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classic tour

Recommended for familes!*

Follow the scenic trails through the oldest natural attraction in the United States to view unique rock formations such as Elephant’s Head, Column Rock, Hyde’s Cave & Jacob’s Well.  You'll want to have your camera with you as you explore the stunning depths of the Chasm on the Inner Sanctum Trail where breathtaking views from natural stone walkways are found around every turn.  Our many bridges, stairs and vistas make this unique adventure an amazing experience!    

After a minimum one mile walk** you’ll board a raft and float through the narrowest and deepest region of Ausable Chasm.  Experienced and knowledgeable guides navigate the rafts between the towering cliffs of the Grand Flume, past the Broken Needle and around the Whirlpool Basin while discussing the geology and history of the chasm.  The rapids found mid-way through the float tour are a visitor favorite!

Following the float tour guests have several options: explore the Rim Trail for true birds-eye views of the chasm, meander through two smaller "dry" chasms on the Dry Chasm Trails, or simply hop aboard one of our trolley's for a quick and easy return to the Welcome Center.

In the Welcome Center visitors will find a cafe with a wide assortment of lunch items, ice cream and snacks as well as a large gift shop loaded with a variety of gifts, t-shirts, souvenirs and more!  


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Visitors looking for a more thrilling adventure will want to check out the new Adventure Trail.  This unique family-friendly experience consists of cable bridges, cargo net climb, edge walks and more.  Criss-cross over the Ausable River from one wall of the chasm to the other on the various elements while exploring a region that is not accessible on any other tour or trail.  Adding the Adventure Trail to the Classic Tour creates an unforgettable experience you will not find anywhere else!                       

No reservations required

Some restrictions apply, please view the Adventure Trail page for more details.

Admission Info

Avoid the crowds: The float tours are very popular midday during summer.  We advise our guests who have limited time to arrive as early in the day as possible to avoid a possible wait for the optional float tour portion of your visit.  Due to  the fact that reservations are not possible, wait times of up to an hour can occur between 12PM and 2pm.  We feel the experience is worth the wait, but for guests who don't have ample time, arriving early is strongly advised.

*float tour portion suitable for guests 30 lbs. and up (approx 2-years and up).  Additional restrictions may apply during periods of high water (river flooding).

** approx. five miles of trails total

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