Experience one of Michigan’s most scenic waterfalls
North of Land O’ Lakes, beyond the Michigan border, is a waterfall that is so hauntingly beautiful, visitors return to its spillway year after year, generation after generation. Discover this waterfall for yourself and you’ll see why: Agate Falls is appropriately named; the falls are a true gem, considered by many to be the finest waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The falls are on an upper branch of the Ontonagon River. Water cascades over shelves of terraced sandstone, forming a dramatic series of small cascading falls several stories tall. Agate Falls is a place that changes through the seasons. The river roars with power from the spring melt; it beckons summer wildlife, it is ablaze with color in the fall and in the winter it’s transformed into dramatic ice sculptures.
A roadside park has a paved trail that leads downstream to an overlook. If you wish, you can venture beyond the trail and work your way down steep terrain below to take in another grand view. There’s also a railroad trestle above the falls that provides a nice vantage point. To get to the falls from Land O’ Lakes, head east on Highway B to U.S. Highway 45 North. Turn left and travel north 27 miles to Bruce Crossing. Turn right, heading east onto M-28 for 6.5 miles to the roadside park at Agate Falls. Be warned: after visiting these falls, you’ll likely start plotting a return trip.