Houghton Falls Trail

EASY 26 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
108 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

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wild flowers


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.

28 minutes ago

Beautiful waterfall!

1 month ago

Gorgeous area, short trail, great for a short jaunt through the woods!

7 months ago

Beautiful any time of year

Friday, August 04, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

great rock formations and gorges

Monday, June 22, 2015

Awesome trails with great views!

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

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