The last day of the five-park tour, July 18, took me to two waterfall parks near Superior — Amnicon Falls and Pattison. And they were the first park project hikes with another hiker — niece Julie. Thanks, Julie!
Amnicon Falls is a relatively small (825 acres, 2.75 miles of trails) but beautiful park about 10 miles east of Superior. It’s just off Highway 2, so access is very easy, assuming you’re at the top of the state.
The focus is, of course, the waterfalls. There are three: Upper Falls, Snake Pit Falls and Now and Then Falls. The falls and cascades can all be seen in a three-quarter mile walk along the Amnicon River.
It’s easy hiking among pretty impressive scenery. It really invites just strolling along the trails and enjoying the sounds of the waterfalls. We were at the park at mid-day, and we saw lots of picnickers. On the way to the park from Washburn, we had stopped at Twin Gables in Brule for breakfast with some of my friends from high school. Great visit, and the waitress was right — one plate-sized pancake was plenty. Held me over well past lunch time.
Horton Covered Bridge is near the Upper Falls. So far, it’s the only covered bridge I’ve seen in a Wisconsin State Park. This is park number 18 out of 49 — so I’ve got a ways to go before I’ll know if any of the other parks have covered bridges.
Just in case this is the only one, Julie and I took our time checking it out.
That’s kind of my impression of Amnicon Falls State Park — it’s a place that encourages just taking your time and looking around. Even though we had another park visit on the day’s schedule, we took our time to enjoy Amnicon Falls.