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Copper Falls State ParkTrail descriptions

Hiking CCC 692 trail

This 1-mile long trail is a spur off of the Doughboy's trail and leads park visitors to the park's 65 foot observation tower. Views from atop the tower include Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands and the surrounding Penokee Range.

Hiking North Country Trail Doughboys Nature trail

People on trail, looking over fence
The Doughboys' Trail has places for viewing the waterfalls.
DNR Photo

This 1.7-mile trail starts near the concession building and follows the Bad River and Tyler Forks around the scenic heart of the park, Copper and Brownstone falls and the cascades. A half mile is accessible for people with disabilities. The North Country Trail coincides with the east part of the Doughboys' Trail. A portion of this trail is closed during the winter as ice and snow make the rock stairs very slippery. Pets are not allowed on the Doughboys Nature trail.

Cross-country skiing Meadow trail

The Meadow (White) Trail is a 1.6-mile (2.5 km) hiking and skate/classic ski trail. This combination trail was established in 2009 as Copper Falls' first skate trail. This trail can be accessed from the office parking lot and offers relatively flat terrain.

Hiking North Country Trail North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail, part of a hiking trail that eventually will stretch from New York to North Dakota, extends nearly the entire length of Copper Falls State Park, a total of more than four miles. You can pick it up near the entrance station, the group camp, the North Camp area or the picnic area near the concession building.

Cross-country skiing Pipeline trail

The Pipeline (Blue) Trail is a 5-mile (8 km) skate/classic ski trail. This trail can be accessed from either the office parking lot or the ski trail parking lot on the north end of the park and offers challenging terrain.

Hiking Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Red Granite Falls trail

This 2.5-mile trail is in the southern part of the park, beginning at the Loon Lake Beach parking lot, the trail leads to Red Granite Falls on the Bad River. Two loops mean very little retracing of your steps as you hike or snowshoe.

The Red Granite Falls (Red) Trail is a multi-use trail in winter. This trail is routinely rolled for snowshoeing or walking. Skiing is also permitted although the trail is not tracked for this purpose. This is the only winter trail at Copper Falls State Park that is dog friendly, as pets are not allowed on any of the other ski trails.

Hiking Bicycling Cross-country skiing Takesson trails

This two loop, 2.5-mile trail offers scenic views of the Bad River during all seasons. Features hilly terrain through a mature northern hardwood forest. Hiking and bicycling in summer.

In winter, the Takesson trails, Green and Yellow, are groomed for classic skiing. The Takesson trail is one of Copper Falls original classic ski trails that can be accessed from the north ski trail parking. The inner loop at 1.6 miles (2.5 km) is easier to ski than the outer loop’s 2.5-mile (4 km) hilly terrain.

Hiking Bicycling Cross-country skiing Vahtera trails

This two loop, 1.7 mile trail meanders through a mature northern hardwood forest. Features hilly terrain through a mature northern hardwood forest. Hiking and bicycling in summer.

Hiking Snowshoeing Waterfall trail

The Waterfall Trail (Purple loop) is a multi-use trail. It is accessed from the end of the road in the park’s north end. This trail offers access to both Copper Falls and Brownstone Falls. Like the Red Granite Falls Trail, this trail is rolled for snowshoeing and walking. Skiing is permitted but the trail is not tracked. Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Last revised: Wednesday May 10 2017