Silver Bell Falls
My photo of Silver Ball Falls did not turn out - it was too
dark. I forgot my camera and purchased a disposable camera to
use, and it didn't work as well as my camera.
- Water Source
- Nelson Creek
- 30 foot drop
- 7.5 miles northwest of Chatham
- Take Rock River Road from Chatham
(where M-94 makes a 90 degree turn). Go 3 miles, cross
the Rock River, and go about .1 mile to USFS-2276. Turn
left onto USFS-2276 and go about 3.6 miles to where it
jogs sharply left. Continue straight for .9 miles to an
iron gate which crosses the road. Begin the mile walk at
- Begin the mile walk at the gate.
After about 10 minutes the road forks: follow the right
fork straight ahead, past a small parking area on the
right to where the road turns into a trail. Continue
straight ahead on the trail over 2 culverts to the falls,
about 50 feet farther, on the right.
- Other Information
- I followed the directions in the
Michigan Waterfall book. I wasn't sure along the way if I
was on the right road, but I found the gate, the road
straight ahead, and finally the parking area, so I
continued. The falls were easy to find from the road.
Since it had been so dry this summer, the falls was very
small - barely a trickle. My photo didn't turn out - it
was too dark. I did find another small falls just before
coming to the taller falls, at the spot of the second
culvert. My photo of that falls is barely visible.
- When I stopped my car to get out to
walk to the falls, the bugs were thick flying around the
car. I was hesitant to get out, but did so and quickly
found some ferns to use as a fan to keep the bugs away.
They didn't bite or sting, just flew around my head.
- I had not visited this falls before
because my son had cautioned me about the road without a
4 wheel drive because the road was so bad. However,
because it had been so dry I decided to try it. It was
passable, but a little tricky in spots. I don't think I
would have taken it if it had been wet.
- On the way up Rock River Road after
visiting the falls, I saw a deer along the road. It was a
nice ending to that adventure.
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last updated 28 Jul 2006.
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