of the lakes and lots of trees.   Easy driving.

Pictured Rocks is a big park with a lot of interesting hikes.   We were looking for a picturesque short hike which we found  near Munising at Miner’s Castle.   We parked about 100 yards from the Upper Overlook and then hiked about 1/2 a mile to the Lower Overlook.

I would like to come back to Pictured Rocks and spend more time hiking.  There is not much in the way of hotels in the area so I would need to plan ahead or (gulp) camp.

Another view of Miner's Castle
Another view of Miner’s Castle
Beautiful Water
Beautiful Water
View to the East from Upper Overlook
View to the East from Upper Overlook
Rock formation
Rock formation
View to the west
View to the west
Path leaving the Lower Overlook
Path leaving the Lower Overlook
View to East from Lower Overlook
View to East from Lower Overlook

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