Scout Falls on Dead River

a Peshekee waterfall near the head of Dead River

Split channels flowing around the rock formations
  • Small drop between massive rocks
  • More of the upper falls
  • Pleasant footbridge across the Dead River
  • Split channels flowing around the rock formations
  • Thin channel squeezing the river down

Scout Falls is the uppermost drop of the Dead River and is located far above any of today's dams and reservoirs that limit so many of its other waterfalls. It is deep in the Peshekee Highlands, difficult to find and access along winding logging roads that shift and move from one year to the next, though it is right along the North Country Trail. Backpackers probably see it more often on through hikes that people coming in cars. The tall drop pours down a carved basalt channels and zig-zags around the tough rock to form an interesting set of cascades.

Directions

Head north on Huron Bay Grade from US-41 for 4 miles and turn right on Dishno Road. Take the left fork along Dishno at 1.6 miles, which technically turns into Wildcat Creek. Stay on Wildcat Creek for 6 miles, take the right fork, and then continue on for another 2 miles or so. When in doubt on a fork, try to stick to the one that looks the safest. At 2 miles take the left fork and either continue on foot or drive for less than a mile to the old bridge with a swamp to the left. Park near the bridge.

The North Country Trail is on the north side of the bridge. Walk along the road until you see it, then follow it to the right. A wooden footbridge goes over the Dead River and then the trail drops with the water for a short distance before heading into the woods. The falls are right here, right after the footbridge.

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