Thomas Rock

Thomas Rock in Big Bay is a great spot for a short hike boasting panoramic views of Lake Superior, lush forests, Big Bay, and on a clear day, the Keweenaw Peninsula. This overlook is accessible and easy to navigate, with railings, benches, and wide paths. Along the way, you’ll find information posts that describe the local plants and wildlife.

An informational sign at Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook

Thomas Rock is located about 30 miles from downtown Marquette. To get there, take County Road 550 north from Marquette for approximately 23 miles. Then turn left onto County Road 510, and in about a mile, the entrance will be on the right. This popular vista point is only minutes from downtown Big Bay.

A man in a wheelchair and a woman looking out at the overlook at Thomas Rock in Big Bay

You can park in the onsite lot and take a short, one-mile, ADA-accessible trail to the overlook. This trail is suitable for all ages and abilities, offering a leisurely stroll with rewarding views. Onsite toilets near the parking lot make it a convenient destination for families and individuals looking for a simple outdoor outing. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash and picked up after.


hiking, dog-friendly, wheelchair accessible

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