September 12, 2012

Six Relaxing Fall Walks

It’s time to hit the trail and enjoy the beauty of fall

Fall has many faces. During the first days of fall, when leaves have just a hint of color, we are gently reminded that the end of the summer is near. When the leaves burst into full color, there is a joy you can feel right down to your toes. And, after the leaves are gone, there is a tranquility that permeates the forests and the fields.

This fall, take a walk and experience fall’s many moods. Here are six fall walks you don’t want to miss.

West Bend RiverwalkWest Bend is home to the West Bend Riverwalk, one of the state’s most relaxing strolls. The Riverwalk follows the Milwaukee River for three miles. Along a portion of this paved trail, you’ll find the West Bend Sculpture Walk, which is made up of more than two dozen works of modern sculpture. It’s one of the most interesting walks in Wisconsin.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy’s nature trails in Middleton are one of the best opportunities to see wildlife this fall. The trails wind through 550 acres of forests, fields and wetlands. Bring your binoculars – the birdwatching is outstanding in this urban oasis.

Schmeekle ReserveFor fall color viewing, you can’t beat the Schmeekle Reserve’s nature trail in the Stevens Point Area. The 280-acre reserve offers five miles of trails and boardwalks. The trails connect to the 30.5-mile Green Circle Trail, which allows hikers and bicyclists to circle the Stevens Point Area.

Minutes from Boulder Junction, you’ll find the Fallison Lake Trail, a winding pathway through a beautiful piece of the Northwoods. The trail features interpretive signs to give you insight into the area’s plants and animals. It’s an interesting place for a fall walk.

The Presque Isle Nature Trail in Vilas County is another marked nature trail. You’ll see everything from old-growth forest to forests in their early stages of growth. If you’re feeling adventurous, the trail links to many more miles of trails.

Holmboe Nature TrailIn the Rhinelander Area, one of the best places to hike this fall is the Holmboe Nature Preserve. This one-mile trail runs along the Pelican River and offers some wonderful forest views. It’s a great little trail and one you shouldn’t miss.

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