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Willow River State Park, Hudson

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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  • Found the falls researching things to do around Hudson,WI. On the website it mentions a 1 hour rate -- this is wrong ,there is no 1 hour, only daily and yearly. Buy your pass at the camping entrance g...  read more »
  • This is a simple hike that took me (a non-hiker/slow walker) about 45 minutes one way to get to the falls. The Falls are very pretty and worth the walk. 
  • This was our first time camping at Willow River. We loved how close and easy it was to get to this park from the Twin Cities. The park itself is nice and pretty, lots and lots of hiking. The lake was ...  read more »
  • This place is a great outdoors experience and is truly a sight to see. The falls are amazing, you can walk around in it. I would not recommend it for small children. My sister and I took 2 12 yr old boys, a 6yr old, a 5yr old and a 4yr old and it was too much for the little ones. The big ones did really great and had more fun than they anticipated!
  • Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wisconsin is just a short drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, but it's one of my favorite state parks and the main reason I buy a Wisconsin park sticker each year! Several trails take you to a very scenic and deceptively large waterfall on the Willow River-- it's always fun to see people swimming and cooling off at the base of the falls. The park has excellent campgrounds, a nice beach, nature center, picnicking areas and hiking trails, all within a half-hour drive of the Twin Cities. Bring your camera because the falls are really picturesque!
  • Beautiful falls. Great hiking trails (lots of hills though). Check in was interesting... we were required to list first and last names as well as date of birth for everyone that was staying with us (seemed very strange for a weekend camping trip). There is no lake because it apparently got drained. So don't plan on swimming. The campsite we had had absolutely no tree coverage and it was very difficult to stay cool (we stayed in the 200's campground). There was a gas station not to far down the road which was nice for getting ice and any other supplies needed. If you need too dump trash, there was only one dumpster we could find that was for camper use, that was located by the 100's campground. It's an okay park, but I'd rather spend my money on a nicer park to be honest.
  • Great trails, camping and beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of the Twin Cities, Stillwater and Hudson, WI. This is a nice state park with some great trails - some paved some natural - for wandering or trail running if that's your thing. There is a small series of waterfalls not too far from the park's entrance which are really nice. There is ample parking and camping available. It is a Wisconsin State Park, so if you don't have one of their annual passes, you'll need to pay the daily rate to get in, which is slightly higher for non-residents.
  • Wonderful place to spend a whole day. Lots of camping area. Beautiful waterfall. There is a steep hike while returning from waterfall. Waterfall is stroller accessible.
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