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!
The Classic Tour "PLUS"...
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.
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