Top places for autumn colors in Wisconsin

By Stef Zisovska
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Top places for autumn colors in Wisconsin

Stef Zisovska
 
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Wisconsin is probably the best state in the country if you want to enjoy fall colors. Its woodlands are abundant with maples, birches, and oaks that change their colors magically in autumn. There are numerous state and national parks all over Wisconsin where you can enjoy a golden-yellow weekend. The tranquility of the state’s countryside will help you relax and reflect on your city life. Try to escape your routine at least for a few days and feel the peace of this beautiful state.

Bayfield

Bayfield, Wisconsin seen from the harbor – Author: Dls4832 – CC BY-SA 4.0
Bayfield, Wisconsin seen from the harbor – Author: Dls4832 – CC BY-SA 4.0

Bayfield is a small town on the shore of Lake Superior and a home to active outdoor enthusiasts. If you are a kayaking fan, then this is the right place for you. Come and enjoy the big lake while taking in the colorful surroundings of the nearby hills. Bayfield hosts many cool events including the Apple Fest, the Festival of Arts and Gallery Tour and Bayfield Race Week regatta.

Wildcat Mountain

Just outside one of three railroad tunnels along the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail – Author: Ctchrinthry – CC BY-SA 3.0
Just outside one of three railroad tunnels along the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail – Author: Ctchrinthry – CC BY-SA 3.0

Wild Mountain State Park is a park on the Kickapoo River. It’s open during the whole year, and visitors can go hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Renting a canoe won’t be a problem if you want to explore the area paddling. Also, you can bring your bike and try the Elroy-Sparta trail.

Door County

Cave Point County Park – Author: John Kees – CC BY-SA 3.0
Cave Point County Park – Author: John Kees – CC BY-SA 3.0

The Cape Cod of the Midwest, Door County is an amazingly beautiful area visited mostly by people from Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison. Door County contains various parks including Newport State Park, Ellison Bay, and Peninsula State Park which includes more than 6 miles of Green Bay coastline, Potawatomi State Park along Sturgeon Bay, Rock Island State Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan. Door County is also famous for the 10 lighthouses that were built during the 19th century. Also, the county has a long history of cherry growing, so if you are a cherry fan, start planning your trip.

Rib Mountain

The highest point on Rib Mountain
The highest point on Rib Mountain

Located in Marathon County, Rib Mountain is an extraordinary geological formation more than 1,5 billion years old. Hiking in the state park is one of the favorite activities that people like to do here. Also, before the temperatures drop, there are great boating opportunities on Lake Wausau. From the 60 feet observation tower on top of Rib Mountain, you can take some really cool photos, especially in the autumn months.

High Cliff State Park

Looking west at the southwest corner of Sherwood, Wisconsin and the north tip of Lake Winnebago – Author: self – CC BY-SA 2.5
Looking west at the southwest corner of Sherwood, Wisconsin and the north tip of Lake Winnebago – Author: self – CC BY-SA 2.5

Lake Winnebago is the largest lake completely within Wisconsin, and on its north-eastern shore you can visit High Cliff State Park. As you can tell from the park’s name, the limestone cliffs that sit high above the water are the main attraction here. Besides the great views, there are amazing hiking and biking trails, as well as equestrian trails and rental boats. Along the way to the park, there are plenty of charming towns in case you want to stop for a coffee or a hot chocolate.

Wisconsin River

Boating on the Wisconsin River – Author: Royalbroil – CC BY-SA 2.5
Boating on the Wisconsin River – Author: Royalbroil – CC BY-SA 2.5

The Wisconsin river runs through the whole state of Wisconsin, it’s 430 miles long, and it’s a tributary of the Mississippi river. Meskousing is the river’s first and original name, which was used by the American Indian tribes and it means obscure. You can rent a canoe and go for a paddling weekend where you can see the numerous herons, cranes, and even catch a glimpse of the bald eagles trying to catch their prey on their river. There are many sandbars where you can tie up the canoe and set up a camp.

The state of Wisconsin is probably the best place you can visit in fall. Choose a favorite spot and try to be there by the end of this season. Have fun and good luck!

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