Lower Hungarian Falls, Michigan

The waterfalls on the Hungarian River are absolutely spectacular. There are at least five waterfalls on the river, and Lower Hungarian Falls is the furthest waterfall downstream. The waterfall is larger than I think most people realize or even report. Maybe it’s just very deceiving.

In a previous post, I talked about getting a better view of Hungarian Gorge Falls on a tributary of the Hungarian River. Lower Hungarian Falls is right nearby. I mention this because there are different ways to view the falls. One way is to view the falls from above, though this is the least exciting view. The second option is to apparently find a trail near the crest of the falls that leads to a better view. That option seemed rather dangerous, as the area around the falls is EXTREMELY steep. The third option, the one that I tried, was not terribly dangerous, just rather inconvenient. I found another trail that lead down to the Hungarian River, and then followed the river upstream. This option allowed me to view the tributary waterfall and then Lower Hungarian Falls. That is where I took the picture that is posted below…

Directions:

  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 Road. 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, pay close attention. If you want to enter the gorge itself, you may notice a narrow dirt trail that leads downhill. This will lead you to the rock-hopping adventure I experienced.

Accessibility: 2/10 (strenuous)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip

Lower Hungarian Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Lower Hungarian Falls?

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