Are you ready for some fun ways to enjoy the autumn colors in Wisconsin? Createscape Landscaping Service is wild about the great outdoors. We are your outdoor expert for landscaping design and maintenance and are with you in every season. If you also love to spend time outdoors, we have some suggestions of how you can take in the beauty of fall in Wisconsin. While there are many activities to choose from, here are our top three picks.
Scenic Drives Through the Fall Colors
Wisconsin has some of the best fall colors in the entire Midwest, and one of the best places to see it is just a short drive from Green Bay. Door County is a charming peninsula located at the northeastern tip of Wisconsin and is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Green Bay. Door County is a must-visit location to see the vibrant colors of autumn leaves. At the end of the peninsula take a ferry ride over to Washington Island, the ultimate destination to see fall colors. In the Door County region there are 300 miles of majestic shoreline to explore by car, on foot, or by boat. The area reaches its peak beauty during September and October when you will see vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow, and green coloring the forested shores. To see the leaves up close, visit one of the 5 state parks or 19 county parks. To learn more about what this area offers in autumn, visit www.doorcounty.com.
Scenic Train Rides Through the Fall Colors
The way in which you see the fall colors can make it memorable for a lifetime. Wisconsin has at least five rail lines that create autumn-centered rides during this time of year.
- Mid-Continent Railway – North Freedom: Enjoy a seven-mile journey through rural Sauk County on a steam train.
- Riverside and Great Northern Railway: Ride in open-air cars of a small-sized, kid-friendly steam locomotive through the woods of northern Wisconsin Dells. This train ride passes through scenic canyons and rock cuts along the Dells of the Wisconsin River.
- Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway: Choose from either a longer ride on the Marine line, a shorter ride on the Dresser line, or a themed ride specialized for the fall season. These vintage train car lines run along the St. Croix Riverway.
- Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad – Trego: Take a ride in a restored, self-propelled train car that runs along the Namekagon River in Northwest Wisconsin. Visit a scenic overlook only reachable by train or canoe.
- East Troy Electric Railroad: Enjoy a seven-mile ride through a colorful Wisconsin forest. The rails stop at the Elegant Farmer family orchard for apple picking, a corn maze, hayrides, homemade treats, and more.
For more information about these train rides, visit www.travelwisconsin.com/article/tours/five-scenic-fall-train-rides-in-wisconsin.
Scenic Walks Through the Fall Colors
Did you know that there are plentiful walking and hiking trails in Wisconsin? If you are ready to see the fall colors on foot, then a walking trail is perfect for you! One of the best trail systems is in the Milwaukee area. The Oak Leaf Trail is a multi-use trail system with over 135 miles of trail for cycling, rollerblading, walking, birding, and running around Milwaukee County. Nearly a quarter of the trail hugs the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The trail system is mostly smooth asphalt, with dozens of easily accessed connections that take you just about anywhere in the Milwaukee metro area.
The Oak Leaf Trail is divided into seven main branch lines, as well as two scenic loops and two east-west connectors. The Root River Line is 18.9 miles and runs from Hansen Park in Wauwatosa down to Franklin. The trail follows the Root River parkway for much of the trail. To see a full list of the Oakleaf trail lines in Wisconsin, visit www.county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Parks/Explore/Trails/Oak-Leaf-Trail.
Another great nearby trail is Mallard Lake Trail located in Whitnall Park in Franklin, WI. This 1.4-mile trail is perfect for all ability levels and will take you past some of the prettiest scenery in the state. To see a list of trails in Wisconsin, check out www.alltrails.com/us/wisconsin.
Createscape Is With You In Every Season
We hope you will enjoy taking in the fall colors of Wisconsin, either by car, rail, or foot. At Createscape Landscaping Service, we celebrate the changing of the seasons. Although the temperatures are about to get colder, we provide our landscaping services year-round. Your lawn needs special care to prepare for winter and we offer valuable services such as pruning and clean-up, seasonal planting, mulch, topsoil, aeration, and more. We also continue to design and install hardscaping and landscaping designs throughout the winter months, so you don’t have to wait for warm weather to start an outdoor project. To learn more about our services, visit us at createscapelandscaping.com or call us with your questions at (262) 662-0201.