Brownstone Falls, Wisconsin

Brownstone Falls in June 2009

Brownstone Falls is one of the significant waterfalls you can view on the Doughboy Trail in Copper Falls State Park in Wisconsin. This is probably my favorite of the waterfalls and cascades that are in the park.

Brownstone Falls is pretty easy to access. The trail is level and easy to traverse. The only negative about the trail is how close you can get to the waterfalls. The gorge the falls are found in is surprisingly steep, so it is understandable that you cannot get extremely close to the falls. The only way to view the falls fully is from above. Brownstone Falls has the best view, though it still leads to a deceiving view, as the falls are higher than they appear.


  1. From WI-13 heading north, go to Mellen.
  2. Turn onto WI-169. Go about 1.8 miles north.
  3. Turn left to the entrance to the state park. If you do not have an annual Wisconsin State Parks tag, pay the fee.
  4. Keep heading down the road to the parking area. There will be a little park and a food pavilion.
  5. Start your hike by crossing the bridge across the Bad River. You will come to Copper Falls first, and then Brownstone Falls will be the next on the trail. You can continue on the 1.5 mile round-trip trail to see Tylers Fork Cascades.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 30′
Length of Hike: 1.7 miles round-trip (to see three falls)

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