North WI Hiking

Camping at Copper Falls

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Camping at Copper Falls:

Copper Falls WI State Park has a backpacking site that I covet.  It has to be reserved months in advance.  They also have four tent campsites that are very nice and set back from the road.

We made our reservation last minute, three days in advance. There were only two RV sites available and just for one night.

We stayed at site #28 which is intended for an RV.

I will happily take an RV site and consider myself lucky because even though it might be “offseason” and it is the middle of September, the campground books steadily.

The weather for Saturday was a gorgeous 80° during the day.  Excellent temperature takes an evening hike. And a low of 60° at night, perfect for sleeping.

Copper Falls State Park Camp Site 28

The next logical thing to do after camp is set up, take a hike.

Last time we camped at Copper Falls we had our dogs along, and dogs are not allowed on the Doughboys’ Trail, so we headed there first.

Copper Falls Wisconsin State Park Doughboy Trail

The red that you can see to the right of the picture is basalt.  Basalt is the result of layers of ancient lava flowing through the land.

Copper Falls Wisconsin State Park Doughboy Trail

The Doughboys’ Trail is a 1.7-mile hike that begins with a bridge that crosses over the Bad River.  Then a stairway leads to the head of the trail for Copper and Brownstone Falls.

Copper Falls Doughboy Trail

Bad River Gorge:

Bad River Gorge occurred because of shifts in the earth’s crust that created faults.  Faults are lines of weakness that make it easier for the river to cut down on the earth’s surface.

Brownstone Falls 2Brownstone Falls is just a short distance from there and then on to the stairs.

Copper Falls Doughboy Trail Long Stairs

Stairs to the Devil’s Gate:

An outcropping of conglomerate rock also formed from lava.  Over the bridge that crosses the Bad River.  Then back up the stairs, you go.

At least you are working off the ice cream you will have later at the snack shack at the end of the trail.  Yes, there is a nice little concession stand at the trailhead, that I know happens to have ice cream. 

Copper Falls Doughboy Trail Bench

Need to take a break from all those stairs? Is the weather making a turn for the worse?  Take a rest on one of the two large benches with roofs over them.

Copper Falls Tyler Forks Cascade

Once your blood pressure has gone back down.  You are ready to get back to the hike.  You will come across a wooden walkway leading out to two observation decks for the Tyler Forks Cascades.

Copper Falls Wisconsin State ParkCopper Falls:

Copper Falls name came from the copper color of the water.  The water is copper colored from the tannin that comes from a particular tree’s decaying and leaching into the water.

The trail was built in the early 1920s by The Doughboys’ – The Veterans of WWI and is an absolute must hike.

Just not with your dogs because they are not allowed on this trail.

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External Links:

DNR

Park Map

Map & Directions to Park


When spending time outdoors always be respectful of nature, use common sense and please follow any posted rules.

Always give more than you take and leave no trace. 


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