Gabbro Falls on Black River

impressive two-tiered drop surrounded by basalt

Upper drop
  • Easy path through the grass
  • Little campsite along the banks
  • River so far down the drop
  • Upper drop
  • Steep rock formations around the falls
  • Two lower drops

As the Black River flows north past Blackjack Ski Resort it tumbles over a substantial outcropping of basalt to form an impressive multi-tiered waterfall. Water pours down into a jagged, offset crack before pooling and twisiting down some lower drops. Due to the offset the waterfall is difficult to view directly, though the roar and mist emanating from the crack is more than enough to make up for the indirect angle.

Directions

Take Blackjack Road north from US-2 (which is located about 3 miles east of Bessemer) for 1.5 miles. There are three cleared routes that cross the road, the last one with powerlines along it. Park at the last one and head left (west) to the river. Follow the loose path downstream to the falls, which should be loud enough to easily draw you out of the woods.

Comments (7)

  • Cathy Albery Sep 26, '16 For some reason no directions can get us to gabbro falls. We met people in another car that also were looking for it with no luck.
    • Jacob P Emerick Oct 3, '16 Ah, that's too bad! The only help I can give is that it's the last (northernmost) of the three clearings that cross the road, about 1.5 miles north of US-2. There's no sign and the path is hard to make out, which makes it a bit tricky to pick out.
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  • Jess Jul 17, '17 To reach the waterfall head north on Blackjack Rd from US 2 in Ramsay. Head north for about 2 miles. Blackjack Rd takes a sharp left and goes over a wooden covered bridge. From this point on the road is gravel. Continue to the left (you are still on Blackjack Rd) and head up the hill. You will be heading roughly south at this point. At the top of the hill there will be some old, run down looking buildings on the right. Turn around, and park opposite the buildings. There are some obvious trails. To reach the top of the falls, head to the right. To reach the base, head straight.
    • Jacob P Emerick Jul 26, '17 Thanks Jess! This must be the west approach, sounds like the trails are much easier to follow.
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  • Trish Strait Jan 21, '18 I think the call confusing part of the directions is when you come to the ski resort go to the left. The road you want is straight ahead next to the brown building. My husband and I were visiting in the winter, this road looks like a snow mobile trail. Once at the top of the hill, the trail is on your left across from the run down looking buildings. The road also says Dead End, and on a side note, the bridge is no longer a covered wood bridge.
    • Jacob P Emerick Jan 22, '18 Thank you for the update, Trish. Personally never approached it from the west so your notes are v helpful :)
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  • Paul Root Feb 12, '18 Up the hill from the ski resort, there is a open sided structure on the right. Basically a roof for storage. The falls are on the left, you can hear it. Small trails lead you to it. It is step to get to the bottom. If you get to a sign that says something like off-road vehicles only at a fork, you have gone too far.Add to this discussion
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