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Step into autumn

Take a stroll onto a golden carpet. Walk beneath a canopy of orange. Step into a wonderland of red. It’s fall in Wisconsin and it’s the perfect time for a stroll – the experience is as vibrant as the foliage. Take a walk along a storied river, or a dense woodland path. Explore outdoor art in the late autumn sun or walk to the still edge of a Northwoods lake. Your feet can take you to some remarkable places and here are five best bets for a fall walk.

Sayner-Star Lake

The Star Lake Nature Trail is located on a peninsula extending out into Star Lake. More than a century ago, it was a pasture used by horses that hauled logs to the nearby Star Lake Mill. Today the site is filled with mature trees and picturesque trails that wind along the shore of Star Lake.

West Bend

Along the Milwaukee River you’ll find the West Bend Riverwalk, a scenic and relaxing stroll. 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.

Stevens Point Area

For fall color viewing, you can’t beat the Schmeeckle Reserve’s nature trail. 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.

Rhinelander Area

In 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.


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

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