Sixteen days after Kylie was born, we visited Ocqueoc Falls in Presque Isle County, in the northeastern part of Michigan's lower peninsula. I had a significant cabin fever and needed to get away from home. Tony planned a great getaway to the northern part of our home state. It was a mini-weekend trip but a great little vacation.

In episode 2 of our podcast, we discussed tips and tricks for making road trips more fun for the entire family. One of our tips was to start taking your kiddos on road trips early and train/teach them how to love the road.

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The drive to the falls was the first time we took Kylie on a road trip. I sat in the back with her to watch her and ensure she stayed happy. The drive was over three hours one way, and she did amazing. 

This was only the beginning, sweet baby.

Kylie was 16 days old when we first visited the falls.

Ocqueoc Falls

Ocqueoc Falls is the largest waterfall in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It’s a very short and easy hike, and you may take dogs on the trail. The falls only drop 10 feet over a series of three ledges. You can swim in the falls in the summer or on warmer days. We visited in April, and there was still snow on the ground.

The Ocqueoc Falls in the winter
The snow on the banks of the Ocqueoc Falls

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway

You may also take this 6-mile loop with the falls at the trail's end. Dispersed camping is allowed along the pathway if you are at least one mile from the state forest campground. The last mile remains close to the river and ends at the falls.


Ocqueoc Falls State Forest campground is located in a Michigan hardwood forest near Ocqueoc Falls and offers 15 tents or small trailers. This campground is for tents only. However, P.H. Hoeft State Park is within 20 minutes of the Falls.