The Best Fall Hikes in Wisconsin

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 season as I am!

Autumn is the perfect time to take a hike and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. I’m sharing three great places in Wisconsin for fall hiking, foliage, and more to help you make the most of this year’s spooky season!

The Road to Harrington Beach State Park in the Fall

Experience the fall colors of the northwoods just a short drive north 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 fall morning and take in the reflection of the 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.

At the Black Point Estate along Geneva Lake in Wisconsin

There is so much to see along the Lake Shore Path‘s 20+ mile loop, from lake views to historic mansions. Start early to enjoy the crisp autumn air and beat the crowds. You can even take breaks to warm up at one of the many restaurants around the lake! If you only have a short time to spend in the area, you’ll want to see these tips for a quick trip to Lake Geneva.

At Rib Mountain State Park in Marathon County Wisconsin

Rib Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Wisconsin, making it a truly breathtaking place to take in Central Wisconsin’s fall landscape. 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.

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Looking for more places to visit in autumn? Rhinelander and Jackson County are great destinations for a fall weekend getaway in Wisconsin.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Katy F.

    What neat places to hike along with great views!

    1. chelseyknuth

      The views definitely add to the hiking experience!

  2. Chrysa

    That view at Rib Mountain is gorgeous!

    1. chelseyknuth

      One of my favorites in Wisconsin!

  3. Tonya Wilhelm

    Beautiful photos. I’ve been around the Wisconsin/Minnesota border, but have not explored the area. I’ve saved this post for future inspiration, thank you!

    1. chelseyknuth

      The WI/MN border area is actually one of the few places in Wisconsin I have yet to really explore. How you’re able to visit SE Wisconsin soon!

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