Here's a great way to see one of Michigan's most popular state parks, and this weekend will be the last event of the season.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Luce and Chippewa counties is offering guided snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by lantern light on Saturday evening.
Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a one-mile trail from 6-8:30 p.m., starting at the Upper Falls parking area.
The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers, while snowshoers make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop. Join the park staff for a campfire and refreshments at the end. The ski trail is rated "easy"; however, skiing and snowshoeing at night is always challenging and a headlamp or flashlight is recommended.
Guided snowshoe hikes will begin at the Upper Falls Fact Shack at 3 p.m. on Feb. 2, 9 and 23. Free snowshoe rental is available all day from 1 to 8:30 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to try out this inexpensive, active winter sport at their leisure.
The privately owned and operated Tahquamenon Falls Brewery, also located at the Upper Falls, is open daily during the winter and offers a convenient place to warm up and get a bite to eat before or after your winter adventure.
The Upper Falls entrance of Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located on M-123, 14 miles west of Paradise. For more information about winter recreation opportunities at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, call 906-492-3415 or visit www.michigan.gov/tfallseducation or www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar.
This event is free; however a Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park.