Houghton Falls Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Houghton Falls Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Washburn, WI that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.0 miles 100 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Houghton Falls trail ends at the dramatic sandstone cliffs on the clear waters of Lake Superior, with breathtaking views of the Apostle Islands. A beach at the base of the cliff ends a scenic wooded trail with waterfalls and a spectacular glen cut through pink sandstone with lush growth of hemlock. The 76-acre Houghton Falls Natural Area is a landmark along the Lake Superior shore. The dramatic sandstone cliffs extend into the clear waters of Lake Superior, affording breathtaking views of the Apostle Islands. A beach at the base of the rocky cliff provides an ideal refuge for kayakers and waders. A stream meanders through hemlock, cedar, spruce, tamarack, birch, and maple, cascading over the exposed sandstone before descending over 60 feet into a rippled sandy cove at Lake Superior. Upstream(and also on the property) is Echo Dells, a series of watercarved rock cliffs and caves interspersed with small waterfalls and a forested footpath. Over 2,230 feet of Lake Superior coastline and 2,305 feet of stream are included in the Houghton Falls Natural Area. Houghton Falls Natural Area is located one mile north of the historic coastal city of Washburn in Bayfield County. This site is important in maintaining the Lakes water quality, enhancing the existing high-quality habitat for many species of wildlife, and preserving the historic significance of the site as a landmark attracting people who enjoy its scenic beauty and clear waters. Located just one mile north of the historic coastal city of Washburn, Houghton Falls also abounds with wildlife. A majestic white pine holds a Bald eagle nest and occasional calls from the Common Loon are heard echoing across the lake. The gray wolf, black bear, mink, bobcat, mink and whitetailed deer utilize this habitat for part or all of their lifecycle. Houghton Point extends into Lake Superior as a distinguishing feature on the property, and has long-served as a destination for Native Americans, early European explorers and fur-traders, and later, tourists traveling the railroad north to Lake Superior. For at least three centuries, this point of land in Chequamegon Bay has stood as a landmark attracting people who enjoy its scenic beauty and clear waters.

2 months ago

3 months ago

great rock formations and gorges

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome trails with great views!

2 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

beautiful views at the end. well marked, through the thick pine trees, along a creek, end at the huge rocks along the lakeside