The Conglomerate Falls Trailhead


Gateway to Conglomerate Falls Natural Area along the Gratiot River, including planned parking area at Conglomerate Falls Lane/Tanskanen Road intersection.

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE CONGLOMERATE FALLS TRAILHEAD


From Houghton/Hancock/Calumet Proceed to Ahmeek (4 miles north of Calumet on US 41) then turn left on Hubbell Street (at the Ahmeek Streetcar Station) and go 2 blocks (the park will be on your left), then turn right on Bollman. After a couple blocks, Bollman turns into Five Mile Point Road. About 2.6 miles after leaving US 41, turn left on South Farmer’s Block Road. Go straight on South FBR for 1.0 miles (it changes names from SFBR to Tanskanen Road at 0.8 miles), then go straight on 1600 Conglomerate Falls Lane (don’t make the 90 degree right turn on Tanskanen Road). The Trailhead parking area is not yet constructed, so for now proceed 1/2 mile to the CF Falls turn around (porta potty located here), park and walk south on the fisherman’s single track to the Conglomerate Hole/Gratiot River.


From Copper Harbor/Eagle River Proceed to Eagle River on M-26. Just south of town, turn right onto Five Mile Point Road, which begins there. Continue on Five Mile Point Road for 9.2 miles, turn right on South Farmer’s Block Road. Go straight on SFBR for 1.0 miles (it changes names from South FBR to Tanskanen Road at 0.8 miles), then go straight on  1600 Conglomerate Falls Lane (don’t make the 90 degree right turn on Tanskanen Road).  The Trailhead parking area is not yet constructed, so for now proceed 1/2 mile to the CF Falls turn around (porta potty located here), park and walk south on the fisherman’s single track to the Conglomerate Hole/Gratiot River.


To visit NWC Conglomerate Falls, follow the directions above, going straight on Conglomerate Falls Lane (don’t turn right at the 90 degree on Tanskanen Road).  The address is 1600 Conglomerate Falls Lane, and the two track leads to a parking area near the falls. Motorized vehicles are allowed on the road only. Please do not drive up to or park at the cabin. If you would like to rent the cabin, please click here.  Please be aware that the first quarter mile of this road is an easement on private property.  Please drive slowly and do not leave the easement.


To visit NWC Seven Mile Point, follow Five Mile Point Road (7.0 miles from Ahmeek, 4.8 miles from Eagle River) and turn west on Sunset Bay Beach Road. After 0.8 miles (at the entrance to Sunset Bay Campground), turn left on Seven Mile Point Road and proceed 1.2 miles to the NWC gate (open weekends noon to sunset, May 15 to October 15). The parking area is located about 300 yards beyond the gate. Please be aware that both Sunset Bay Beach Road and SMP Road are private roads.  Please drive to SMP only during open hours.  Please drive slowly, and be especially cautious around and courteous to the 22 lot owners who have granted the NWC permission to use this road.


To visit NWC Merganser Pond, note that the first 0.6 miles of Sunset Bay Road traverses this natural area.  You may also access MP from several other small unnamed roads off Five Mile Point Road, and from the Copper Country State Forest land on the south side of the west half of the property.  Motor vehicles and deer bow hunting are allowed in the UPLANDS, EAST OF FIVE MILE POINT ROAD ONLY.


The NWC is building a new Trailhead at the beginning/east end of Conglomerate Falls Lane, off of South Farmers Block/Tanskanen Road.


Please contact us (northwoodsconservancy@gmail.com) to volunteer to help lay out and construct the brand new Conglomerate Falls (CF) Trailhead parking area, single track hiking trails, and horse trails.  CF Natural Area has almost 300 acres and 1.3 miles of the river, with some trails on the south side (accessed off of Gratiot River Shortcut Road), so we just need your vision, time, and sweat equity to make this a premier hiking and horse back riding destination!  One of the NWC goals is to find a good river crossing (for people and horses), and link the new trails on the north side to the existing trails on the south side of the river.


See directions below, and see the aerial photos of CF Natural Area HERE.