Fall color trails in Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The fall season can be breathtaking in Wisconsin and Hello Wisconsin shared some of the most gorgeous spots to venture out.

Susanne Thiede-Barnet of Wisconsin Travel Best Bets joined Hello Wisconsin to share the details.

Trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest
Northern Unit of Kettle Moraine is located near West Bend, about 45 minutes northwest of Milwaukee
APPROX 3KELLTERS SOUTHEAST OF EAU CLAIRE
You can hike, bike, camp, fish, canoe/kayak
This area was formed by glaciers which changed the landscape adding kettles and eskers, ridges and cliffs
Parnell Tower Loop Trail
o Hiking
o 3.5 mile loop
o Series of steps that lead to the highest point in the forest
o Climb the 60-foot observation tower overlooking the treetops
New Fane Loop System Trails
o Biking
o Four loops of moderately challenging mountain biking trails (5.5 miles total)
o Interconnects with 4 loops of hiking trails (nearly 8 miles)
o Area is thickly forested, skirts a large pond
Need an admission sticker to the park and a trail pass is required for bikers 16 and over
Hiawatha Trail and Bear Skin State Trail
Trails run from Tomahawk (Lincoln County) to Minocqua (Oneida County)
APPROX 2 HOURS NORTHEAST OF EAU CLAIRE
Both trails are former railroads
33 miles to explore
Level, easy trail to hike or bike
Trail passes through fun city parks - great for kids
These counties are FULL of lakes and rivers - you'll cross over water more than a dozen times
Look for herons, wood ducks
Need a trail pass for bikers 16 and over
Schmeeckle (sch-MEEK-lee) Reserve
Located in Stevens Point
APPROX 2 HOURS EAST OF EAU CLAIRE
Several cool trails here
280-acre natural area on the UW-Stevens Point campus
5 miles of trails and boardwalks; mostly designed for walking
Winds through pine forests, meadows, cattail marshes, prairie, oak woodlands and through wetlands
Trail of Reflections
o Short, half-mile loop - but it's wheelchair accessible.
o Includes a reflection pond and a treehouse
o Great spot for wildlife viewing (birds, fox, deer, waterfowl)
Lake Loop Trail
o A one-mile jaunt that loops around Lake Joanis
o Come early to see the fog that forms over the water in the fall - bring your camera!

Blue Hills ATV Trails
Located near Ladysmith
APPROX 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES NORTH OF EAU CLAIRE
If you like to ATV, this is the place to see fall color
24-miles of ATV trails that skirt lakes with lots of terrain changes
Another great place to visit early in the morning - the hills have a bluish color through the morning mist (hence the name " Blue Hills")
ATV trail pass is required
Perrot State Park
Located near Trempealeau, north of La Crosse
APPROX 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES SOUTH OF EAU CLAIRE
Located along the Mississippi River
Can take the Great River Road to get there
12.5 miles of hiking trails here including the Brady's Bluff trail that will take you to the top of the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River Valley.
A good place for a challenging hike - some staircases, narrow passes, steep inclines
Great place for birdwatching during the fall migration
Bring your canoe or kayak and explore the Voyageurs Canoe Trail - paddle Trempealeau Bay the same way French Canadian explorers did in the mid-1600s (canoes/kayaks available for rent at the park)
Need a state park pass to enter



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