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Pictured Rocks National Seashore

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Miners Castle - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Multicolored sandstone cliffs, some reaching 200 feet above Lake Superior, Miners Castle - Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Munising, Michigan gave inspiration for the name of Pictured Rocks at the national lake-shore. The "painted rocks", made up of 520 million year old Cambrian sandstone, come in green, white, ochre, tan and brown. Covering nearly 40 miles of Michigan shoreline, the lakeshore park stretches along Lake Superior from Munising to Grand Marais.
   Visitors find this 70,000 acre preserve an exciting area for rustic back-country camping, backpacking and hiking trips. Grand Portal Point - Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Melstrand, Michigan Others look toward relaxation along the park's pristine beaches. Those interested in driving the length of the park on H-58 should be aware that the road is dirt and gravel for half the distance, making for a long drive.
   Pictured here is Miners Castle, one of the most famous landmarks along the shoreline drive. Many of the sandstone outcroppings create an opportunity for waterfalls, with seven named falls within the park. The cliffs at Pictured Rocks are better viewed from the water, with boat tours offered daily from Memorial Day through mid-October.

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