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Really nice fall hike with my dog. Go there on a weekday in the morning to have the place to yourself and let dog Off-leash. The falls were very nice.

1 month ago

Hard to see all the roots and rocks with the leaves on the ground but a good trail with some nice views.

Made the trek from the boat launch to the falls, 3.6 miles round trip, and did the 178 steps at the falls to the overlook! Absolutely stunning views both of the falls and the overlook!

hiking
2 months ago

We walked this trail on a cold and windy October day. The views of the grey and muddy Mississippi were better from the upper bluff trail. Once you get down below, the trees obscure the views. It had just rained hard, and still the trail was not muddy, but it was difficult to pick out where the rocks and roots were with the leaves covering the trail. On the other hand, every step was a new collage of color. Going down and coming back up we’re decent exercise, but if you’re more interested in views than exercise, stick to the Upper Bluff Trail.

Love that you can be all alone often on this trail, yet right in town! There are great views of the river throughout!

great well kept trail and the overlook shelter is a great place to watch the sunset over Minnnesota's hills. the history of the trail, knowing it was built by young men by hand during the great depression to help support their families make the stone staircases and shelter an engineering marvel

mountain biking
3 months ago

My first IMBA Epic trail and it was great! I tried it out on a fat bike during the summer months and it rode well throughout the trails. The system offers challenging obstacles and beautiful views. Sidewinder is often exposed, which makes it seem more difficult than it is. I would highly recommend this area and you could easily spend a day exploring all it has to offer

hiking
3 months ago

A good moderate trail with cool rocks, nice trees, and good birding opportunities. Lower part can be a little slick in the spring or after rain.

lower part trail is a little slippery.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful! Just a little shorter hike than anticipated and was hoping for something more challenging. Great for a family outing or just to escape to a quiet beautiful place. Bring your swimsuit - you can cool off in the falls or in a couple quiet spots along the river. I’ll be going back for sure!

hiking
4 months ago

Great views! Amazing greenery during summer. Will definitely visit during fall. It’ll surely be more beautiful!

Nice trail, especially for bikers. The directions to the trail head are wrong however. Just google riverside park in Menomonie and you’ll see the registration building and everything. Also, just an FYI bikers are required to buy a pass for the trail (16 and older). Hikers and dog walkers are free.

on Burkhardt Trail

hiking
4 months ago

$13 permit.
Nice walk to the falls. You'll find some scenic overlooks along the way. Pet friendly. Moderate difficulty. But there are options for a higher intensity (uphill and downhill) if you cut through the woods (trail). Follow the signs to historic graveyard for a higher intensity trail.

Parking areas are very small for how popular this trail is. The River Road lot looked to only have 3 spaces. The County A lot had about 30 spaces. We had to turn back unfortunately.

First off, $13 parking fee. The park was under-construction so there were areas of the trail that were inaccessible. The landscape was gorgeous. Didn’t make it to the falls but it seemed busy coming from that direction.

Felt like more of a walk than a hike. Either super sunny or all shade and bugs. Some steep hills which is a good challenge but since it’s all graded felt more like a walk than a hike. The falls were great to see though but PACKED with people swimming and lounging. I’d suggest a weekday.

Ok for a short morning walk the falls are pretty but can be very crowded because there's a parking lot nearby letting people access the falls easily without hiking in.

Great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike over the winter months and it was a decent trail—not at all difficult. The waterfall is gorgeous and I would love to come back in the fall. I think the trails are very well suited to Nordic skiing, which I would also like to come back and do.

mountain biking
5 months ago

This was my first IMBA Epic bike ride and we experimented with Fat bikes for the first time, too. The mountain biking was great and not too, terribly difficult, but offered quite a few challenges with rocks, roots, bridges, and other obstacles. Sidewinder is marked as probably the most difficult of the trails, but it’s not as bad as you might think; the most intimidating part are the steep drop-offs, but they are really not that bad. The trail system is easy to follow and very well marked. Also, the headquarters is really nice! This trail system is definitely worth your time!

This is a great trail in the Wisconsin State Park system! It’s not particularly difficult, but it is mostly uphill. The first portion is forested and the bugs are often atrocious because of the marshy landscape, so make sure to wear big spray. Also, there is a lot of poison ivy, so it’s important to stay on the trails. The second portion goes through a series of goat prairies with beautiful views of the river valley.

It’s perfect to take a hike up with a lunch and sit at the CCC shelter at the top. The hike down is comprised of wooden stairs and a short trail hike, then you have to follow the road along the water toward the park center. This trail is a perfect afternoon hike and offers connection to water trails for kayaking, camping at the Perrot campgrounds, and access to the Trempealeau river bike trail. Make sure to stop at the Trempealeau Hotel for lunch or dinner!

There are a few steep hills but nothing crazy. Mostly out in the open, not a lot of shade and no water sources. Also the drawdown of the lake doesn’t leave you with great water views. But still a good hike.

Moderate loop with a couple of steep sections featuring a fantastic blufftop Mississippi River view. CCC-built shelter sits at vista. Part of the trail looks like it was built by the CCC. Bugs are an issue here, but they are not as bad as they are at some other parks in the region. Overall, Wisconsin is not really known for its hiking, but this is one of the best hikes in Wisconsin.

If you go early in the morning on a weekday, it's very empty and peaceful. The later you go in the day, the more heavy traffic you will see. The waterfall is worth the walk. Beware of snakes, especially if you have little ones walking with you.

LOVE the waterfall and the scenic view points are great, especially the one at the top of the staircase. Easily a favorite and have visited many times.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely a challenge getting up and down the bluffs for a beginner. I would definitely hike it again, though. Hiked it in Keen sandals just fine on a dry day. spectacular views of beautiful Lake Pepin.

Trail is well maintained and even lit in most places. The Pros: the lock bridge is a must see. The rapids are gorgeous and the locks placed on the fence is sentimental. The Ruins are also a must see. The ruins are a bit off the beaten path shortly after the bridge but not difficult to find. The rest of the trail was just ok. Nothing super fancy or truly scenic. I'd recommend playing disc golf on the way. The course is gorgeous! Biking would be amazing.

Beautiful hike on packed gravel trail along a Red Cedar River. About a mile in from the trail head is a large rock wall with water dripping down, nicknamed by locals “The Wall of Tears”

great views from above and below, nice distance and elevation gains

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