We might not be well-known for our waterfalls here in Wisconsin, but any local outdoor enthusiast can tell you that when the snow melts in spring, there are many and they are glorious. After a little research (and ample google-mapping) I was so surprised with the number of Wisconsin Hikes with Waterfalls!
Caleb and I were married on the atop the Blackwater Canyon in Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virgina. Blackwater Falls, Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the most photographed sites in West Virginia, so it’s no surprise that I love it there so much! Blackwater Falls is a special place for the entire Davis family because it has been a ritual vacation spot for multiple generations.
The waterfalls throughout Black Water Falls are some of my favorites and I was so sad when we moved to Wisconsin, over 800 miles away from them! But after doing some research, I am so happy that I have found some hikes with waterfalls here in Wisconsin. Surprisingly, some Wisconsin waterfalls range from tumbling rapids to a 165-foot drop!
There’s no better time of year than Spring to get out and explore the natural beauty of Wisconsin. Here’s a look at some of the best, for avid hikers, nature lovers, and anyone in need of some fresh air.
7 Wisconsin Hikes With Waterfalls
Located just seven miles outside of Superior, scenic Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of falls and rapids, hiking trails, campgrounds, and one of six remaining Horton covered bridges. Waterfalls may be viewed from a trail or footbridge, and you might even spot some native Wisconsin wildlife on one of the trails!
2. Copper Falls
Copper Falls State Park, near Mellen, has a variety of trails, and multiple waterfalls. To view the park’s cascading namesake, you’ll choose the aptly named Waterfall trail, which will also take you to Brownstone Falls. If you would like to bring along a furry friend, opt for the dog-friendly Red Granite Falls trail, where you may view the Red Granite Falls on the Bad River.
The upper and lower Potato River Falls in Iron County are viewable by walkways and platforms, and picnic spots are provided. If the stunning 90-foot drop here leaves you wanting more, there are several other falls in the area you may want to check out.
Just north of Pembine, beautiful Long Slide Falls flow over rock formations and may be viewed from Morgan Park. There’s a nearby playground and picnic area, so this is a great option for anyone with kiddos.
Big Manitou Falls is known for an impressive 165 ft. drop—the tallest in Wisconsin, and on par with world-famous Niagara Falls. Make the trip to Pattison State Park, south of Superior, for the falls and gorge.
Head to Cornucopia for a two-mile hike that will bring you to magical Lost Creek Falls. These falls are unique on the list because you can walk behind them, giving you photo ops for days.
7. Willow Falls
Some say Willow Falls in Willow River State Park are the finest of all Wisconsin’s waterfalls, but why not find out for yourself? The falls are wide and accessible by the short, but challenging Willow Falls Gray trail or the one-mile long scenic Blue trail. Here you can even splash around in the pools, so dress appropriately!
Put on your hiking shoes, pack a picnic and grab your camera—the dreamy waterfalls of Wisconsin are calling your name. Happy Hiking!
Looking for more Wisconsin Hikes? I’ve got you covered on one of my most popular blog posts, 10 Best Hiking Trails in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.