Vilas County fall color guide

Vilas County fall color guide

Published: September 16, 2016

Peak fall colors are arriving in Vilas County – the ferns are turning a beautiful golden brown and the trees are beginning to show bursts of color. Peak colors will soon arrive and it will be spectacular – ash and birch trees will take on beautiful shades of gold; maple trees  will light up in hues of orange and red.

Here are some ways to enjoy spectacular fall scenery:

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. You can also order a free Vilas County Silent Sport & Water Recreation Map that will help you find great hiking spots across the county. 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.