There are so many great views in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula it is hard to single out a few, but Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook is an easy choice. It offers a great hike together with the reward of amazing vistas including those of Lake Superior. From the venture of woods and trails to cliffs views high enough for flatlanders from South Louisiana to truly be impressed.
The area began life as Gobbler’s Knob and was a favorite place of the Thomas Family. The family donated the area to Powell Township with the stipulation of name change to Thomas Rock Trail. Today the trail is known as Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook and offers varying sights depending on the season.
Upon reaching the top of the trail Lake Superior was stretched out as far as we could see. This lake is the largest freshwater lake in the world by area. In addition to Lake Superior, we could see Keweenaw Peninsula to the west and Granite Island to the east, a distance of about 60 miles.
Along the trail there are wildflowers, trees and plants most have interpretive signs with descriptions. During our hike we saw no wildlife yet the area woods are loaded with many species.
The trail is a loop trail of about a mile and can be hiked in about twenty minutes or you can take your time, take in the information on native species and just enjoy the woods. Of course this also depends on how much time you spend at the overlook. We could have spent more time just looking out to the water but our picnic lunch was calling. So back down we hiked to the picnic area which also offers restrooms.
After a leisurely lunch and visit with other hikers, we headed off to other adventures.
Sights from the trail:
Information along the way: