Saturday, November 7, 2009
Pattison State Park: Big Falls Trail
With wonderful weather predicted for today, Noelle and I just knew that we had to get outside. Since the deer rifle hunting season started in Minnesota today, we headed east into Wisconsin to a wonderful state park called Pattison State Park. Since we brought Parker with us, our hiking options were limited. We did, however, get to see the two main attractions of the park: Big Manitou Falls and Little Manitou Falls.
We were also able to hike with Parker on the Big Falls Trail which goes past the Big Manitou Falls (fourth tallest waterfall east of the Rockies) and descends a gorge down to pleasant section of the Black River. The river itself is aptly named as it is a dark brown in color due to the water's high tannin content. We enjoyed a few minutes at the edge of the river before returning to the car for a short drive to Little Manitou Falls.