Take a Hike: See Fall Color on a Wisconsin Nature Trail

There’s no better time to enjoy a Wisconsin hiking trail than in fall. If you only have an afternoon to spare, visit one of the state’s many nature centers. A few hours among the rustling leaves and majestic fall colors at a nature center or reserve can be rejuvenating and educational, plus you’re never far from creature comforts like picnic and public rest areas. Sold yet? Here are a few fall hikes to check out:

Wehr Nature Center– Franklin

  • The 200-acre sprawl includes five distinct natural habitats and trails winding around a pond, perfect for bird watching.

River Bend Nature Center– Racine

  • Woodlands, ponds and grassy fields are perfect for hikes and boating.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center– Monona

  • The whole family can explore wetlands and forest in this reserve near Madison.

Beaver Creek Reserve– Fall Creek

  • Hike forests and savanna, and visit the Butterfly House for a colorful show.

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve– Appleton

  • Hike eight miles of trails and check out natural history exhibits.

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary– Sarona

  • Walk by two glacial lakes, and hike 10 miles of trails. Dining and lodging is also available.

Marsh Haven Nature Center– Waupun

  • Located on the northern edge of the Horicon Marsh, you’ll find hiking trails, an observation tower and picnic area.

Timing is everything! Be sure to visit TravelWisconsin.com for the latest fall color report to catch the peak wherever you’ll be hiking. Oh, and pack some binoculars to catch the fall migration of Wisconsin’s indigenous birds. (Trail mix and a water bottle won’t hurt, either.)

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