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How to see Vilas County’s best fall color


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  • Biking
  • Fall
  • Hiking
  • Scenic Drives

Here are some ways to enjoy spectacular fall scenery in Vilas County this year.

Vilas County fall color guide

Peak colors will soon arrive in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and you don’t want to miss it—ash and birch trees will take on beautiful shades of gold and maple trees  will light up in hues of orange and red.

Here are some ways to enjoy spectacular fall scenery in Vilas County:

Fall hiking

Vilas County is paradise for trail lovers. Take in the autumn splendor on more than 60 designated multi-use trails and explore more than 240,000 acres of public lands. You can find great hikes using the free Map It Vilas County trails app. Some nice places for a fall hike include the Presque Isle Nature Trail, the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area and the Trampers Trails.

Get more fall hiking ideas here.

Fall biking

Fall is also a beautiful time to explore Vilas County on two wheels. Take in the fresh air while your tires roll over newly fallen leaves. Three great easy-riding routes suitable for the whole family include the Three Eagle Trail, the Presque Isle/Winchester Bike Route and the Land O’ Lakes Bike Trail.

Get more Vilas County biking ideas here.

Fall drives

There’s nothing like a relaxing all drive down one of Vilas County’s tranquil roads. One beautiful route to explore is Rustic Road 60. The tranquil 12-mile route will take you through the heart of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. It runs from Cty. Rd. K, south of Boulder Junction, to Cty. Rd. M in Sayner/Star Lake. R-60 passes near old logging camps, hiking trails and an old saw mill.

See more fall drives here.