Eleven places and ways to enjoy fall color in Wisconsin
In the fall, Wisconsin is awash in brilliant color. The mix of forests, farms and lakes makes the state ideal for enjoying fall scenery. But beware: the autumn display only lasts a few weeks. So, when you see the leaves in your neighborhood begin to show signs of color, don’t dally. Head to Wisconsin for the fall color show! Here are some of the best places to view the fall transformation. Aboard the Wilderness Queen, Rhinelander – A boat trip from Wisconsin River Cruises is the perfect way to experience fall in the Northwoods. Cruises are offered throughout the fall. Learn more. Bicycle trails in Boulder Junction – If you’re going to go biking this fall, Boulder Junction is your best bet. The community’s biking trail system winds through some of the most breathtaking forests you’ll find anywhere. A favorite excursion is from Boulder Junction to beautiful Crystal Lake near Sayner. Learn more.
Black River, Onalaska – Set high on a bluff above Onalaska, Greens Coulee Park offers you some of the best scenic vistas in the region. Trails run throughout the park, giving you a number of excellent vantage points. Don’t miss this fall color hotspot. Learn more. Kettle Moraine State Forest, West Bend – This 30,000-acre state forest located north of West Bend offers a landscape of rolling hills, scattered woodlands and small lakes. It’s absolutely stunning in the fall. Learn more. Ledge Park, Horicon, Dodge County – The Niagara Escarpment is a geological feature that stretches across the northern U.S. and Canada. The escarpment makes its appearance in Dodge County at Ledge Park. In the fall, it is a great place to view the surrounding countryside and the Horicon Marsh. Learn more. Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton – This conservancy in the heart of Middleton protects 550 acres of wetlands, woodlands and prairies. During the fall, it dazzles with color as well as numerous species of birds that use the conservancy as a resting place on their trip south for the winter. Learn more. Schlect Trail, Minocqua, Oneida County – Take a quiet walk in the woods along this set of trail loops near Minocqua. In addition to colorful foliage, you’ll have a chance to see some of the abundant wildlife, from white-tailed deer to ruffed grouse. Learn more.