Copper Falls, Wisconsin

Copper Falls in May 2009

I guess you could say Copper Falls is main attraction in Copper Falls State Park. To start off, it is a beautiful water, and very complex too. The picture here doesn’t do Copper Falls justice, as there are drops and plunges that can be seen at one lookout but not the other.

Copper Falls is disappointing in some ways, too. Because the gorge is rather steep and deeper than expected, the Wisconsin parks has only lookouts to the falls. These lookouts are far above the falls, and so visitors don’t get very close to these falls, taking away some of the fun. Brownstone Falls also ends up having the luck of being the falls in the park with a better view. No matter what, you’ll still get to see three pretty good waterfalls/ cascades in the park.


  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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