Wisconsin’s fall colors are amazing and Devil’s Lake State Park is one of the best places in the state to enjoy the full “Colorama” experience! In fact, practically anywhere is the Baraboo hills area is just amazing!
In our area, we expect to see leaves beginning to change sometime in mid to late September with peak color around mid-October. Of course, so many factors enter into when peak color arrives that your best option is to check our blog regularly when the time comes or TravelWisconsin.com’s Fall Color Report. While not always accurate for our area, the state’s report does give you an idea of when to start paying attention. You may also want to check out this Fall Foliage Prediction Map as well.
Where to look at Devil’s Lake State Park
Fall colors come on first on Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore. Usually the beautiful maples around the north shore parking lot change first, then slowly color will fill in around the north shore picnic area. Then as the season progresses, the East Bluff Woods & East Bluff trails will provide amazing colors, followed closely by the West Bluff. Lastly the south bluff will change, however, there are no trails on the south bluff. Click here for park map.
Where to look in the Baraboo Hills
Once the color starts coming on, the best places to go see fall color is on the many country roads that travel through the hills. We’ve put together a couple of nice scenic drives which are especially nice during peak color. CLICK HERE for that information including maps. We also recommend 2 local state natural areas; Pewit’s Nest & Parfrey’s Glen, both are total knockouts in peak color! In addition to those stops, Baxter’s Hollow State Natural Area & Durward’s Glen Retreat are also worthwhile visits for fall more amazing colors and photo ops.
Biking The Color
Of course our scenic drives can be biked as well, however our recommendation for a fall color family bike ride is the 400 State Bike trail just 20 minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park with the trail head in the town of Reedsburg. There’s nothing like riding these reclaimed railroad beds through the colorful countryside on a cool, crisp fall day!
The Friends of Mirror Lake State Park host a fantastic family mystery hike event each autumn. This year’s Mirror Lake State Park Mystery Hike will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm. Mark your calendars for this one! An easy 1 mile trail lit by torches and filled with clues for kids of all ages to guess the year’s mystery animal. When you are not out on the trail you can enjoy some time around the bonfires along with some food and beverages that the Friends will have for sale as a fundraiser.
Devil’s Lake State Park’s Halloween hike is also on October 21st 6 pm to 8:30 pm. You can go on a 1 mile torch lit hike. Show off your costume, sit by the fire, roast marshmallows while signing along with Campfire Kevin. Purchase snacks and learn all about snakes! This is a free event, but you will need to have a parking sticker on your car.
More Fall Color Photos
For more fall color photos from our area check out our Fall Colors Pinterest Board right here.