"Friendly and never far from nature" Black River Falls by etfromnc

Black River Falls Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 8 photos

A very friendly town in west central Wisconsin with thousands of acres (Someone said 65,000.) of protected forest all around you, but mostly to the east in the Black River State Forest. There is a paved and lighted walking, jogging, rollerblading trail in the town and the opportunity for outdoor activities is almost unlimited. There are over 30 miles of snowmobiling trails. There are also hiking trails, fishing spots, campgrounds and picnic areas, great canoeing waters. If it happens outdoors, with the possible exception of downhill skiing, you can do it in or near Black River Falls, even go scuba diving in a lake with depths of up to 300 feet. Try the Skyline Golf Course for golf and for some pretty picturesque dining.

Wisconsin Death Trip

Wierd, hunh? This is the title of a book which I have seen but honestly have not read. It was the Ph. D. dissertation for Dr. Mischael Lesy at Rutgers University. It was originally published as a commercial venture in 1973 and has recently been put back into print. (Ask your closest pal Ph. D. how often a dissertation gets published as a hardback book and he will be impressed that this one was even once, let alone twice.) The book was even made into an opera with very limited success and a movie which experienced more approbation. The book is about life in a small upper midwestern town around the turn of the 18th to 19th centuries. There are over 200 photgraphs of the era in the book and those and more are in the Jackson County Historical Museum in Black River Falls.

Interesting Facts about the Area

- The Winnebago Tribe were the earliest inhabitants of this area. The Winnebago Reservation is in Nebraska but many Winnebago (or Ho-Chunk) have returned and now live in the area.
- The lumber for the first Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, IL came from the Black River Falls area.
- Originally settled in 1839.
- Entire town was destroyed by fire in 1860 but quickly rebuilt.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful outdoor activities
  • Cons:It is too far away
  • In a nutshell:Really get back to nature
  • Last visit to Black River Falls: May 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Don't miss visiting The Merchant General Store on Main Street in Downtown Black River Falls, WI. It is in an historic general store building and is like taking a trip back in time. Lots of old candy, glass bottled pop, old time toys, antiques, ice cream a

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    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Funny you said Ho-Chunk. I've been to the casino, didn't think much of it. Interesting about the book though


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