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U.S. Forest Service

Eastern Region Viewing Area


the Munising Garden. Munising Garden. Photo by Deb Leblanc, Hiawatha National Forest.

bee balm. Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa). Photo by Deb Le Blanc, Hiawatha National Forest.

Munising Ranger District Native Garden

Forest: Hiawatha National Forest

District: Munising Ranger District

Description: The Eastern Region's Hiawatha National Forest is home to many spectacular wildflower viewing opportunities. One is in the heart of the Hiawatha- located at the Munising Ranger District / Hiawatha National Forest Interpretive Office. During the spring and summer months of late May through August, the Munising native plant garden provides visitors spectacular flora displays; an interpretive brochure guides the visitor through the gardens. Peak viewing time is early July when large patches of brilliant gold Coreopsis are in full bloom. There are ample recreational opportunities in the surrounding area as Munising is the home of the stunning Pictured Rocks, 300-foot high sandstone cliffs bordering the Lake Superior coastline from Munising east towards Grand Marias. Please visit!

Directions: Munising, located on the west zone of the Hiawatha National Forest in the central portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is within 45 minutes of Marquette. Take M-28, which runs through the northern portion of the Upper Peninsula to Munising. The Munising gardens are located at the Munising Ranger District's administrative site and surround the parking areas as well as the main building.

Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Hiawatha Mountain National Forest, Munising Ranger District.

Closest Town: Munising, Michigan.