Pets allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Grandad Bluff Park is a city park located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This park sits atop Grandad Bluff which is the largest bluff in the La Crosse area. This park was first opened in 1912. The park is a major destination for people living in and visiting the Driftless Area. The Driftless Area is a topographical region in the Midwest that was never covered by ice during the last ice age.

The park is easily accessed from La Crosse by taking Bliss Rd up the bluff and turning right on Grandad Bluff Rd. The parking area has room for about 20 cars. There are no fees to park here. This park is best known for its scenic overlooks as it is almost 600 feet higher than the surrounding land. There are two overlooks that provide views of La Crosse and the Mississippi Valley. On a clear day, it is possible to see Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. One of these stunning overlooks also features coin-operated binoculars to enhance your viewing experience.

Grandad Bluff Park also contains educational material. There are multiple signs that provide information about the history of La Crosse and the Driftless Area. In addition to this, there is a plaque explaining the religious history of Grandad Bluff. A statue of Ellen Pennell Hixon also exists within the park. She was known as a conservator of Grandad Bluff and was partially responsible for the creation of the park.

Other amenities of this park include flush toilets and a shelter with two fireplaces. This shelter is available for reservation on the city of La Crosse website. Drinking fountains are also available at the park. There are also multiple hiking trails that exist in the park. Grandad Bluff Park is a must visit for anyone who is visiting La Crosse and the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.

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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic Viewpoint. Educational Information.


Can be crowded.


Historically significant
Big vistas
Flushing toilets
Rental facilities
Covered picnic areas



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