Potawatomi Falls on Black River

imperfect twin of Great Conglomerate

Looking down on the giant Potawatomi Falls
  • Nice trail and riverside railings
  • Looking down on the giant Potawatomi Falls
  • Distant view back to the large falls

A short distance below Great Conglomerate Falls is an awkward duplicate: Potawatomi Falls. Like it's twin, Potawatomi is a split drop over a dome of conglomerate rock that creates two tall, curving waterfalls. However, this one is not split evenly. Much of the water is pushed to the eastern bank by an uneven riverbed to create a wide and multi-tiered drop. A few small streams converge for the other side and make for a smaller, but more direct, plunge.

Directions

Head up the scenic Route 513 from Bessemer and, about 10 miles past Big Powderhorn, there will be a drive to the right for Potawatomi and Gorge Falls. Turn here and park at the parking lot. Follow the trail to the river, watching for signs for Potawatomi Falls, and you may need to go down toward Gorge Falls along the boardwalks a short distance to get a good viewing of this drop.

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