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Tucked away in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Morgan Falls is revered by many as a hidden gem. It is important to note that although this waterfall is not even half the height of the Big Manitou Falls, it is still stunningly beautiful and trendy among the tourists.
This thin waterfall is located at the end of a mile hike that starts from the forest road. The big difference with the Big Manitou waterfall is that there is a small fee to visit the forest within which the waterfall is located.
Morgan Falls: A Hidden Gem
Although the waterfall is remotely located within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, it’s not very difficult to get to it. It is only a round trip hike to the falls, but first one needs to travel on several miles of forest roads.
A Simple Description of Morgan Falls
The waterfall meanders along slowly following a narrow path, and it quietly zig-zags along the many crevices in the rock. The topmost point of the waterfall is not visible in any of the pictures that you may have seen in the travel guides, and it isn’t very easy to gauge the height with naked eyes. It is assumed that the main drop is about 40 ft high and it lands in a small splash pool. The National Forest Service estimates that the height of the falls is around 70 ft, but many independent agencies have listed the height of the falls as 100 ft.
Location of Morgan Falls
Morgan Falls is in a remote location. One can reach this area from Copper Falls State Park on Highway 169 to highway 13. It is quite a long distance even by car, but the journey is worth it because you will get to witness one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing waterfalls in this part of the world. From the parking lot, it will be a mile round trip hike (as discussed), but it is an easy hike for almost everyone.
The waterfall looks elegant in the summer months, but in the winter, it is just a steady trickle of a stream that flows through the frozen falls. If you are looking for a quick scenic jaunt, then Morgan Falls would be the first choice for you.
What are the Recreation Facilities Here?
The authorities had built a campground near the Morgan Falls in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. However, this campground got flooded way back in 1946, and it got closed in 1960 due to over-saturation, and the camping conditions became very unsafe. Today hikers will come across fieldstone fireplaces and a trail that connects the beautiful Morgan Falls with St Peter’s Dome, which is a granite outcrop offering magnificent views of Lake Superior.
It is crucial to note that this 4-mile trail is only recommended for very experienced hikers/adventurers and mainly used for snowshoeing. All these trails are located in a non-motorized area and, of course, the main highlight of this trail is the Morgan Falls.
How Good is the Trail?
Well, there is some good news as Morgan Falls was fully reconstructed in the year 2002, and now it has become accessible to people who have some form of disabilities. The slopes are quite flat, and the length of the trail is fully graveled. On the other hand, the trail to St Peter’s Dome is very rugged, and they’re quite a number of rocks that are exposed and steep climbs. These trails are top-rated among all for snowshoeing.