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Most Romantic Spot

It’s sunset, you are gazing over the wide expanse of downtown Eau Claire, and your partner leans in for the perfect smooch. All this and more can be found at the center of the High Bridge above the Chippewa River. The bridge is a place for runners, walkers, and lovers alike. Big Falls County Park (600 Big Falls Forest Road) will take couples’ breaths away – quite literally if you are planning a day-long hike! Romance can bloom at this spot all-year-round, with beautiful icicles in the winter and breathtaking greenery in the summer. Nature’s beauty lures couples to Rod & Gun Park (1515 Rod and Gun Park Drive, Eau Claire), a 35-acre park with spring-fed ponds, spots for mid-day picnics, and trails to explore for those seeking adventure. –Evelyn Nelson