Hiking Dells Of The Eau Claire River

Hiking Dells Of The Eau Claire River:

I decided I wanted to go somewhere new for our hike on Sunday.  I have been compiling a list of hiking trails throughout Wisconsin that we have not yet hiked, a lot of them I didn’t even know existed.  Hiking Dells Of The Eau Claire River has been at the top of my list for a while.

I wanted my daughters to go since this was going to be a bit of road trip and we hadn’t been here before.  Plus I really enjoy having the whole family out together.  We packed up the car early Sunday morning and headed off for a day of hiking at the Dells of the Eau Claire River.

It was going to be a cold day with a high of 23º so everyone was going to have to bundle up.  It’s not fun if someone isn’t dressed properly for the weather or the hike.  After we dressed appropriately for the cold weather, we were on our way.

When taking long car rides I like to listen to an audio-book on audible to help the time go by faster.

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Dells of The Eau Claire River waterfalls

Getting on the Trail:

As soon as we arrived everyone was ready to get out and stretch their legs.  We got the car parked and headed for the river.  Good news for us we were able to get on a trail right next to the water, we hiked the trail that followed along the river.

dells of the Eau Claire river waterfalls

Hiking Dells of The Eau Claire River has a lot of variety to offer.  Beautiful views of the river, wonderful bridges, and a lot of interesting rock formations.

dells of the Eau Claire river rocks

This was an interesting find, with a little off-trail exploration you can locate a couple of great nooks and crannies.

dells of the Eau Claire river high bridge

The High Bridge:

The high bridge was fantastic.  I am not sure where my obsession with bridges came from.  But I really like photographing them as you can tell if you have read my post, McGilvray “7 bridges” hike or my Baxter’s Hollow hike.

dells of the Eau Claire river high bridge side

Hiking at the Dells Of The Eau Claire River was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

dells of the Eau Claire riverThe view from the high bridge down the river was magnificent.

dells of the Eau Claire river shelter

After we crossed the high bridge and we were on the other side of the river we spotted this shelter that we hadn’t seen, it wasn’t visible when on the trail.  Make sure to explore along the way.

I was disappointed in the amount of graffiti found around the Dells Of The Eau Claire River.

I highly recommend hiking Dells Of The Eau Claire River Wisconsin State Natural Area.  There are many trails there including a segment of the Ice Age Trail.

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External Links:

County Park & Trails Map

DNR – Dells Of The Eau Claire River

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. Beautiful photos. It is a shame when you find a beautiful spot but it’s been spoiled by graffiti.


    1. I completely agree, I’m not sure why some people feel the need to leave their mark on things. Thank you for reading 🙂


  2. Brrr. That looks cold!

    Great photos 👌


    1. Yes very cold, not so bad if you bundle up 🙂


  3. Very nice shot of the high bridge with the snow…hiking in the winter does offer a few more challenges, but there are a lot less bugs, 🙂




    1. Great way to look at the bright side of winter, the mosquitos of summer are awful. I love how everything looks so clean with the fresh snow falls. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.


  4. Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Thank you 🤗


  5. Nice post and great pictures! One of these days we will get up there, but probably not in the snow. We southerners are wimps when it comes to cold weather! LOL.


    1. I agree about the Wisconsin winters being hard. I usually hang out indoors during the winter but it is such a beautiful time of year I hate to lock myself away. This year I am going to try snowshoeing to get outdoors. Thank you for reading 🙂


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