The Hungarian River holds many treasures. As the river takes numerous precipitous drops from the heights of the Keweenaw Peninsula down to Portage Lake, a considerable number of very beautiful waterfalls are created. When I visited in May 2009, I counted at least six waterfalls, maybe even more.
The two most prominent waterfalls on the river are known as Upper and Lower Hungarian Falls. In between, there are three other drops. The drop that is closest to Lower Hungarian Falls is the waterfall profiled here. It is the most scenic of the middle three. Of the waterfalls on the river, this is the one that offers the most viewpoints: at eye level, and at least two different views from above.
1) You’ll be driving along M-26 toward Hubell, MI.
2) In the outskirts of Hubell (if there can be outskirts in such a small town), turn onto Sixth Street.
3) Sixth Street will dead end, but to the left is a dirt road named Golf Course Rd. Take the road to the left.
4) You will go up a hill, and the road will flatten out a little bit.
5) Here’s the confusing part…As you’re driving on Golf Course Road, you will pass a number of dirt roads on the left. I got confused by the directions I was following and ended up turning onto the first road ON THE LEFT after a pile of rubble and a gate. The connection to the road was not even, so go slowly!
6) From there, I headed down that road to the end, where there is a turn-around. Park here.
7) From here, you will connect onto the trail to your right. Where I parked, if I walked straight instead of to the right, I hit what looked like the remains of an old bridge…
8) From this trail, you will end up passing the Lower Falls first. Then you will come to the first Middle Hungarian Falls. All of the falls can be viewed from this trail, some better than others.
*Penrose’s “A Guide to 199 Michigan Waterfalls” is the book I used for directions. I just got very confused by what dirt road to turn down. I guess you can turn down many of those dirt roads to the left. The one I chose offered great opportunities to view all of the falls, including one I haven’t seen recorded elsewhere.
Where in the World is Middle Hungarian Falls #1?: map