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Grandad Bluff, La Crosse

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A mesa created by erosion and weathering, Grandad Bluff features expansive views of La Crosse and the surrounding river valley, as well as several hiking trails. The bluff, part of an area formerly quarried for limestone, towers 180 m (590 ft) above the surrounding area. Drive up the winding road to the top and park close to the lookout, where you will find coin-operated binoculars for viewing the town or countryside. Bring a picnic if you like to one of the designated areas. Plan to visit Grandad Bluff and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended La Crosse attractions using our La Crosse trip planner .
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  • If you're in La Crosse you have to visit Grandad's Bluff. It is a beautiful drive up the bluff, especially in the fall. Once you're on the bluff you'll enjoy the awesome views of La Crosse. It's a mus...  more »
  • The view at Grandad Bluff is expansive. It was a much shorter hike than we expected, but it was still a good stretch on a long road trip. On a good fall day you can hear the college band rehearsing --...  more »
  • I was trying to figure out how to get up to the park. Just as the other reviews say it is a great view. There are pay views at the top along with some great story boards on how the park came to be. Th...  more »
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  • Go-To spot when you visit La Crosse! Take some time to walk a few of the trails and spend a moment or two overlooking the city when you make it to the main bluff. There are a few parking areas so you don't have to work very hard to get a GREAT VIEW. Go near the end of the day if you want some beautiful sunset scenes to the west.
  • Grandad Bluff is a beautiful location in La Crosse. I particularly like the ledge/bluff just south of the main point. Great view!
  • Fantastic views! Bathrooms available seasonally. Definitely worth a trip, a short drive from town and a short, easy walk from free parking lot.
  • Absolutely beautiful views! Even the drive up is scenic and curvy.
  • Beautiful location especially for sunset! Highly recommended!!!

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