Black Slate Falls and Quartzite Falls - A Baraga County Waterfall Adventure

Black Slate Falls and Quartzite Falls – A Baraga County Waterfall Adventure

Black Slate Falls Barag Michigan

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provides many chances to see multiple waterfalls on the same river not far from each other, and the beautiful falls on the Slate River known as Black Slate Falls and Quartzite Falls are a great example of that. Both are reached from short trails on either of an old bridge on a logging road. The trail to Black Slate Falls is upstream from the bridge, a short walk over pine needles and packed dirt leads to this view:

Black Slate Falls and Quartzite Falls
By taking the downstream trail, which is wider, smoother and features a makeshift campsite, you reach the beautiful Quartzite Falls, where the river drops over slate rock shelves and into a deeper pool at the base:
Black Slate Falls and Quartzite Falls
I took my water shoes along when we visited for a second time, and found one of several shallow crossing spots to get a better view from the other side. The river isn’t very deep but the rock riverbed can be incredibly slippery, especially below the falls – use caution if you decide to cross.
A look into the riverbed between the two falls, will show the reason for one of their names, as veins of quartzite glitter under the surface in seemingly endless stretches. If you’re heading to Baraga County to visit Baraga State Park, The Shrine of the Snowshoe Priest or Michigan’s Highest Point – Mt. Arvon, take a quick drive out to Skanee and visit two waterfalls while putting in minimal effort!
Quartzite Riverbed Skanee Michigan
Directions: From L’Anse take Main St. out of town, it becomes Skanee Rd. eventually. Go 11 miles out of town, look for Arvon Rd. on the right and turn there. You’re on this road for 3.5-4 miles, looking for a logging road on the left. Shortly after that turn, you should cross the old bridge and park on either side in the turnouts, then follow the trail. According to other directions, the road takes a big turn right and then ends at a slate quarry if you miss the turn onto the logging road.