One of the best ways to enjoy the fall season in Wisconsin is to simply get outside and explore. Whether that’s through a road trip or an adventurous hike, the state has so many beautiful state parks and communities that boast picturesque fall foliage. Here are some of the best places to see fall leaves on your next autumnal adventure.
Blue Mound State Park
Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin at 1,719 feet of elevation is Blue Mound State Park—one of the most popular destinations in the state and known for its spectacular views along with unique geological features. Fall is visibly abundant in the park all throughout the October and November months. For more information, visit www.dnr.wisconsin.gov.
Holy Hill Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians is a Roman Catholic shrine located in Hubertus and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The name couldn’t be more fitting, because the destination, and its views, are truly ethereal, and look like something straight out of a European fairy tale—especially in the fall. For more information, visit www.holyhill.com.
Perrot State Park
Perrot State Park is a state park located in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers. The 1,270-acre park boasts breathtaking views of steep limestone bluffs and river valleys that are beautiful year round—but are especially unforgettable during the fall and winter months. The state park also has plenty of camping sites and amenities, so those looking for an autumn adventure can truly immerse themselves in the area’s ever-changing fall colors and vibrant hiking trails. For more information, visit www.dnr.wisconsin.gov.
Located in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and just south of Delafield is Lapham Peak—a unit formed almost 10,000 years ago when a glacier still covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak’s glaciated topography is said to provide excellent hiking, backpacking and cross-country coverage on the trails. And those looking to catch an elevated glimpse of the area’s stunning fall scenery can climb a 45-ft. observation tower that’s located atop the highest point in Waukesha County. For more information, visit www.dnr.wisconsin.gov.
Peninsula State Park
Located in Door County, Peninsula State Park is a 3,776-acre Wisconsin state park with eight miles of Green Bay shoreline. The state park is one of Wisconsin’s most beloved destinations, that boasts an estimated one million visitors annually. The area offers extraordinary hiking and biking trails that offer a secluded glimpse of Door County’s vibrant fall foliage and breathtaking waterside views. For more information, visit www.dnr.wisconsin.gov.