Lower Big Garlic Falls on Big Garlic River

sideways slide on one of Huron Mountain's rivers

Sideways slide down the grade
  • First small drop, cluttered with logs
  • Snowy tree hanging over the river
  • Small drop
  • Sideways slide down the grade
  • Boulders, snow, and small drops

Located near County Road 550 though still difficult to reach because of private property, the lower waterfall of the Big Garlic River is a unique drop over dark rocks. There are some upper drops that are small, cluttered cascades, mostly filled with trees and brush. The main drop is the lower one, where the entire river slides sideways down a smooth slab before thundering into a solid rock wall and boiling back on course.

Directions

Access to the lower drops can be a bit tricky. You can try parking on County Road KE, just off of 550 where the it crosses the river, and follow the Big Garlic upstream. This route is kinda-sorta on private property. Otherwise, if you're looking for more of an adventure, bushwhack north from Elliot Donnelly Tract after visting Little Garlic Falls. The cabin to avoid on the Big Garlic is just off of 550.

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  • Renee Wicklund Jan 12, '18 This is all private property.
    • Roman Oct 22, '19 The is not correct, and I see you are the current owner of the 80 acre parcel that encompasses the falls, the Big Garlic River is not private property nor is the waterfall, one can easily wade up the river without trespassing on your land.
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  • James Johnston Jun 9, '19 Ms. Wicklund is correct. All the Big Garlic falls you are advertising are private property. You should kinda-sorta remove each of them from you site.Add to this discussion
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  • Roman Oct 22, '19 The waterfalls are not on private property, the Little Garlic River is a navigable waterway in the state of michigan and as such, it is public property. No one owns the river or the waterfalls along the river, just the property on each side. One can wade up the river quite easily. Don't be a dingus and make things up!
    • Eric Dec 13, '19 Please consider and respect a person's right to privacy. This webpage's directions don't even suggest that you should walk in the river, unless you think follow the river means walk in it. In fact they explicitly acknowledge private property, so please give the property owner a break on her directions comment. It is completely accurate with respect to Jacob's directions, especially the part about bushwhacking north from Little Garlic Falls. These webpages have been civil until now. You're right, you can walk in the river. How many people actually walk only in the river? How would you like strangers walking across your back yard? I don't know the landowner. I don't even live in the U.P. Neither she nor Mr. Johnston deserve to be accused and called names.
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