Horseshoe Falls, Wisconsin

I visited Horseshoe Falls over three years ago, and so some of the details seem a little bit fuzzy.  And yet there’s one thing I do seem to remember…these falls seem very remote.  Maybe not the remotest set of falls I’ve ever driven too, but there is a lot of dirt road driving involved to see the falls.  Luckily these back roads in good enough condition, and wide enough too, that I really didn’t have to many worries.  It just seems like it takes a while to get to the falls.

Horseshoe Falls is not too far south from Eight-Foot FallsTwelve-Foot Falls, and Eighteen-Foot Falls, all of which don’t seem nearly as tall as suggested.  Horseshoe Falls is not particularly tall, maybe 3-4′.  And yet at least it does have a general horseshoe shape, at least if you use imagination!  I’m not sure I would spend any significant time going to visit just this waterfall, but since it’s in the same vicinity as the three other falls, it’s not a bad choice…And it does seem to be just a little bit more peaceful and private than the other falls.

Directions:
1) From US-141 in Wisconsin in Marinette County, take a left on Beecher Lake Rd.
2) Turn on Smeester School Rd.
3) Turn left on Trout Haven Rd.
4) Turn LEFT onto Twelve Foot Falls Road (which Google Maps also calls Smiley Road).
5) Turn left onto County Road 510 and drive for about 0.5 miles to the signed parking area on your left.
6) There is just a short hike to the falls once you arrive at the parking area.

Accessibility: 10/10

Where in the World is Horseshoe Falls?: map

Horseshoe Falls in June 2009

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Eighteen Foot Falls, Wisconsin

When is 18 feet not 18 feet? When it’s a waterfall in Wisconsin. The three waterfalls named 8-Foot, 12-Foot, and 18-Foot falls are all not necessarily the height in their name. Twelve-Foot Falls gets the closest to its name. Now maybe there are some explanations…? It could be that we’re not seeing all of the drops, though I’m not really convinced about that. It could be how long it takes for the falls to drop whatever height they are.

No matter whether it’s 18 feet tall or not, it’s still a pretty little waterfall. It’s an enjoyable hike to the falls, and it’s rather short too. It’s near the other two length falls and Horseshoe Falls, which is not that tall, but does form the shape of a horseshoe. They are all found on very passable dirt roads in rather unexpected places in Wisconsin.

Directions:
1) From US-141 in Wisconsin in Marinette County, take a left on Beecher Lake Rd.
2) Turn on Smeester School Rd.
3) Turn left on Trout Haven Rd.
4) Turn right onto Twelve Foot Falls Road.
5) Instead of turning at the sign for Twelve Foot Falls, keep going for about 1/2 more mile.
6) At the fork in the road, take the right fork.
7) At the first turn, take a right toward the sign for Eighteen Foot Falls. You will end at a dead end parking area which leads quickly to the falls.

Accessibility: 9/10

Where in the World is Eighteen Foot Falls?: map

Eighteen Foot Falls in June 2009

Twelve Foot Falls, Wisconsin

I have commented before on the anomaly that seems to be present with waterfalls that have their height in their names. Often, the actual heights seem to be much lower than the height in the name. Twelve Foot Falls actually seems to be the one where height and the name seem to match. It’s not that tall of a waterfall, but compared to the nearby Eight Foot Falls, this falls is much more exciting!

This falls is one of the cooler falls in the area for another reason. This is the falls that you can get the closest to and interact with. If you look at the picture, there are some kids playing to the left of the crest of the falls. Everybody likes to be able to get closer to waterfalls, so this one wins.

Directions:
1) From US-141 in Wisconsin in Marinette County, take a left on Beecher Lake Rd.
2) Turn on Smeester School Rd.
3) Turn left on Trout Haven Rd.
4) Turn right onto Twelve Foot Falls Road.
5) Signs will lead you to the parking area for 12-Foot Falls. From the parking area, you can see Twelve Foot Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10

Where in the World is Twelve Foot Falls?: map

Twelve Foot Falls in June 2009