One of my favorite places to see waterfalls in northwest Wisconsin is Amnicon Falls State Park. Located 15 miles east of Superior, Wisconsin near Lake Superior, it is one of the easiest places to visit waterfalls on the Lake Superior Waterfall Tour.
This is a small park, with only 2.4 miles of hiking trails. The best part of the trail, a 1/4 mile easy loop, is right off the parking lot. This is where you will find four named waterfalls, three smaller unnamed falls and a historic bridge. None of these waterfalls are very large but they are all very picturesque. The park is small enough to see the highlights in under an hour; but, if you are a true waterfall lover, bring your lunch, you could easily spend most of a day.
The road into the park follows along the side of the Amnicon River. You can see the Upper Falls right from the parking lot.
The main drop of the Upper Falls is only about 15 feet. I have never been here in the heat of summer, but I've been told that you can swim in the plunge pool if the water is calm and that it's possible to swim behind this waterfall.
Horton Covered Bridge is how you cross the Amnicon River to the island. This bridge provides spectacular views of the Upper Falls from below and the Lower Falls from above.
The Horton Bridge is a historically significant bridge to the state of Wisconsin. Charles Horton from La Crosse, Wisconisn, is the original patent holder for the bowstring bridge design. There are only five other surviving Horton bridges in the area.
Built around 1899, this bridge is 55 feet long. It was originally a highway bridge that crossed the Amnicon River not far from the park. The bridge was moved to the park in 1930 to preserve it and placed over the Lower Amnicon Falls. It is now only used for foot traffic. The cover was added in 1939.
Lower Falls is one of the more impressive falls in the park. It is really more of a slide than a falls, it only drops about 15 feet and is around 30 feet in length. It's not the height that is important here, but the amazing circular shape and details of the rock walls on either side of the falls. I also love how the water swirls, following the wall before it follows the river off to the right.
The Amnicon River splits into two flows at this unnamed drop as the river forks off to the right creating the small island in the center.
Snake Pit Falls is somewhere around a 25 foot drop. This falls is located more to the backside of the island. There is a sign but you will have to explore a bit more to find it.
Now and Then Falls, a more seasonal waterfall dries up from time to time. Start walking toward the bathrooms in the parking lot and turn right, you'll walk straight to this falls.
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Amnicon Falls State Park is located at 4279 S County Road U, South Range, WI 54874.
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