Have you been wearing red, orange, and yellow since the start of August? Is your Halloween costume already planned out? Are you holding a pumpkin spice latte right now? If so, I’ll bet you’re as ready for the upcoming change in seasons as I am! Fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the colorful foliage. This guide to the best fall hikes in Wisconsin can help inspire your next autumn adventure!
Experience the fall colors of the northwoods less than an hour from Milwaukee! The trees and prairie grasses turn golden yellow at Harrington Beach State Park each fall, making it the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons. Hike a loop around the Quarry Lake on a crisp weekend morning and take in the reflection of the fall colors across the water. For more pictures of the park in the fall, view the blog post from my first visit to Harrington Beach State Park. Admission costs $8 per car per day or is free with the purchase of an annual Wisconsin state park sticker.
There is so much to see along the twenty-six mile Lake Shore Path, from views of Geneva Lake to historic mansions. Start early to enjoy the crisp autumn air and beat the crowds. You can hike the entire loop in one day or explore a part of it! If you only have a short time to spend in the area, you’ll want to see these tips for a day trip to Lake Geneva.
Rib Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Wisconsin, making it a truly breathtaking place to experience fall in Wisconsin. Near the end of September, bright-colored trees span as far as the eye can see. The best place in the park to enjoy these views is from the scenic overlook or the chairlift at the adjacent Granite Peak Ski Area. You can see more pictures from my September visit to Wausau. The $8 per car per day admissions fee is also required here if you do not enter the park via chairlift.