Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
145.00 ft (44.20 m)
Trail type
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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The Cascade Falls Trail is a three quarter mile long trail that leads to a picturesque multi-tiered waterfall in the Ottawa National Forest near Bergland, Michigan. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but must be on a leash. There are no fees to hike the Cascade Falls Trail.

To reach the trailhead from the town of Bergland, go east on Michigan Highway M-28 for just over a mile. Take a left to head north on County Road 400. County Road 400 is a well-maintained gravel road that can be driven on by any passenger vehicle. Follow County Road 400 for 7.3 miles. Turn right at the Cascade Falls sign which can be found about a third of a mile after crossing Cascade Creek. The parking area is about a quarter mile from the Cascade Falls sign. The parking area is not very large, but this waterfall is not that well-known. Do not rely on Google Maps as it provides incorrect directions stopping at an ATV trail short of Cascade Creek. The Cascade Falls Trail begins near the big, brown Ottawa National Forest sign.

A short distance from the trailhead hikers have the option to take the one-kilometer long Bluff Trail. The Bluff Trail is quite rugged, but leads to some scenic overlooks. The Bluff Trail does rejoin the main trail leading to Cascade Falls. The main trail is a narrow dirt path that has some ups and downs as well as roots to contend with, but is not too difficult. Once reaching the end of the trail, Cascade Falls can be viewed from a number of angles. This multi-tiered waterfall on Cascade Creek is about 20 feet tall. Cascade Creek flows into West Branch Ontonagon River a short distance from the falls.

After viewing Cascade falls, return the way you came or try the challenge of the Bluff Trail.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic waterfall.


Bugs can be an annoyance at times.

Trailhead Elevation

1,142.00 ft (348.08 m)

Highest point

1,202.00 ft (366.37 m)


Near lake or river

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan


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