Hiking at Governor Dodge

Hiking at Governor Dodge Wisconsin State Park: The Stephens’ Falls and Lost Canyon Trail.

There are many hiking trails at Governor Dodge State Park (park map).  We started Sunday morning by heading down The Stephens’ Falls Trail.  Then we hiked The Lost Canyon Trail.

The Stephens’ Falls Hike:

The Stephens’ Falls Trail is amazing, it is only .5-mile, but there is so much to see.  Most of the trail above the falls is paved, making it very accessible.  There are a couple of nice viewing spots above the falls but the real beauty is down below.

Stephens' Falls Stairs

Stephens’s Falls stone stairs

The stone stairs have a sturdy railing leading down to the Stephens’ Falls.

I thought the view from above was nice, but once I descended the stairs I was amazed by the majesty of this location.  There are some places I feel lighter, fewer worries, this is one of those places.

The ranger point to Stephens’ Falls

There is a small cavern on the left side of the main falls and a massive flat wall of rock to the right.  Everything including the trees in this area is covered in very green moss.

Just a few feet away is much smaller falls, perhaps this shouldn’t be called a falls.  The water is flowing down the side of the hill, so I am taking the liberty and calling this a falls.  The colors of the fall foliage and the recent rains make this a picturesque scene.

The Stephens’ Falls Trail is very short, however, every step is rewarding.  I highly recommend hiking to the end and not missing anything.

The Lost Canyon Hike – 3-mile loop:

When we got to the end of the Stephens’ Falls we continued on to the Lost Canyon Trail.

Wilson Spring House

While following the trail we came across a small offshoot leading to the Wilson Spring House.  I’m not sure if the spring house is always filled with water or if the recent rains have flooded it, either way, it is very interesting.

There is a wide variety of scenery along this trail.  Including some pretty bridges and sandstone bluffs. The trail is not difficult, it is well worth a hike.  Much of the Lost Canyon Trail is wooded with a couple of steeper climbs and descents.

I was amazed at how many different and interesting things there are to see on this hike.  I will definitely be returning in the not so distant future to check out other hiking opportunities at Governor Dodge.

Trail Descriptions

Camping at Governor Dodge

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. 

Thank you for reading!  Have a great day!!

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  1. This makes me want to get out and hike some of our trails, even when it gets cold. Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. That is really excellent. Governor Dodge State Park is awesome and The Stephens’ Falls & Lost Canyon Trail are a must hike. Plus if you go when it’s a little colder there are less people 🙂


  2. My favourite time to hike is in the fall with all the changing leaves. Fall has been a bit late here in Ontario, and after looking at your pictures from your lovely hike, I’m starting to feel a bit impatient for the fall foliage to arrive here. Looks like a nice spot for a hike.


    1. Wisconsin is full blown fall foliage right now. We’ve already had snow flurries, winter is coming 🙂 Thanks for reading


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