Jumbo Falls, Michigan

I visited Jumbo Falls relatively near the beginning of my waterfall searches. This little waterfall is maybe not nearly as exciting after seeing many other falls, but I still find it to be interesting nonetheless. It’s just so simple, and yet that makes it enjoyable. It also has more water flowing over it than waterfalls 80 times its size! So don’t let height fool you.

I also remember the area around the falls being very beautiful. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is relatively cool throughout the year, and even in mid-August, the temperatures were very pleasant. The forest around the falls was at peak beauty, with green everywhere. It was just an enjoyable time.


  1. Getting to the falls might be the hardest part, though it’s still relatively easy. On M-28 past Kenton (which I don’t really remember noticing), a short distance later you’ll come to Golden Glow Road.
  2. If you’re headed west on M-28, you’ll turn left onto Golden Glow Road. Head south.
  3. After a few miles, you’ll come to an intersection. Turn left at the intersection. Don’t go onto the forest service road.
  4. From there, head east along the road for a ways to a parking area for the falls. It doesn’t seem like it’s for the falls. When I visited, it had a sign about fishing, but you’re in the right area. Wander around, and follow the Jumbo River to the falls. You’ll probably hear them if you’re in the right spot. It’s only a short distance from that parking area to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Jumbo Falls in August 2008

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