Pattison State ParkTrail descriptions
Pattison State Park has a total of 10 miles of trails, nine miles of which are open to hiking. The Black River begins its winding journey about 22 miles southwest of the park at Black Lake on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. As it passes through Pattison State Park, it drops 31 feet over Little Manitou Falls, forms Interfalls Lake, and then reaches the spectacular Big Manitou Falls. Hike the trails along the Black River for spectacular views of the falls.
Big Manitou Falls overlooks
A pedestrian tunnel takes you from the park's main picnic area under Highway 35 to short trails that give you many views of Big Manitou Falls from both sides of the river. This trail is 0.5 miles long. A self-guiding booklet is available to help you discover more about the geology and history of the falls as you hike.
Big Manitou Falls River trail
This moderately steep wooded trail leads 0.75 miles downhill to the Black River, 0.25 miles downstream of Big Manitou Falls. At the river, the adjacent cliffs give a pronounced view of the Douglas Fault.
Beaver Slide nature trail
This 2-mile trail circles Interfalls Lake. Discover the plants and animals that thrive in the boreal (northern) forest.
Little Manitou Falls trail
This trail continues from Beaver Slide Nature Trail south along the Black River.
Logging Camp trail
This 4.7-mile trail explores the upland hardwood forest and lowland boreal forest, with glimpses of the Black River from overlooks. A spur trail from the Logging Camp Trail leads to three backpack campsites.
Cross-country ski trails
When snow conditions permit, the park maintains three trail loops for cross-country skiing. Trail difficulty levels range from beginner to moderate. The loops begin at the campground.
- Red loop, 2 miles: This beginner-rated trail and can be accessed from the ski trail parking lot in the southwest end of the outside campground loop and offers the flattest terrain.
- Blue loop, 4.5 miles: This trail is more advanced and follows the Black River. It will take you past an old Martin Pattison logging camp site situated along the Black River near Little Manitou Falls. The trail can be accessed from the ski trail parking lot in the southwest end of the outside campground loop and offers several hills.
- Orange loop, 5.5 miles: This is the most advance trail and follows the blue loop for most of the way with a small loop that goes past the ski trail shelter. The trail can be accessed from the ski trail parking lot in the southwest end of the outside campground loop and offers several hills.
Pattison State Park has a number of informal trails available for snowshoeing in winter.