The Best Places to Admire Wisconsin Fall Colors

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I've put together some suggestions for the best locations in Wisconsin to see beautiful fall foliage!

Tourists and locals alike will all agree that Fall in Wisconsin is superb! We truly do have some of the best fall foliage in the nation!

Fall features beautiful weather with a cool crispness in the air while leaves change color from green to oranges, yellows, and reds. It’s a great time of year for family gatherings as well! With traditions such as having Hocus Pocus playing at every sleepover, carving pumpkins, and taking daytrips to admire all of the fall colors – many things make fall in Wisconsin truly special!

Wisconsin offers many wonderful settings for fall color sighting. I’ve put together some suggestions for the best locations in Wisconsin and when to visit each one for the best fall colors.

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Best Places to See Wisconsin Fall Colors

Fall Color Peeping Tip! Color progresses from north to south. Generally, northern Wisconsin is at or near peak conditions the last week of September into the second week of October. Southern Wisconsin typically reaches the peak or near peak conditions mid-to-last week in October.

1) Door County, Wisconsin

The 3rd Week of October is the best time to travel to the country. Most visitors favor Skyline Road, Fish Creek, Kangaroo Lake Circle, Baileys Harbor, and Horseshoe Bay Drive. I love going up to Door County for a long weekend getaway.

Door County creates memorable memories for groups and is an excellent place if you’re planning a vacation with friends. It has beautiful spots for fun activities while witnessing fall colors, including apple orchards where you can sample apple pies, pumpkin pie, jams, and jelly.

2) Devil’s Lake State Park – Sauk County, Wisconsin

Devil’s Lake State Park is a trendy place in Wisconsin for those who enjoy fall colors. It offers many different trails that will lead you to some of the best spots for viewing the changing leaves. One of the most notable features is the waterfalls that run through the hills and are an excellent place for photos and recreation during warmer months.

3) Potawatomi State Park – Door County, Wisconsin

Potawatomi State Park is a very scenic park home to four different lakes and many different biking trails. You’ll find the color change from wetland marsh to maple forest, which can only be seen during the fall. The colors change from green leaves into miraculous shades of orange, red, yellow, and gold.

4) Mirror Lake State Park – Sauk County, Wisconsin

Mirror Lake State Park is another scenic park that you’ll find in Wisconsin. The leaves within Mirror Lake State Park change color between September and October. It has many different hiking trails, and while it doesn’t feature the waterfalls that you may see at Devil’s Lake, it still offers an excellent view of changing colors. Your visit will start with a forested area, which will turn into wetlands as you head closer to the bottom of the hill.  Fall color viewing is best at sunset, with the lake reflecting the changing colors and adding an even more scenic quality to your visit.

Address: E10320 Fern Dell Rd – Baraboo, WI 53913

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5) Old Scenic Route Through Washington County near Holy Hill – Washington County, Wisconsin

The 3rd Week of October is the best week for this incredible destination to see peak fall colors. The route is estimated at 115 miles long through 6 Wisconsin Counties, with the Northern end starting at Elkhart Lake, often referred to as Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive.

Address: Holy Hill,1525 Carmel Road

6) Rustic Road 60 – Boulder Junction, Wisconsin

The estimated week to see peak fall colors while driving down Rustic Road 60 is the 2nd week of October. This winding route travels through the Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest. Canopies of coniferous and hardwood trees enhance the scenic beauty of R-60 as it passes near old logging campsites, hiking trails, and an old sawmill located in Star Lake.

Address: County K – Boulder Junction, WI 54512

7) Cathedral Pines State Natural Area – Lakewood, Wisconsin

Located about one and a half hours from Fox Cities, its peak fall colors are at their best on the 2nd Week of October. Be sure to take a break from city life and experience the beauty offered in the colorful woods. The trees here are roughly 150 years old and the canopy is strong, pronounced, and breathtaking.

Address: Cathedral Dr, Lakewood, WI 54138

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8) Pamperin Park – Green Bay, Wisconsin

The 3rd week of October is the week of peak fall colors for pampering parks. Experience the captivating environment as you explore Wisconsin wildlife and enjoy the waterfall at Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. I love this park – the bridge is my favorite part!

Address: 2801 County Rd, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Plan your fall vacation now! I’ve compiled a list of the best places to see colors across the state! Visit them before they’re gone for another year! These are my favorite destinations, but there’s so much more to explore – find inspiration at TravelWisconsin.com on the color map!

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