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Each year I try and make one new Wisconsin River canoeing trip. Last year it was the Flambeau River in October. I timed it perfectly for fall color. After my trip was over, I was not ready to throw in the towel and head back to Chicago. It was too amazing up here. I extended my trip and headed north to experience Copper Falls State Park fall color. It was definitely worth the extra hour drive north.

Copper Falls State Park fall color

The beauty of Copper Falls State Park fall color hits you as soon as you enter the park on the road

Copper Falls entrance

Copper Falls State Park entrance

Related: Flambeau River canoeing during fall colors

Copper Falls State Park fall color

The most noteworthy draw to the park is of course the waterfall that is the namesake of the park. There is much more to the park than just Copper Falls. There are several other smaller falls, great hiking, an observation tower, and if you come in early October, great fall foliage. My trip occurred the first week of October, which was October 9-11th if you are interested in timing your trip for a similar time. Each fall, Travel Wisconsin has a fall color chart if you can manage planning a trip at the last minute.

Copper Falls Wisconsin

Copper Falls

Doughboys Trail

More falls pictures from the Doughboys Trail

Most of the action at this park takes place at the hiking trail that begins at the end of the park drive. Just drive to the end and park and hike the 1.7 mile Doughboys Trail. Most of the waterfall action is found just off of this trail including Copper Falls and the smaller but scenic Brownstone Falls. The observation tower is a short but uphill jaunt just off the Doughboys Trail.

Brownstone Falls

Scenic Brownstone Falls in Copper Falls State Park

North Country National Scenic Trail

If 1.7 miles is not enough trail for you, don’t sweat it because there are 17 miles of trails in the park. If that is still not enough, the North Country National Scenic Trail bisects the park. This trail will be over 4,600 miles when finished. That should quench your adventurous appetite.

Copper Falls State Park fall color

Copper Falls State Park fall color

North Country National Scenic Trail

North Country National Scenic Trail

I did not have time for 17 miles much less 4,600 when I visited the park; however, I did get off the Doughboys Trail and walk a couple of miles up the North Country Trail. There were tons of people on the falls trail, but I did not see a soul on the North Country Trail. The outfitter I rented the canoe from on the Flambeau suggested I check out the backpacker campsite. I am glad I did because it is beautiful, and I plan to return and camp here someday. Perhaps someday I will do the 4,600 mile trail, and I will camp here.

Related: Hiking the North Country Scenic Trail in Michigan and Wisconsin

Copper Falls backpacking campsite

Great backpacking campsite

North Country National Scenic Trail

North Country National Scenic Trail

Returning the loop

After checking out the backpacking site along the North Country Trail, I doubled back to the Doughboys after taking a picture of the most picturesque toilet ever. I continued to enjoy the fall colors as I looked out over the Bad River, which created the gorgeous gorge. Hiking this trail made me think of the rock group U2 for two reasons as the song Bad is one of their best, and they also made an early album called October.

Fall color toilet

A toilet that looks like it is found in some enchanted Lord of the Rings forest

North Country Scenic Trail fall color

Hiking up the North Country Scenic Trail

Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park

After about three or four hours wandering through a yellow, orange, and red wonderland, I returned to my car and started heading south. Copper Falls State Park is another amazing destination in the great Wisconsin state park system.

Copper Falls trail

The trail up to the observation tower

Copper Falls State Park Wisconsin

On the trail to the observation tower in Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls observation tower view

Best place to view Copper Falls State Park fall color is from the observation tower

Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park

Bad River Wisconsin

More from the Bad River

Bad River

From above the falls and the Bad River

Copper Falls State Park

Back to my car and the parking lot the fall color does not end

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