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Exploring state parks like Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise Michigan are fun and educational for the whole family including pets in many locations.
Like most state owned parks this forest park has a lot to offer. But this one may hold a special place in your heart.
This is the land of the "rushing Tahquamenaw" described by Longfellow in his famous poem, "Hiawatha".
You may not be a poetry lover but what child isn't familiar with Hiawatha. I know I remember being fascinated as a child with the name. And I had wonderful teachers who painted a beautiful picture for our minds around this lovely Indian Maiden.
The abundance of fish in the Tahquamenaw waters and animals along its shores attraced the Ojibwa Indians who camped, farmed, fished and trapped its banks.
For those of us who never leave home without them, it is nice to know that dogs are permitted in the park, but they must remain on a 6 foot leash at all times. Dogs may not be left unattended.
This wasn't an issue for us when we traveled through the forest paths before us.
Our dog Lori is a senior Chiquaqua who enjoys riding in her pouch on my chest. She even loves the attentive smiles and pets from strangers who we meet along the way.
Our schedule was too tight to take the time but it's nice to know that nature programs are held seven days a week from July through September in various locations throughout the park. Check the information stations for more information.
Moose are occasionally seen feeding in the wet areas of the park, especially along M-123 between Paradise and the Lower Falls.
Black bear, coyotes, otter, deer, fox, porcupines, beaver and mink are a few of the other wildlife that can be seen in the park.
The abundant bird life includes spruce grouse, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds.
We opted to explore this lovely forest trail walk on our own. It was one of those stops along the way and I'm just thrilled that I could get some awesome pictures for sharing.
The park is open for activities year round and we passed many who were enjoying their own kind of fun in different ways.
You can read more about Michigan's state parks at www.michigan.gov/tahquamenon See all the fun things you can enjoy with your family all year round. Please come back and share your stories with us, if you so please.
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