Vibrant fall color at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore speaks volumes.
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Art on the Rocks
Centuries of massive glaciers and battering waves carved the
bedrock into these natural works of art. The name "Pictured Rocks"
comes from the streaks of mineral stain that decorate the face of
the sculpted cliffs. Forty years ago this month, the park became
America's first national lakeshore.
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Examine the stones along Lake Superior's sandy beaches: horn coral,
polished granite, and quartz rounded like eggs.
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Pretty, but Deadly
Red baneberries add sprightly accents to the park's leaf-carpeted
trails. But beware: The plant and its berries are poisonous.
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Lost and Found
Lose yourself in the park's 73,000 acres of blazing foliage.
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Rivers Run Through It
Many rivers crisscross the Upper Peninsula, carrying water (and
brook trout, Michigan's state fish) to Lake Superior.
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The 1874 Au Sable Light still warns mariners of Au Sable Reef.
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Lake Superior encompasses some 32,000 square miles, about the size of Maine. The water would cover the continental United States to a depth of nearly 5 feet.
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The spectacular rock formations and powdery sand at Chapel Beach
make it worth the 6½-mile round-trip hike.