Hidden deep within the Manistee National Forest is a small un-named waterfall. It is not a large waterfall, only about two feet tall, but it is a peaceful and serene little waterfall. It is on a little creek that flows into the Manistee River a couple of miles south of the Hodenpyl Dam. The creek and waterfall do not have a name and even the sign next to them just reads “waterfall”. I have decided to call it the Manistee Falls for the forest it is in, and the Manistee river is only a few yards away.
I am guessing the creek dries up by mid-summer and the waterfalls are not flowing, so if you want to see it, spring would be the best time to do it. I don’t normally post exact locations and directions to places in my posts. I prefer to leave that for my books, but I figure since this place has limited information on the internet, I would share that info here.
Here are the coordinates for the parking area 44°20’51.4″N 85°49’42.9″W ( which someone has marked Sara’s Falls Parking)
The best way to reach the parking area is to take W 26 Rd. from M-37. Head west into the woods and it will curve to the right, but you will want to take W 26 Rd. that continues heading west. It will end at No. 1 Rd. Turn right (north) travel about a half-mile, until you see a two-track heading west. turn left and then about a half-mile at the end of the two-track is a gate and parking ara. Take the trail behind the gate about a quarter-mile to the falls. It is not too bad of a hike but it does go downhill for the last 100 yards.
if you enjoy exploring the Upper Peninsula for waterfalls, I am sure you will enjoy visiting these little waterfalls. They may not be large and impressive, but it is a fun journey and somewhere you can check off your list of places you have visited.
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