Hike the River Loop at Dells of the Eau Claire

Dells of the Eau Claire River County Park - Search Nearby - Added by Patrick Cole

Explore multiple scenic waterfalls that have carved their way through massive blocks of sandstone. In the warmer months, enjoy a few designated swimming spots along the trail.

Begin at the trailhead either north or south of the river, where parking is offered, and hike down to the river. You should be able to hear the falls. A trail will follow along the river to the west, marked with yellow "River Trail" signs. Follow the river trail down until the footbridge leads across to the other side of the Eau Claire. Along the way are various spots to climb, swim, take pictures, or rest. Follow the trail back to the falls and I recommend walking out onto the islands. Make sure to be cautious if climbing near the falls as the sandstone gets extremely slippery.

Distance

6 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Rock Climbing, Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Very nice

Great park, not too many people. The rocks, river, and the surrounding forest make the atmosphere very much like the north woods.

Gorgeous spot

I came here about 3 years ago and absolutely loved it. I had no idea how many different terrains there were going to be, but was surprised to find rocky cliffs, rushing waterfalls, calm streams, cluttered forests and more. I also went during fall which I HIGHLY recommend doing. Gorgeous colors and setting!

Awesome!

My group and I went cliff jumping here once. In hindsight, don't. It is a beautiful area where you can chill on the rocks and hike around the river

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