Scenic Fall Drives: Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads

A Wisconsin road trip is a great idea any time of year, but in the fall it’s simply irresistible. And with roughly 46% of Wisconsin covered by woods, it’s the perfect time to hop in the car and take a front row seat to Mother Nature.

In 1973, Wisconsin established the Rustic Roads program. Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads are designated as such for their outstanding natural features as well as for being lightly traveled. Each has a maximum speed limit of 45 mph, and most connect with main roads at both ends making it great for viewing the colors. The roads are scattered throughout the state and are identified by a unique brown and yellow sign.

Worried about gas prices? With over 100 designated Rustic Roads, chances are there’s one near you. You can download a guide to Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website. Each route is named by the letter “R” followed by a number. Oh, and before you go, be sure to check out our latest Fall Color Report to see where the colors are peaking around the state.

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