If you're looking for some of the best hiking in Wisconsin this fall, these trails won't disappoint! There's truly nothing as beautiful as Wisconsin in the fall. While New England is at the top of many fall foliage bucket lists, you shouldn't be too quick to discount the beauty of the fall colors around our home state! In fact, Wisconsin has earned itself quite the reputation when it comes to fall foliage, with visitors from around the Midwest making the journey each year.
Wisconsin's fall colors will gradually take shape starting in the northernmost counties and working their way south, bringing with them jaw-dropping shades of amber, orange, and crimson. As the colors sweep across the state, it's time to get outside and enjoy some of the outdoors! Fall is also an exciting time of year for Wisconsin Innkeepers, who are eager to share the beauty of our state with their guests, while also sharing the bounty of this traditional harvest season.
There's a reason our collection of Inns are rated as some of the best places to stay in Wisconsin. Find your favorite Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast, and book your fall getaway today.
The Best Hiking in Wisconsin This Fall
There is some truly great hiking in Wisconsin, much of which can be enjoyed year-round. In the spring and early summer, these hiking trails are bursting with wildflowers. Come fall, the wildflower blooms give way to fall colors. But in the winter, an entirely new experience can be had on these trails, which are often accessible by snowshoe and/or cross country skiing.
Some of the best hiking in Wisconsin is found at State Parks, of which there are 43 (66 if you count State Recreation areas!). These trails are great, of course, but often our Innkeepers know of lesser-known but still equally as impressive trails. Our Wisconsin Innkeepers truly are the best resource when it comes to knowing their local area - we always recommend asking them for their favorites!
We've compiled a list of what we consider to be some of the best hiking in Wisconsin - it's a great place to start planning your fall adventure! Each of these hikes will lead the way to some truly spectacular fall foliage and will showcase the very best of Wisconsin. Keep an eye on the fall color tracker to plan your trip, and otherwise enjoy these incredible hikes!
- The Kettle Moraine State Forest, just north of Milwaukee, is home to some of the best hiking in Wisconsin. Head to this area, and try the Parnell Tower Loop in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. This hike won't disappoint. This loop takes you to a 60-foot observation tower that gives you a breathtaking 360-degree view from the top. You can hook up with even more trails in the area if you want more hiking opportunities.
- Door County is another great place for some of the best hiking in Wisconsin. The Sentinel Trail at Peninsula State Park is a great place to see Door County's exceptional foliage. This hike is on the easier side and provides a nice two-mile loop through stands of maple, beech, and pine trees.
- Head to Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien, where you'll find the Sand Cave Trail and Little Sand Cave Loop, both of which offer beautiful views of the Wisconsin River below, surrounded by the glorious hues of autumn.
- The Old Settlers Trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park near Sparta offers exceptional views of Wisconsin's Driftless Area and its unique topography in the fall.
- Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo, perhaps one of the most popular state parks, is home to some of the best hiking in Wisconsin, especially during these beautiful months of fall. One of our favorites is the East bluff Trail, which offers inspiring views of the lake below, all surrounded by the brilliance of fall foliage.
- There aren't that many high points in Wisconsin from which to enjoy broad fall views. One such place is Timm's Hill in Ogema, which also happens to be the highest point in the state of Wisconsin. The view is breathtaking just about any time of year, but it is absolutely magical in the fall.
- Another place with delightful views is Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, home to the famed Granite Peak Ski Area. You can even take a chair lift ride to the top in the fall if you aren't up for the hike.
- Though it's a bit more difficult, the Perrot Ridge Trail at Perrot State Park near Trempealeau easily ranks as some of the best hiking in Wisconsin.
- If you haven't yet seen the St. Croix River in the fall, now is the time. It's simply amazing. A great place to experience all this area has to offer is Interstate State Park near St. Croix Falls. Here, you'll enjoy great views of the Dalles of the St. Croix.
- Escape the urban center of Madison for the day, and enjoy nature at the UW Madison Arboretum! It's absolutely beautiful in the fall and includes a variety of habitats, including restored prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. There are 17 miles of easy trails in the area, too.
The Best Places to Stay in Wisconsin This Fall
September and October are the perfect months to visit a Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. where you'll enjoy all things fall. Yes, you'll likely discover some of the best hiking in Wisconsin, but there's so much more to fall than just hiking. Crisp, cool fall breezes race through the air, vibrantly colored leaves blanket the ground, and the scents of fall, with their delicious notes of pumpkin spice and apple pie, permeate the air. It all serves its purpose; to beckon us into the outdoors before the long days of winter ensue, to dress in warm layers, and savor it all under a pile under cozy blankets at your favorite Inn.
This fall, we invite you not just to enjoy some of the best hiking in Wisconsin, but to experience the best places to stay in Wisconsin. Here, you'll find unbeatable hospitality. Let us take care of you this fall. Book direct at one of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts today!