Copper Falls at Copper Falls State Park
This attractive northern Wisconsin state park is a little bit off the Lake Superior Circle route, but in our opinion worth the detour. . . particularly in the spring or fall. This value of this detour is further strengthened by the fact you can also take in Potato Falls on the Potato River.
The first hiking trails to the falls were constructed in 1920; Wisconsin established Copper Falls State Park in 1929 and in the 1930s CCC and Works Progress Administration workers completed most of the trails, bridges, and structures of the present day park. Two branches of the Bad River converge in the park and host Copper and Brownstone Falls and the Tyler Forks Cascades.
The 55 unit campground offers nicely spaced wooded sites - including 13 with electric service, showers, and both flush and vault toilets. The is a full service dump station for RV campers. The park offers several nice hiking trails, plus mountain biking and cross country skiing trails. There's an excellent swimming beach on clean, clear spring feed Loon Lake.
1.7 mile hiking trail around Copper and Brownstone Falls
Copper Falls State Park - Mellen, Wisconsin
The Doughboys Waterfalls Hiking and Nature Trail
The main hiking trail provides views of Copper and Brownstone Falls as well scenic vistas overlooking portions of the Bad River and Tyler Forks River.
As the picture to the left and the top of the page illustrates the park's signature Copper Falls splits into two streams of waterfalls. It also drops over two steps. Guard rails and safety measures interfere with seeing a complete view of the falls from any one point.
Here are two views of portions of Copper Falls. You can't fully appreciate Copper Falls until you take the full 1.7 mile hike that allows you to see it from both sides of the river.
The Doughboys trail actually offers a better view Brownstone Falls as it empties into the Bad River only a short distance downstream from Copper Falls.
After the Brownstone Falls scenic lookout the trail descends to a bridge that crosses the Bad River. Here's a colorful view looking upstream.
There are a couple of views of impressive cascades along the Tyler Forks river upstream from Browstone Falls.
Another hiking trail in the park offers views of Red Granite Falls.
Camping, Hiking, and other recreation at Copper Falls State Park
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