Piers Gorge & Trail
Near Iron Mountain in the southwestern upper peninsula, the Menominee River defines the Michigan – Wisconsin border and flows through the forests and hills to empty into Green Bay and Lake Michigan. There are loads of picturesque spots, waterfalls and scenic drives all through this part of Michigan. One of the most beautiful places on the entire Menominee River is Piers Gorge. Only a few miles south of Norway, Michigan, the river rips through this gorge producing a spectacular show that is easily accessible to nearly anyone.
The pathway is not improved, but is quite smooth, and easy to follow. As you walk, you are moving upstream, and will reach the first cataract in only a few minutes. The walk along the river brings you to different viewing spots, sometimes above a white water rapids. When you reach the third cataract, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of a wild roaring waterfall, in the distance. There are four different falls or rapids along the pathway. It is easy to forget, that you are only about 8 miles from town, instead of in the middle of some vast unexplored wilderness.
When you reach the third cataract you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of a wild roaring waterfall in the distance. There are four different falls or rapids along the pathway. It is hard to remember that you are only about 8 miles from town instead of in the middle of some vast unexplored wilderness. The gorge is a wild place, but the pathway is an easy walk even in winter.