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Hot Spots to Explore Fall Colors in the North Woods

The lakes, trails and quaint downtowns of Northwest Wisconsin have started to quiet down in anticipation for fall. A fall vacation to Washburn County means breathing in the crisp fall air, picking out pumpkins, hiking down a trail to enjoy the bright colors of fall, and spending some quiet time on the area rivers and lakes. Here are a few of our favorite stops for enjoying Washburn County this fall.

  1. Rent a canoe or kayak and head out on the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park. This time of year, you’ll feel like you have the river all to yourself. The waters of the Namekagon bring a peace like no other.

  2. Grab your binoculars and trail map to head out on one of the area hiking trails. There’s no better view of the bright fall foliage than along one of our hiking trails in the area – we have nearly one hundred miles worth of trails through the area. If you really want to immerse yourself in the northwoods, visit Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary near Sarona where you’ll find this incredible 600 acre nature reserve with over 13 miles of hiking trails.

  3. Hop on board the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad just north of Spooner to enjoy the fall colors from a historic train. They offer sightseeing train rides which are perfect during the shorter fall days to take in the vibrant colors. The train travels along a portion of the Namekagon River, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  4. Head to The Burch Barn, our local pumpkin patch which is so much more than just a pumpkin patch. Bring the kids (or just let yourself be a kid again) when you careen down the 100 foot gunny sack slide or wander through a good old fashioned corn maze. Just be sure to remember to pick out your pumpkins before you leave, it’s easy to get distracted by all the fun!

  5. Head to the local winery, Clover Meadow in Shell Lake, the only certified organic winery in the midwest. Their beautiful farm setting makes their winery a true gem of the northwoods. In addition to the amazing wine, they also are home to the White Wolf Distillery, specializing in brandy and moonshine infused with apple, blueberry and other flavors.

To plan your fall getaway, visit WashburnCounty.org.

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