The weather has finally cooled off and its time to get out and see the fall colors before the leaves all hit the ground. No need to be a world-class hiker – there are plenty of easy trails and spots all across the state for you to enjoy our gorgeous outdoors. Here are 11 spots with plenty of trees featuring all the best colors to help you be in the fall spirit:
1. High Cliff State Park - Sherwood
The Indian Mound Trail is .6 miles and goes through Indian burial mounds. The Lime Kiln trail is less than a mile and it goes by lime kiln ruins. Located at N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, WI 54169.
2. Perrot State Park - Trempealeau
This state park has 500 foot bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Take the Brady's Bluff Trail, which is only .7 miles but gives you this stunning view pictured here. This bluff raises over 400 miles above the river. Located at 26247 Sullivan Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661.
3. Governor Dodge State Park - Dodgeville
This one can get steep, but it takes you down into the canyon that's fed by Stephen's Falls. The views are breathtaking and it's just three miles long. Located at 4175 Wisconsin 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533.
4. Peninsula State Park - Fish Creek
The Lone Pine Trail is just half mile, and you go up a bluff and through a forested area. The Vita Course trail is a mile, and is relatively flat. Located at 9462 Shore Rd, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
5. Wyalusing State Park - Bagley
There's the incredibly short bluff trail high on the Wisconsin River bluffs that has a flight of stairs leading to Treasure Cave. Old Wagon Trail was originally built to carry wagons from the bluff tops to Walnut Eddy. This heavily-wooded trail ends at the Knob Picnic Shelter overlooking the Wisconsin River. The Mississippi Ridge Trail is less than two miles and follows the top of a bluff. Located at State Park Ln, Bagley, WI 53801.
6. Rib Mountain State Park - Wasau
This park is on top of a hill that is a billion years old. There are almost 12 miles of hiking trails, but you can walk as far or short as you want. Located at 4200 Park Rd, Wausau, WI 54401.
7. Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo
The Ringling Pass is just .3 miles. The Nature Trail is .7 miles. And the Kilbourn Trail is .8 miles and is rather easy to hike. Located at E10320 Fern Dell Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.
8. Horicon Marsh - Horicon
These trails take you through the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. It is home to 300 species of birds. The Indermuehle Island Loop is only .8 miles. Located at N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, WI 53032.
9. Potawatomi State Park -Sturgeon Bay
The Ancient Shore Trail at this park along Sturgeon Bay in Door County is just a half mile long. Perfect for the less experienced folks looking to get out into nature. It also has the Eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail - hike as much or as little of it as you'd like. Located at 740 Park Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 4235.
10. Holy Hill - Hubertus
There's an easy two-mile part of the much larger Ice Age trail that will take you through all the foliage here. Holy Hill is located at 1525 Carmel Rd, Hubertus, WI 53033.
11. Blue Mounds State Park - Blue Mounds
The Willow Springs Trail is two miles long and goes through the forest, past a stand of willows and to a natural spring that flows year round and provided water for the first settlers to the area. Located at 4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517.