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love the spot but the stairs are a little unkempt. hard to manage because they are all different sizes. a great short hike done in less then a half hour. great place to take pictures. one of our favorite places.

9 hours ago

A beautiful setting and easy hiking. Header info is wrong about pets. Pets are not allowed on the islands; mainland only. Other comments about the mosquitos are correct at times. Check first; it does turn a great trip into an ordeal
Lost of history in addition to the scenery.

Great trail with hills and recovery plateaus.

Sugarloaf is an incredible hike with a 470 feet high view at the top. Not sure why people keep downgrading its rating on here because it's too easy? If you're looking for a longer hike, the trail connects to Wetmore Landing and then to Little Presque Isle. You can also connect Sugarloaf to Hogback Mountain which is has an even more impressive view (600 feet high). Combine all these and you have yourself a challenging hike with three of the most beautiful spots in all of Michigan.


We started from the lower falls campground, site 145. If you go to the bottom of that loop, there is a small loop trail that takes you down to lower falls. We took the the branch going east to start, and it's about .7 miles of really nice pine forrest trail. After exploring the lower falls, we took the .3 mile board walk around the north of the falls and to the start of the official "4 mile trail" to upper falls.

Depending on how often and where you've hiked before, you'll have different feelings on this trail. For me, it was average scenery, mostly through woods but occasionally along the river. The trail is very rooty and has a couple of hills at the start of the 4 mile trail and near the end. Nothing too difficult. I'm sure it's due to time of year (mid July), but several sections of this trail are very overgrown with weeds. The trail is always easy to see, but you'll be fighting overgrowth for about 15% of the trail.

At upper falls you will have to negotiate a bunch of stairs to see the falls. Make sure you go to the end of the boardwalk for best view.

After we were done, we turned around and hiked back. Once we got to lower falls, we got in the water, which was surprisingly warm, then headed back on the shorter "western" leg of the loop up to lower falls campsite. There are nice markers at the intersections with picture of the trail map so you'll know what I mean when you see it.

For this loop I had it measured via Garmin at 9.7 miles. If you walk all the way up upper falls park to the actual falls, I could see it being 10+.

Nice mix of woods and bluffs. Keep going along a Sandy trail at the top for a longer hike. Lots of flowers and fine growth. Great views. Pretty easy trail even with a trick knee.

Amazing views of the forest and of Lake Superior

A few uphills and downhills that might be challenging for elderly and people with disabilities.

1 day ago

This is a great trail. Very wide and just as described. Saw couples in flip flops walking it. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan.

Nice trail for family ride! Leads to other trails in the are. Wilderness Park is getting a nice upgrade for RV camping. Pretty area! Take bug spray..... deer flys were crazy.

2 days ago

Beautiful place! It was a little bit of a drive on a dirt road but it was worth the drive!

trail running
2 days ago

I ran this trail today and is was pretty easy. it was not that hard to find where the trail picks back up, and was dry but I can see where it could be muddy after a good rain.

2 days ago

Very scenic. Beautiful river. Trail ranges from wide to narrow, mud to rocks to leaves, some trees are down over the trail through the whole thing, but that just makes it more fun.

trail running
2 days ago

We did a trail run loop, parked at the west side of the red bridge (bridge still out). Clocked 20 miles without any side trips, took us 5 hours. It was a very very calm river day - We staged 2 small rafts on the east side and floated across; also could have swam across. Be warned - i could easily see this river having tougher/swifter conditions after a rain. Lovely forest trail with amazing river views. Previous reviews are accurate - NCT side has no water for most of this section. I’d say both sides are same difficulty, NCT has longer ups/downs but MRT has more roots, shorter ups/downs, and harder to navigate due to social trails and campsite side trails (when running we were forced to stop and check several times to ensure on right path). Have fun running among the trees & ferns & mushrooms!

Great little trail that takes you to some interesting bridges and even a spot that was once (as far as I can tell) a house.

2 days ago

I took a Unplanned Day trip Adventure with two of my boys ages 11 and 9. We pulled over to climb what we thought to be One big dune. Out of curiosity we kept on going and Our adventure ended up being Over three miles of 9 up hill dune climbs to Lake Michigan. 27 Trail marks one way. Bring Water and A Snack!

mountain biking
2 days ago

Trails were great! Well maintained and had options for beginners and seasoned mountain bikers. However, trails were not marked well. Was my first time riding there the other day and got lost multiple times. Had no idea were I was or where I was going. Had to back track a couple times. Trails are good, just work on signs!

They have done a lot of work to the mtb trail system this year. It is now longer as Cramba is adding mtb trails and the park is adding general use trails. There are also many trails in the larger area of the park that are rideable with some nice climbs Nice scenic area with the river running through.

Pretty, serene, and well marked every step of the way!

Hiked, swam, trail ran a bit, camped. Tons of mosquitoes, flys, and another larger flying biting pest. Cool precession of moths as you move down the trail. Lots of tiny frogs.

Hardly anybody on trails was real nice.
Terrain was good (flat) but no issues.

Went on a 90 degree day (mid day) and the heat didn’t bother me, but some black flys ruined my run.

Had bug spray on, but that didn’t seem to help.

Think would be much better during a non-Black day attack aka different time of day or different season

very challenging. Highly recommend starting very early in the a.m. especially during the summer. Bring lots of water. My 7 y.o. walked in and out, however my 3 y.o. walked in and I shoulder carried him out. Easy for him but very challenging for Daddy.

Extremely difficult, please bring plenty of water. Beautiful water views at the end, but Dune Climb makes you work for it. Many quit after the first few inclines, so the water view was more secluded. Prepare to sweat!

Kinda hard to find, by the way it has a sign that labels it DTE trail or something. Be mindful as there are a lot of mountain bikers, and they have it set up so hikers walk the opposite direction, which lead to a couple times a fast biker with headphones almost slammed us.

Great trails with much of the path edging the river/rapids. Beautiful woods and well-marked.

A nice shaded hike to take my dogs. Very peaceful and relaxing.

FYI, River Bends park connects to Clinton River Heritage Park on Van Dyke.
AFTER you pass Jimmy Johns Field, cross the street (Auburn Rd), stay on trail and go down under 59, then cross Clinton River, go down Davis Street two blocks then turn left on Nichols. From Nichols you’ll pickup trail in Clinton River Heritage Park located on Van Dyke just south of M59.
From Clinton River Heritage Park the trail continues on to Clinton River Park and then to Dodge Park. Stay on the trail along the Clinton River when in doubt, especially in Dodge Park.
There’s a gas station across the street from Dodge Park to eat or refreshments if needed however we always pack a lunch. Also plenty of clean bathrooms with running water at Dodge Park. Enjoy the ride. I believe the round trip between Dodge and River Bends Parks is less than 15 miles.
Our next excursion will be from Dodge Park (where we always start out) To Paint Creek Trail. Hopefully the trails all connect but will review once completed.

Also, all trails mentioned above are paved

Lots of bugs was being swarmed by at least 10 flys the entire walk was annoying so tired around and went home

I’ve been visiting Bloomer Park for years walking, hiking and even floated down the Clinton River when the water level was a bit higher. Love this park!

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