We’re blessed with a stunning and extensive state park system here in Wisconsin. Every part of the state has state-owned parks, forests and natural areas that that protect the gorgeous natural beauty of the Dairy State. Fall’s a great time to head out and see all the gorgeous changing leaves from these amazing state parks. Here are 12 spots that sport wonderful fall foliage for you to check out this year:
1. Wyalusing State Park - Bagley
This awesome park perched along the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers has cliffs that overlook the valley below and give you awesome panoramic views.
Wyalusing is located on State Park Ln, Bagley, WI 53801.
2. Willow River State Park - Hudson
Over in the northwest corner, Hudson is home to Willow River Park, with its pretty Willow River Falls. This hilly part of the state gives great views of the different trees as they rise up. Located at 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, WI 54016.
3. Brunet Island State Park - Cornell
With all the waterfront on the Chippewa River, you've got great vistas up at the forest and trees. Every campground here has water access and fall means a whole lot less bugs. This is really one of the best places to see in the fall. Located at 23125 255th St, Cornell, WI 54732.
4. High Cliff State Park - Sherwood
The 400-foot bluff on the Niagara Escarpment rises above Lake Winnebago and offers gorgeous sweeping views. Hike down the cliff to get down under the colors for a unique view. Located at N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, WI 54169.
5. Peninsula State Park - Fish Creek
Door County is famous the world over for it's stunning fall color displays and Peninsula State Park is a great place to see them. The white birch offer a brilliant backdrop for the bright leaves. Located at 9462 Shore Rd, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
6. Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - Menomonie
There are miles and miles of hiking trails here and an awesome mix of wetlands, prairie and wooded hills that are home to all kinds of different trees and plants. Plus, the observation tower lets you look out over it all. Located at 740th St, Menomonie, WI 54751.
7. Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo
Home to one of the largest continguous deciduous forests in the country and on what used to be a larger mountain range than the Rockies, the plant life here is varied, abundant and jaw-dropping. Located at S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.
8. Governor Dodge State Park - Dodgeville
Steep hills and deep valleys make this an interesting spot for fall colors. There are so many different vantage points to take in the natural beauty. Located at 4175 WI-23, Dodgeville, WI 53533.
9. Rib Mountain State Park - Wausau
This ski spot is one of the tallest in the area and always gets great color while not making folks travel all the way north to see it. Located at 4200 Park Rd, Wausau, WI 54401.
10. Straight Lake State Park - Luck
Another northwest Wisconsin beauty, the colors here are vibrant and awe-inspiring. Located in Luck, WI.
11. Black River State Forest - Black River Falls
You'll love wandering around this pristine forest up near Eau Claire. Located at W10235 US-12, Black River Falls, WI 54615.
12. Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo
Much the same beauty as Devil's Lake but with the added gorgeous namesake lake to reflect the colors. Located at E10320 Fern Dell Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.