Houghton Falls Trail

EASY 16 reviews

Houghton Falls Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Washburn, Wisconsin that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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. 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.

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2 months ago

I always take visitors here for an easy and beautiful walk. It's lovely at all times of the year!

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3 months ago

The trailhead isn't marked very well from highway 13. Turn onto Houghton Falls road from 13. The trailhead is half mile on the right. There's an automatic gate that opens and closes at opening and closing times. Don't stay after hours or you're vehicle will be trapped. Nice trail with boardwalks in some areas. Echo Dells is a beautiful canyon about halfway to the lake. It's tempting to climb down in it but park officials ask that we don't, due to foot traffic damaging the ecosystem and ask that you stay on designated trails only.

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4 months ago

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

great rock formations and gorges

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Awesome trails with great views!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

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