The best wildlife viewing of the year – as well as the best scenery – can be found in the fall. The colorful days of autumn, when the oaks, aspens and maples blaze with color, are a magical time for a walk in the woods. However, it’s when the leaves fall from the trees that the wildlife viewing really gets good.
The bare trees and the shrinking vegetation allow hikers to see into the forest, giving them a chance to see wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer and other wildlife. The woods and wetlands are especially peaceful during this time, as well. And, the ground is generally dry and most trails are in top condition. You can’t beat this time of year for a walk in the woods.
Fall brings hunters into the forests, although you probably won’t see them. As a precaution, wear bright colors, such as blaze orange, just to be sure you’re visible.
Get out there this fall for a walk on the wild side on one of Wisconsin’s many trails. Here are some of the best:
The trails on this 280-acre natural area offers a wonderful mix of forests, fields and wetlands.
Hike and enjoy picturesque waterscapes along 13.5 miles of hilly Northwoods trails.
This short but scenic trail runs for 0.75 miles along the Pelican River.
Explore 23 miles of outstanding trails running through one of Wisconsin’s most breathtaking landscapes.