Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Trail type
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
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The Little Falls Trail is a 0.8-mile-long paved path that runs from the 300 Campground to the Little Falls Dam in Willow River State Park. Willow River State Park is located east of Hudson, Wisconsin. This trail runs near Little Falls Lake which is a 170-acre reservoir of the Willow River.

The trail can be accessed from several locations including the west end of the 300 Campground between sites 362 and 364, the boat launch, the dam, and parking lot serving the nature center and the beach. From the 300 campground the trail has a gradual descent through the woods, losing about 30 feet in elevation. Once reaching the boat launch, the trail provides views of Little Falls Lake. The trail moves away from the lake as it passes by the beach and picnic area. The trail ends by the Little Falls Dam. Fishing is a popular activity from below the dam and from the shore. Panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and northern pike are found in Little Falls Lake. Being paved and quiet, this trail is suitable for almost all abilities. Bikes and roller blades are allowed on the asphalt trail.

The trails in Willow River State Park are designated with different colors; the Little Falls Trail is green. The Little Falls Trail is extremely easy to follow so hikers need not worry about looking at the posts painted green near the top.

Dogs are allowed on the Little Falls Trail but must be kept on a leash that is no longer than 8 feet in length. Since the Willow Falls Trail is located in a state park, a fee must be paid to enter the park. A day use or annual permit can be purchased at the park office.

A map of the hiking trails at Willow River State Park can be found here.



Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

State Park Day-Use Fee

Open Year-round



Easy walk by the lake.


Can be busy.

Trailhead Elevation

790.00 ft (240.79 m)

Highest point

790.00 ft (240.79 m)


ADA accessible
Near lake or river
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Potable water

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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