Let’s look at some attractions and activities you might want to check out here in the Devil’s Lake region over the next few weeks. Some leaves are beginning to change already around the area and according to SmokeyMountains.com, we may be in for a very early peak season. Keep in mind, however, that peak color in our area is usually about mid-October… Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see!
Just a note: There won’t be much in the way of park activities at Devil’s Lake State Park as the park naturalist is on vacation until the 24th. Fall activities & events at the park won’t really kick in until October.
Devil’s Lake Triathalon
OK, so if you want to totally kill the 2017 season, you could take part in The Devil’s Challenge Triathlon! After a 1/4-mile swim in Devil’s Lake, challenge yourself with a hilly 15-mile bike ride through the beautiful Baraboo bluffs and a 5K run through the quiet park roads of Devil’s Lake State Park. Get that information here.
When enjoying fall color hikes you are looking for areas with a mix of the right trees, weather and micro-climates, to produce the most vibrate colors. The Baraboo hills are always tops when it comes to a bright mix of reds and yellows and while anywhere is “good” some locations can be spectacular.
Beyond getting out to hike the trails at Devil’s Lake & Mirror Lake State Parks over the next few weeks, I’d also suggest Baxter’s Hollow State Natural Area. Located on the south face of the Baraboo Hills, flowing stream, and cool valley often combines to make for some great fall scenes. Parfrey’s Glen and Pewit’s Nest can also be pretty amazing during peak season. For information on these as well as other nearby state natural areas go here.
Lastly, if you want to get off-trail to enjoy the deep forest colors, why not book a private autumn Adventure Hiking Tour with us at DevilsLakeAdventureHikes.com. I’ve got a couple awesome “off-the-map” spots I can share with you as well.
There is one clear winner when it comes to biking the autumn colors, it’s the Wisconsin State 400 Trail. The mix of maple, pine, and aspen along the trail make for a great mix of fall color and contrast. Click here for 400 Trail Info. Oh, and did I mention the wildlife?!?!?!?!?
The Baraboo Hills and the “driftless” part of the state make for some spectacular fall color road trips. We have put together a couple of local scenic drives that we’re sure you’ll enjoy. Click here for those suggestions & maps. These are great road bike options as well!
Fall Attractions & Activities
When it comes to autumn, the big attractions, of course, are the orchards, family farms & corn mazes throughout the area. Here in Baraboo, the orchard to visit is the Ski-Hi Fruit Farm just a few minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park. If you’ve not been to Ski-Hi in a few years, it’s time to return. There have been a lot of changes recently including the addition of a petting zoo and new products from our friends at Devil’s Lake Lavender. Yes, you can combine apples and lavender!
If you’re a farm maze maniac, we have to suggestions; The local stop is Leatherberry Acres Sunflower Maze, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch! We’re also partial to Treinen Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch near Lodi. Any excuse to ride the Merrimac Free Ferry!
You might also want to check out Mid-Continent Railway for a Fall Color Train Ride. They are still open weekends and do have some fun fall color events coming up in October.
Big Fall Events
Most of the big autumn events in the Baraboo area are coming up in October including the Fall Fair on the Square in Downtown Baraboo, The Fall Art Tour and more. We’ll catch you up on those when we get closer to October.
Skillet Creek Media Fall Road Trip
The blog is going to get a bit quiet here for the next couple of weeks as we take our annual autumn road trip to visit some of our National Parks. You can follow along if you like on our Facebook or Twitter streams. We expect to be in Theodore Roosevelt National Park by Monday and moving west from there. Of course when we return we’ll be ready to get back into the full Wisconsin fall season swing!
See you soon. Be safe out there!