By Jeniece Smith
Looking to travel somewhere with a view? Wisconsin's highest point – Timms Hill – is clustered in the central part of the state with Rib Mountain and The Highground. Together, these three amazingly scenic overlooks comprise Wisconsin's Hilltop Fall Color Tour loop from Wausau to Ogema to Neillsville.
The panoramic views are lovely any time of the year, but the changing foliage makes autumn an especially spectacular season for hilltop hiking. Linger a little longer near these picture-perfect points with one of these five cabin and cottage rentals along the loop route. Stay in the know about more of Wisconsin's best cabins and cottages by subscribing to our newsletter.
Tucked into a peninsula at the convergence of Lake DuBay and the Little Eau Claire and Wisconsin rivers, this family-owned resort is conveniently close to the starting point of the hilltop color loop and only an hour from the last stop. When you're not on the road, water activities abound on the manmade Lake DuBay.
The half-dozen log cabin rentals – comfortable for couples or a group of up to six – have the perfect balance of rustic charm and modern amenities. Bring your boat along for a spot on the resort's dock!
Just over a mile from the highest point in Wisconsin, this restored farmhouse can be rented out partially or in full for a group of up to nine overnight guests, along with a one-room schoolhouse on the 40-acre property. You'll feel like you have your own personal country spread!
Enjoy the seclusion and hike the private trails, or take the short jaunt to Timms Hill County Park to climb the observation tower for a view that stretches 30 miles into the Wisconsin countryside.
Favor simple lodging options? Stay in a travel trailer for $40 or a rustic log cabin for just $50 at this pet-friendly campground. If you choose to end your excursion at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, you'll have a less-than five-minute drive to this quiet spot in the woods.
Play pool or ping pong, fish or hunt, rent an ATV to ride directly from the campground's connecting trails, or just relax in front of the campfire.
If you'd prefer retiring to your own private riverfront retreat after a day of hilltop touring, this snug escape on the Black River will do the trick! An old-fashioned woodstove heats this fully furnished log cabin, which can sleep up to six people.
Use the firepit overlooking the river, or get out onto the water for fishing or floating. Because the property is located on hundreds of miles of trails, you can ATV or snowmobile right from your door.
Have a bigger group? This huge barn-style lodge sleeps 10 people and has five wooded acres for you to explore, along with a private pond and access to the Black River. Rates for a three-night weekend start at $400, and you can even add on a pontoon boat rental.
Gather everyone around a bonfire after a day of enjoying the great outdoors, or stay inside to play on the pool table or Sega came console, watch Dish TV or pick a movie from the provided DVD collection.
Looking for more fall getaways? Check out our recommendations for scenic drives.