Fan Favorites: Fall Hiking and Biking

What’s so great about fall hiking and biking in Wisconsin? The views. Set your gaze on the scenic landscapes. Catch a glimpse of wildlife that was once too cluttered by leaves to see.

With scads of trails to trek, we turned to our Facebook community to help us curate a list of the top spots in Wisconsin for fall hiking and biking.

Here’s what we heard:

Perrot State Park in Trempealeau – Michelle D.

Test your skills with some of the most challenging road biking in upper Midwest. Ride miles and miles of paved country backroads or hike up the sky scraping bluffs for the very best view of the Mississippi River. Perrot State Park is near the Great River State Trail, which offers even more miles to tackle. Want to extend your outdoor exploration? Bring a tent and spend the weekend at the park’s campsites.

Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit in Eagle – Walter B.

Kettle Moraine State Forest is impressive in size, with trails upon trails to travel. Its southern unit is comprised of 22,000 acres of hills, kettles, lakes, prairie, and forests. There are a number of public campgrounds to choose from, including Ottawa Lake campground with a cabin especially designed for people with disabilities.

Elroy Sparta State Trail in Kendall – John L.

This state trail is one of the most popular biking destinations in the state. Cruise through the beautiful forests and walk through massive tunnels including one that’s almost three-quarters of a mile long. Make a pit stop at the small towns along the route like Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall, and embrace the bike-friendly atmosphere of each one.

Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau – Jeff S.

This billion-year-old hill with its 60-foot observation tower is the perfect place to catch a view of some of the oldest geological formations on the planet. Whether you’re just getting into hiking, or tackling trails is just your idea of a warm up, Rib Mountain is sure to have a few routes that are perfect for your desired difficulty level. Come back in the winter for downhill skiing and snowshoeing.

Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo – Amanda V.

Wisconsin’s oldest state park is home to breathtaking views year-round. Climb the 500-foot bluffs. Awe at the 360-acre lake. Hike the popular Tumbled Rocks Trail, bike the level and easy Steinke Basin Loop, or try out newest route – the Roznos Meadow Trail – which is part of the 1000-mile Ice Age Trail.

These other fan favorites are worth a visit, too:

Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek – Angie P.

Interstate State Park in St. Croix Falls – Annamarie B.

Horicon Marsh in Horicon – Kim B.

Copper Falls State Park in Mellen – Catharine W.

Quartz Hill in Park Falls – Tamara L.

For the best views, hurry up and hit the trails. Before you know it, they’ll be dusted with snow and you’ll be heading back out to see what they offer in the winter.

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