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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.