Since 1870, Ausable Chasm has thrilled and amazed all who have come to explore. More than 10 million visitors have witnessed what mother nature has provided: a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock! (Ausable Chasm)
William Gilliland may have been the first European to see Ausable Chasm; his journal records his sighting of the chasm in 1765. By the early 1800’s, the surrounding area’s lucrative logging industry launched the chasm’s industrial career when the basin at the chasm was used for dunking logs. Later, iron works also started up near the chasm (Ausable Chasm). Learn more about the Ausable Chasm’s history here.
The industrial days finally came to an end when the nearby nail works closed in the 1890’s (Ausable Chasm). However, the Ausable Chasm’s natural beauty ensured its place as a tourist destination.
Explore Ausable Chasm
A variety of tours above (and inside) the chasm are available to adventurous visitors. You can stroll along the towering cliff walk in the midst of a primeval forest that peers into the chasm from many scenic overlooks and vistas. Or descend 150 feet into the depths of the chasm to walk along the famous Inner Sanctum trail that has amazed guests for 138 years!
Sturdy walkways, bridges and stairs make this adventure possible – a unique experience that is not to be missed!
While inside the chasm, ride the legendary Ausable River with your family in a river raft or choose an inner tube for a one-of-a-kind adventure. (Ausable Chasm)
The chasm has many recreational adventures and tours to choose from! No longer just a summer attraction, the chasm is now offering winter tours as well. There are nearby accommodations, including cabins and campgrounds, if you’re traveling far to visit or wish to have an extended stay.