Best Hiking Trails in Copper Falls State Park
Exploring on your own two feet, you'll find amazing views and vistas at every turn throughout Copper Falls State Park. Stunning waterfalls, 1930s log buildings, and wildlife abound on nature hikes in this iconic area.
1. Doughboy's Trail
Accessible from one of the Copper Falls State Park cabins, the best overall hike is Doughboy's. This trail takes you on a 1.7-mi. loop snaking up and around both sides of the Bad River, allowing hikers the most spectacular views of the signature Copper Falls from two different vantage points.
2. Red Granite Falls Trail
A southern loop in the park takes visitors about 2.5 miles to the scenic Red Granite Falls. These falls can better be described as a series of rapids, but they are no less dramatic, and the hike offers a more "off the beaten path" feel.
3. North Country Trail
For a different view of the famous Copper Falls, hop on part of the North Country Trail that runs parallel to the Doughboy's Trail. From here you can also connect to the Civilian Conservation Corps trail that leads to a lookout tower at the highest point.
Best Family Activities in Copper Falls State Park
Whether you're staying in one of the Copper Falls State Park cabins or Copper Falls State Park hotels, you and your family will find loads of activities in and around the area. Just a short drive from the state park are more hiking trails and other adventures calling for your attention.
1. Potato River Falls
After you've had a chance to hike the trails within the park, head to Potato River Falls for more fantastic views. Only 9 miles away, you can fish, climb, and swim here in the summertime as well.
2. Highbridge Hills Sports Complex
A short drive away is the Highbridge Hills Sports Complex where you and the family can play on one of ten 18-hole disc golf courses, challenge each other to a paintball match, or mountain bike or cross country ski on 400 acres of hill country, depending on the season.
3. Art in the Park
If you're at Copper Falls State Park in the autumn, don't miss the Friends of Copper Falls' annual Art in the Park event. There are fun crafts and art exhibits for the whole family, all in the beautiful Copper Falls State Park natural setting.