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Water Wonder: Visiting Jackson’s Cascade Falls

When William Sparks of Burrington, England, settled into the mid- Michigan region, he brought with him a vision to create something visitors from around the world could enjoy.

More than 85 years later, Sparks’ initial inspiration has become a spectacle of lights and wonder that serves as a Jackson destination known as the Cascade Falls.

The Cascades are 500 feet long, 64 feet high and 90 feet wide. They include six fountains and 16 falls — including 11 illuminated falls — to build a mesmerizing wave of excitement for all who visit. The waterfall is surrounded by carefully crafted stonework and lush greenery, adding to the charm and tranquility of the surrounding Sparks Foundation County Park at 1528 Kibby Road.

The whole park is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of busy life where you can take a bicycle ride, go jogging or go fishing in one of the ponds. The park hosts a range of events, including concerts and festivals, making it a vibrant hub of activity.

Overall, the Cascades is more than just a park — it’s a place where people can connect with nature, history and community. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or excitement, this iconic attraction leaves a lasting impression on all who explore its grounds.

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