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Willow Falls and Nelson Farm Trail Loop

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Willow River State Park

Willow Falls and Nelson Farm Trail Loop is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hudson, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 347 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Cross country skiing Fishing Hiking Walking Running Forest Lake River Waterfall Wildlife
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PLEASE NOTE: As of May 26, 2020, users have reported that Wisconsin is not doing day passes currently, only annual passes that you have to buy online beforehand, so some pre planning is required. The overlook above the falls is closed seemingly for repair. Nelson Farm trail is a point to point trail in Willow River State Park. This trail is demanding in some parts with hills that are fairly steep. It is on the North side of Willow River and goes from near the waterfalls to the Bridge on the West side of the park. A wide graveled trail that is well maintained.

Willow River State Park.

North of Hudson WI On US 12

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YoungJoon Choi
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Great trail

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Justin Taylor
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Sara Deterville
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Kim Venuta
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HikingGreat!

Great hike - lots of ups & downs- prairie lands & tree lined- near the lake. Beautiful fall day. Trail is sandy at parts, but some asphalt at the beginning. Beautiful falls in the middle of the hike.

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Shelly Magnuson
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HikingGreat!

Nice wide trails with nice elevation. Falls are beautiful.

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Chris Karow
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Leisa Sunier
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started by the beach/picnic area. starts out really hilly if you go opposite of the falls. fairly easy walk back from the falls. overall a decent hike

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Keira Skenandore
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Bradley White
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Carl Denys
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Hiking

Great hike, despite very crowded around falls

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Derek Turner
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Crowded for a 10am hike on a Saturday but still great fun

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Nikki Watermolen
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Briana Cooney
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HikingFee

There were a ton of people at the falls, but once we got past the falls, there were only some small groups here and there. Nice trail and it took us about 2.5 hours. WI parks are only doing annual fees to park right now. You have to purchase online or call (we did it in the parking lot before our hike because we didn’t know).

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Micah Emmel-Duke
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Alyssa Kraft
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My boyfriend and I decided to walk from the beach to the falls (about 2 mi each way). for the most part the walk was paved and only had a few steep inclines. The falls were magnificent. You are able to go behind the falls and sit if you wish. I had tons of fun just sitting in the water and relaxing after a humid walk.

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Dana Mueller
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Ed B
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The trail to the dam area is currently closed. The waterfall is very cool.

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Sara Hodge
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Beautiful falls and great scenery changes, but trail is way over developed. Park staff drive cars up and down trails. feels like you're hiking on a road the entire time, because you are. Still worth hiking though.

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Maithong Perez
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Very clean, beautiful trails. I hiked along the river to the beac area. There’s really private shaded camping grounds too. The waterfall is really awesome, folks were crossing over on parts of the pool, I wasn’t brave enough. I highly recommend it.

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Kirstin Barker
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We did this hike on Saturday and when you enter the park they give you a piece of paper of the website you need to purchase for the annual pass. Pretty easy to do on your phone and just write the order confirmation number on the sheet they give you and leave on your dashboard. This hike was really enjoyable. There was multiple hills to go up, but very doable. We started around 11 am and there was hardly anyone on the trails, but once you got to the waterfalls it was packed with people. Might need to plan to go early morning to avoid the crowds. Though overall very fun hike.

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M B
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Wisconsin is not doing day passes currently, only annual passes that you have to buy online beforehand, so some pre planning is required. This was an enjoyable hike, the perfect length, secluded and the different terrains kept it interesting. The falls are definitely a highlight but also where it was most crowded. If you start this trail clockwise you’ll hit the falls pretty quickly into the hike and will encounter steep uphill climbs. Depending how tough you want your hike you can choose your starting direction. The inclines are slippery due to very loose gravel, shoes with good traction recommended. The overlook above the falls was closed seemingly for repair, sad we missed the views which are supposed to stunning. Will be back for sure!

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Samantha Thompson
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Great trail that’s surprisingly a bit challenging! The falls were absolutely beautiful and there was a nice mix of woods/fields throughout.

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Sarah Saddler
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Great trail- secluded, diverse scenery, semi steep hills

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Katie Nye
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Linda Maus
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What a fantastic find! This trail is wide and mostly gravel and in some spots grass. We got there at 9:00am on a Wednesday and parked at Nature Center. The path is easy and the main attraction was the water fall about 1/4 way in to the hike. Wow! Spectacular! The hike then continues through woods, pine forests, meadows. I’d say the only thing making it moderate is some uphills but nothing crazy. Go early! Maybe passed 4 people the whole time. Highly recommend for a 3 hour hike!

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Kaitlyn Dotson
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Great trail! Some wider trials but options for off trail foot paths and hills. A few sections of the main trail are pavement or pebbles but the majority is dirt and grass. The waterfall is beautiful and the rest of the wooded & plains areas are too. It was free due to COVID and more crowded than we would have liked but less crowded away from the falls. Some of the parking lots were closed.

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Tracy Jean
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The farmer trail was not busy. Got there about 1130 am. Just busy around the falls. Dry and easy to hike.

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Cassidy Nelson
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Overall a fantastic trail. Great area by the falls to take in the beauty. Trail was very beautiful and lots too see. Would recommend this trail to everyone.

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