Hike to Willow Falls
Wisconsin › Willow Falls
Added by Allison Herreid
A scenic loop with waterfalls and lakeside views. You will see some wildlife and wildflowers.
This trip through Willow River State Park shows off beautiful views of Little Falls Lake and Willow River on your way to the falls. In the spring, wildflowers won't disappoint. An overall scenic and rewarding hike.
- Walking shoes
- Sun protection
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Spring, Summer, Autumn
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Good, casual afternoon
I hiked from the waterfall parking lot to the waterfall and it was a pleasant time. The paved path is pretty steep but not too difficult and the waterfall is absolutely worth it. Take your lunch and enjoy the cool water running over your feet while taking in the rushing water. It's a bit crowded on the weekends but still enjoyable, especially if you can find your own spot in the shade.
If you're are trying to fill the day and don't mind a short hike try driving to the very end of the park to the broken down dam. Then hike along the river for a couple miles until you have to get back onto the trail. Once you're back on the trail you're pretty much at the falls. Don't be confused by the map! There is no longer a lake. I did this hike in both the fall and winter. Obviously be careful by the water. Personally I thought the falls were much cooler in the winter when they were almost frozen over! When I went the first time in the fall my friends and I hung hammocks under the bridge and were able to go under the fall. Definitely worth a trip.
My husband and I found this gem of a park while looking for places to take our engagement photos. The falls are a beautiful backdrop for pictures, as well as a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A great place to visit in the fall with the changing of the leaves!
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