We’re blessed with some pretty gorgeous waterfalls in this state, but not all of them are suitable for a day trip or hanging out. There’s something relaxing and even romantic about a picnic next to one of these awesome feats of nature, so we’ve made a list of some of the best, easiest to get to and most beautiful waterfalls. Next time you’re looking to woo your sweetie, plan a trip to one of these great waterfalls:
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1. Granite Quarry Falls - Montello
These falls are man-made, but were once rapids of the Montello River that were harnessed to power machinery. The granite from this quarry made Grant's Tomb in New York. Sit in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy a cool break away from the city with a picnic here. Located in Downtown Montello, WI 53949
2. Parfrey's Glen - Baraboo
This is the picnic choice if you're looking to be surrounded by people. One of the most popular spots in the state, Parfrey's Glen is gorgeous, though not particularly peaceful. But that might be your thing and if you've never seen Wisconsin's first state natural area, it should really be on your list.
Located on County Road DL, Baraboo, WI 53913.
3. Lost Creek Falls - Cornucopia
Bayfield is known for a lot of things, but few folks know the have not one, but two great waterfalls. You'll need to hike a bit through some forest to reach this falls, so plan your picnic accordingly. But the trek is worth it to find this secluded, gorgeous spot. You can walk behind the waterfall and spend some great, peaceful time away from the hype of the city. Located on Klemik Rd, Cornucopia, WI 54827
4. Upson Falls - Upson
Iron County has many of the state's tallest waterfalls, but Upson Falls are less well-known, making them far less busy than some of the others in the area. They have first-come, first-served campgrounds and are an awesome place to spend a few hours - or the night.
Located in Upson Town Park, Hwy 77, Upson, WI 54534.
5. Dave's Falls - Amberg
There are about a dozen waterfalls in Marinette County, but Dave's is super easy to access, is in a park with tons of amenities and folks can dip their toes in the river, making it a perfect day trip location. Located at State Road 141, Amberg, WI 54102 in Dave's Falls Park.
6. Siskiwit Falls - Cornucopia
These are the other falls near Bayfield; there's a series of gradual slides here that create these falls. Less than a mile later, the river flows into Lake Superior. Take some time away from all the other tourists and find yourself with a calming afternoon by these falls. Located at 22475 State Highway 13, Cornucopia, WI 54827.
7. Cascade Falls - Osceola
This one has a long set of stairs to reach the falls, so keep that in mind when planning who might join you on your picnic. The creek that forms these falls meets up with the St. Croix River not far downstream and your day could include a hike to that point. There are two falls in Osceola and they're likely the reason the city was settled. They supported a mill and a brewery at one point. The falls are situated down in a bit of a valley, so hit the stairs to take it in and then enjoy the park, the bluff-top views and more.
Located in downtown Osceola.
8. Stephens Falls - Dodgeville
Parfrey's Glen is the more well-known falls in this part of the state, but less than an hour away in Governor Dodge State Park is Stephens Falls.
The hike to reach it is just a half-mile. There's a scenic overlook, stone steps and many fewer tourists than you'll find at Parfrey's Glen. Governor Dodge has more than 5,000 acres, so there's so much to see and explore before or after your al fresco lunch by the falls.
Governor Dodge State Park is located at 4175 State Road 23, Dodgeville WI 53533.
9. Kletzsch Park - Glendale
This one might be cheating a bit, but it's a good option for folks in Milwaukee looking for a little nature and relaxation without having to travel. This small damn on the Milwaukee River creates a small falls that brings all the soothing sounds of a waterfall. The park is huge, with a play area, plenty of picnic spots, athletic fields and more to keep your busy. Located at 6560 N Milwaukee River Pkwy, Glendale, WI 53209.