Miners Castle

Upper Peninsula

Miners Castle is one of the lakeshore’s most iconic rock formations. A short trail leads from the parking lot to an upper platform with great views against a backdrop of Lake Superior and Grand Island. A steeper trail with stairs takes you down to a second, closer viewing deck that’s adjacent to the rock. Follow up with the mile-long (one way) trek through the forest to sandy, secluded Miners Beach.

To reach the parking lot, take County Rd H-58 5 miles east of Munising, and then go north another 5 miles on Miners Castle Rd.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Upper Peninsula attractions

1. Chapel Falls


A relatively easy, 1.2-mile (one way) walk through woods rewards with views of the 60ft-high cascade. The trail winds by two viewing platforms: one at the…

2. Grand Island

6.45 MILES

Rugged Grand Island floats a half-mile offshore from Munising and is part of Hiawatha National Forest. Visitors can day trip over to hike and mountain…

3. Twelvemile Beach

19.45 MILES

Few visitors make it to this long, isolated beach where you can find agates and other colorful rocks. Access is via the day-use area of Twelvemile Beach…

4. Au Sable Point Light Station

23.15 MILES

Stroll for 1.5 easy miles (one way) along a shore dotted with shipwreck skeletons to reach the 1874 lighthouse. In summer, ranger-guided tours ($3; 11am…