#27 – Stretch Your Legs at Fumee Falls

fumee falls

Fumee falls

Fumee Falls

Fumee Falls is a great little roadside waterfall / rest stop on US2 between Iron Mountain and Norway. And believe it or not, it’s been a rest stop for over a century. (It’s likely that Henry Ford and company stopped here more than once on their travels through the Upper Peninsula).

The falls are part of Fumee Creek, which flows from the Fumee Lake Natural Area (which boasts great biking, hiking and paddling) south into the Menominee River. A nice set of stairs leads to the top of the falls, where there’s a bench and a little viewing platform.

The water level gets pretty low during summer, but tends to flow strong in spring and late fall.

A sign in the parking area shows photos of people camping in this very spot with their Ford Model T’s years ago, back when US 2 was still a dirt road. Now there are bathrooms and a couple picnic tables here. And while nearby traffic doesn’t make this the most peaceful spot in the world, it’s still a good spot for a picnic lunch.

To see more photos of Fumee Falls, click here to access my Facebook page and then browse to the Fumee Falls album.

Bottom line: Fumee Falls is a great little rest stop along US 2 between Iron Mountain and Norway. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, it’s well worth the stop.

Map: To see Fumee Falls on my Map of the Upper Peninsula, click here.

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