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August 21, 2014

Five Fall Color Hikes

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These trails are perfect for enjoying the autumn hues

When summer gives way to fall and the leaves are set ablaze with color, it’s time to put on your walking shoes and hit the trail. Here are five of the state’s best places for a fall stroll.

Pheasant Branch ConservancyMiddleton

Located in the center of Middleton you’ll find a natural oasis. This 550-acre nature conservancy offers miles of trails, including a 3.5-mile trail that encircles the entire nature area. In addition to fall color, the conservancy offers an opportunity to see migrating birds.

Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest – West Bend

West Bend’s location at the southern end of the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Northern Unit makes it the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the forest’s hills and valleys this fall. The New Fane trail system provides 7.7 miles of scenic walking.

Schmeeckle ReserveStevens Point area

The Schmeeckle Reserve protects 280 acres of woodlands and wetlands. Enjoy a fall hike along five miles of trails through a diverse habitat. See migrating waterfowl on Lake Joanis. Boardwalks lead you over marshes and river-bottom forests.

Holmboe Nature TrailRhinelander

The Holmboe Nature Trail is ideal for people looking for an easy, scenic walk in the woods. The trail runs for just under a mile through old growth forest along the banks of the Pelican River. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer and other creatures that thrive in this protected natural area.

Awassa Nature Trail – Vilas County

At 0.5 miles, the Awassa Nature Trail is the shortest of our five trails. It’s also the easiest to use; the level trail is wheelchair accessible. The mature forest presents a spectacular color show in the fall. It’s a beautiful place to experience the wonder of the fall season.


August 26, 2013

Wild Walks: Four Fantastic Fall Nature Trails

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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:

Schmeeckle ReserveStevens Point

The trails on this 280-acre natural area offers a wonderful mix of forests, fields and wetlands.

Raven Nature Trail – Oneida County

Hike and enjoy picturesque waterscapes along 13.5 miles of hilly Northwoods trails.

Holmboe Nature Trail – Rhinelander

This short but scenic trail runs for 0.75 miles along the Pelican River.

Blue Hills Trail System – Rusk County

Explore 23 miles of outstanding trails running through one of Wisconsin’s most breathtaking landscapes.


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.


July 16, 2012

Six Trails You Might Have Missed

Discover some of Wisconsin’s best late-summer hiking and biking opportunities

Wisconsin is home to hundreds of trails, ranging from half-mile loops to trail systems totaling hundreds of miles. Some are well known, but many are relatively unknown, providing hikers and mountain bikers with an opportunity to find peace and quiet. In no particular order, here are six Wisconsin trails you should ride before summer is through.

Lumberjack Trail – This trail in Boulder Junction is a mountain biker’s dream. The trail is specifically designed for mountain biking and runs for 12 miles through a classic pine forest. Get information on the Lumberjack Trail and other area trails. 

Black River State Forest Trails – Black River Country is home to more than 24 miles of designated mountain biking trails. Riders can expect outstanding wildlife viewing and great scenery as they pedal through the forest. Learn more about the Black River State Forest trails. 

Photo by: Derek Gehrke

Eisenbahn State Trail – The 25-mile Eisenbahn State Trail runs through West Bend. The former railway line cuts its way through a scenic landscape sculpted by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. Find complete Eisenbahn State Trail info.

North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails – This 12-mile hiking and biking trail in Vilas County winds around beautiful lakes and runs along the Manitowish River. Riders will see a variety of woodland habitats. An interpretive trail includes a bog boardwalk. Get a map of the North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails.

Holmboe Nature TrailRhinelander is home to a great little nature trail that runs along the banks of the Pelican River. It’s a great place for a hike, but it’s also an outstanding destination for birdwatching. Learn more about the Holmboe Nature Trail and other trails in the Rhinelander Area.

Wiouwash Trail – Oshkosh sits at the south end of this trail that runs for 22 miles northward to Hortonville. Along the way, the trail follows the edge of Lake Butte des Morts. The trail is level and suitable for riders of all ability levels. Get complete trail info.