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Thomas Rock Viewpoint Stunning in Autumn

Michigamme Township, MI, United States
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Just very recently my family visited me for a few days over the weekend during the height of the fall color peak season. We took a driving trip to Michigamme Township and the Huron Mountains before eventually ending up in the tiny, cozy hamlet of Big Bay on the shores of Lake Superior in north-central Upper Michigan. The autumn colors were absolutely stunning on a mostly sunny day until we reached the Thomas Rock Trail Viewpoint just south of Big Bay on county highway 510. Low clouds scoured in off the big lake but that didn't detract from the impressive, colorful views of fall foliage everywhere. It's a short gravel hiking path (no more than 1/4 mile roundtrip) through towering maple and pine trees to the viewpoint from the parking lot and it's easily accessible to those with mobility difficulties. There's basically very little incline or decline to the viewpoint itself. After that, we worked up an appetite and it was time for lunch in Big Bay at the Thunder Bay Inn where "Anatomy of a Murder" was filmed.
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Hotels

Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast
Beautiful bed and breakfast about 5 miles outside of Big Bay. Visitors are allowed to roam the grounds and hike nearby trails which offer great views of Lake Superior and beyond.
Low Places Oasis
Quiet retreat in the heart of the Huron Mountains near Michigamme Township in north-central Upper Michigan.

Points of interest

Eagle Mine
The area is well known for mining such as the Eagle Mine and nearby Tilden Mine for iron ore.
Perkins County Park
Several campsites, small beach, picnic tables and a children's playground all lie on Lake Independence in this lovely park.
Alder Falls
Beautiful waterfall that is accessible via a rough truck road. ATV's recommended only or hike in.

Restaurants

Lumberjack Tavern
Unfortunately this bar was closed when we were in town.
Thunder Bay Inn
Had a burger and waffle fries at the Thunder Bay Inn (or known as Duke's Bar). Anatomy of a Murder was filmed here but the actual murder itself took place at the nearby Lumberjack Bar which was closed and for sale at the time.

Shopping

Crams General Store
Just about the only place to buy snacks/food/bait/basic necessities in Big Bay unless you want to drive 30 miles south to Marquette.

Special activities

McCormick Wilderness
Awesome wilderness for exploring via trails or kayak on water. This is definitely moose country!
Thomas Rock Trail
Lovely short hiking trail from parking lot leads to splendid views of Lake Independence and Lake Superior in the distance. Keweenaw Peninsula can be seen on a clear day.

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