25 Michigan outdoor adventures that should be on your bucket list

We often forget just how much our state has to offer beyond the realm of our everyday lives. Here, 25 escapes that will make you fall in love with Pure Michigan all over again. PS- We hope you read this in Tim Allen's voice.

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Turnip Rock, Port Austin
A 7 mile out-and-back kayak trip on Lake Huron takes visitors straight to this natural anomaly. As topsy-turvy as it may appear, we promise the stunning fixture won’t come crashing down on you.
Photo via IG user @jaglever
Turnip Rock, Port Austin
A 7 mile out-and-back kayak trip on Lake Huron takes visitors straight to this natural anomaly. As topsy-turvy as it may appear, we promise the stunning fixture won’t come crashing down on you.
Photo via IG user @jaglever
Miners Falls
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
This waterfall in northern Michigan is beautiful to look at but the real adventure is climbing down to stand in it. Climb down the steep hill from the overlook to stand on the rocks only feet away from the falling cascade. 
Photo via IG user @kalpithakl
Miners Falls
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
This waterfall in northern Michigan is beautiful to look at but the real adventure is climbing down to stand in it. Climb down the steep hill from the overlook to stand on the rocks only feet away from the falling cascade.
Photo via IG user @kalpithakl
Ocqueoc Falls 
Millersburg 
Ocqueoc Falls is the largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsula and also one of the only accessible ones. Go for a hike on the six miles of trails and then cool off by taking a dip in the falls. 
Photo via IG user @acsfkinga
Ocqueoc Falls
Millersburg
Ocqueoc Falls is the largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsula and also one of the only accessible ones. Go for a hike on the six miles of trails and then cool off by taking a dip in the falls.
Photo via IG user @acsfkinga
Point Abbaye’
Aura
Walk to this remote spot on a few miles of trails and reach the lookout point of Point Abbeye’. After taking in the beauty of our great state, you can take the trail back, or for the more adventurous, the shoreline. Walk along the rock cliffs and great pines for a daring hike and probably a few beautiful pictures. 
Photo via IG user @paprikaangel
Point Abbaye’
Aura
Walk to this remote spot on a few miles of trails and reach the lookout point of Point Abbeye’. After taking in the beauty of our great state, you can take the trail back, or for the more adventurous, the shoreline. Walk along the rock cliffs and great pines for a daring hike and probably a few beautiful pictures.
Photo via IG user @paprikaangel
Black Rocks 
Marquette
In addition to expansive hiking trails and beautiful views of northern Michigan, Black Rocks is known as one of the most popular cliff diving spots. If you’re daring enough, jump off of the rocks over 15 feet down into chilly Lake Superior. 
Photo via IG user @peacock_cards_
Black Rocks
Marquette
In addition to expansive hiking trails and beautiful views of northern Michigan, Black Rocks is known as one of the most popular cliff diving spots. If you’re daring enough, jump off of the rocks over 15 feet down into chilly Lake Superior.
Photo via IG user @peacock_cards_
Laughing Whitefish Falls
Munising area
Named one of the tallest waterfalls in Michigan, Laughing Whitefish Falls is a must go to if you are in the Upper Peninsula. There is a mile-long trail that leads to the top of the falls and then a staircase you can follow to the bottom. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can try climbing at the bottom of the falls, however we do advise that you climb at your own risk.
Photo via IG user @happyvanman
Laughing Whitefish Falls
Munising area
Named one of the tallest waterfalls in Michigan, Laughing Whitefish Falls is a must go to if you are in the Upper Peninsula. There is a mile-long trail that leads to the top of the falls and then a staircase you can follow to the bottom. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can try climbing at the bottom of the falls, however we do advise that you climb at your own risk.
Photo via IG user @happyvanman
Northwoods Adventures
Iron Mountain
Northwoods Adventures offers the ultimate rafting trip down the Menominee River. The half day trip takes you over rapids that are sure to get your heart pumping. If you are looking for a calmer adventure, try SUP (stand up paddleboard) yoga on the waters of the Upper Peninsula. 
Photo via IG user @caseyhansley
Northwoods Adventures
Iron Mountain
Northwoods Adventures offers the ultimate rafting trip down the Menominee River. The half day trip takes you over rapids that are sure to get your heart pumping. If you are looking for a calmer adventure, try SUP (stand up paddleboard) yoga on the waters of the Upper Peninsula.
Photo via IG user @caseyhansley
Little Presque Isle
Marquette
This quaint spot in northern Michigan is known as the crown jewel of Lake Superior. With its beautiful sand beaches, cliffs and breathtaking views, this is the perfect place for hiking and exploring the lakeshore. The rocky cliffs reach the bottom of Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is another spot to explore if you are looking to expand your hike.
Photo via IG user @lzghiardi
Little Presque Isle
Marquette
This quaint spot in northern Michigan is known as the crown jewel of Lake Superior. With its beautiful sand beaches, cliffs and breathtaking views, this is the perfect place for hiking and exploring the lakeshore. The rocky cliffs reach the bottom of Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is another spot to explore if you are looking to expand your hike.
Photo via IG user @lzghiardi
Crystal Mountain
Thompsonville
Crystal Mountain is home to Michigan’s only alpine coaster, the Crystal Coaster. Ride the chairlift up to the top before hopping on a cart that will take you down the 1,700-foot-long curved track. This resort also has an adventure course, a climbing wall, paintball, laser tag, a disc golf course and opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. 
Photo via Yelp user Crystal Mountain
Crystal Mountain
Thompsonville
Crystal Mountain is home to Michigan’s only alpine coaster, the Crystal Coaster. Ride the chairlift up to the top before hopping on a cart that will take you down the 1,700-foot-long curved track. This resort also has an adventure course, a climbing wall, paintball, laser tag, a disc golf course and opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.
Photo via Yelp user Crystal Mountain
Hogback Mountain
Marquette
Getting to the top of this popular summit is a great feat, even for the best of hikers. The strenuous hike will take you up twisting, narrow trails, over rocks, and through swampy areas. However, the views at the top are breathtaking and worth the long trek.
Photo via Google reviewer Greg Mowatt
Hogback Mountain
Marquette
Getting to the top of this popular summit is a great feat, even for the best of hikers. The strenuous hike will take you up twisting, narrow trails, over rocks, and through swampy areas. However, the views at the top are breathtaking and worth the long trek.
Photo via Google reviewer Greg Mowatt