Gorge Falls


Water Source
Black River
Gogebic County, 8-12.5 miles north of Bessemer; 13 miles north of U.S. 2 on County Road 513 (large directional sign)
29 foot width and 24 foot drop
"Brief hiking trails will take you from a paved double-loop parking lot to a series of stairways and observation platforms overlooking beautiful Gorge and Potawatomi Falls. Trail is easy to strenuous (series of steps). Pace youself and avoid overexertion."*
Other Information
"We recommend that you take the trail from Potawatomi Falls parking lot, then walk down along the river as you view the scenic river and falls. Gorge Falls is only a short distance north of Potawatomi Falls. An asphalt surface rail connects the parking area at Gorge Falls to the viewing platform overlooking Potawatomi Falls. A connecting platform provided direct access to the viewing platform to provide people with disabilities a unique opportunity to view one of our areas most beautiful waterfalls. Conglomerate Falls can be hiked to going south (upstream 1/2 mile) via the North Country Scenic trail. Sandstone Falls can also be hiked to going north (downstream 1/2 mile) via the North Country scenic trail. Picnic sites and toilets are available near the parking lots with easy access."*

* From "Black River Harbor", 1992, Ottowa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger District, Bessemer, MI 49911 (906) 667-0261, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Eastern Region, a brochure I picked up at the ranger station.

See also Rainbow Falls, Sandstone Falls, Potawatomi Falls, and Conglomerate Falls. These five falls are all within a few miles of each other along the Black River.

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