Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway includes loop lengths from three to six miles and is open for hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. An accessible walking trail runs between the falls' overlook area, parking lot and the campground, and family and friends can enjoy a picnic with accessible picnic tables and grills at the overlook. Visitors can access the water using either a recycled plastic decked ramp or a set of tiered rocks. These accessible amenities were paid for by grants from the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund, the Recreation Improvement Fund, and the Recreational Trails Program.
The access routes to the river corridor were the primary feature of this project, and are intended to provide users a choice in how they access the shoreline that fits their ability and desire for adventure. A recycled plastic decked ramp that complies with Americans with Disabilities Act design requirements provides the easiest route of travel to the river. Other access routes utilize natural rock tiers placed to offer a variety of climbing challenges. The upgrades should open up the climbing activity to more users, while armoring the bluff to reduce erosion caused by the heavy foot traffic and weather.
One of the climbing routes provides transfer stations at the top and bottom of the bluff so an individual with mobility impairments may transfer out of their wheelchair to start their climbing challenge. The height of the risers on this route ranges between four to eight inches and has tread smooth and large enough to allow movement between tiers while seated. Steeper inclines and smaller tread surfaces increase the climbing challenge on other routes.
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