As we say goodbye to another Labor Day, and what was for many is the last official weekend of summer celebrations, we can somewhat reluctantly welcome the start of fall. The hillsides above Wausau are already showing hints of their colorful autumnal hues, which means now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to this incredible Wisconsin town. As the air begins to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. You won’t have to go far to see the finest fall foliage the Midwest has to offer, as Mother Nature unfolds her annual show of color starting in the north, and creeping further south throughout the season. We have a few great ideas to make this fall foliage season one you’ll never forget. But first, you need to book your room at our luxury Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. Rooms will fill up fast during peak fall foliage season, so don’t wait!
Viewing the Best Fall Foliage in Wisconsin
Seeing peak fall foliage in Wausau can be a truly breathtaking experience. The peak season typically stretches from mid-September through late-October, but can vary depending on the weather. The best way to get those panoramic fall views is to take a hike, but it’s certainly not your only option to enjoy the magic of fall. There are a full range of fall-themed activities to enjoy in Wausau, and we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites for you below.
- Rib Mountain State Park, home to the popular Granite Peak Ski Area during the winter, is also an incredible place to see fall foliage at its peak. It is the third-highest point in Wisconsin, offering one of the best views of fall foliage around. Granite Peak Ski Area also offers a fall chairlift ride to the top, so visitors can still enjoy the changing trees below without the necessity of a hike.
- Nine-Mile Forest Recreation Area has over 30 miles worth of trails to explore, all of which are beautiful during the fall.
- The Dells of Eau Claire County Park are magical during peak fall foliage season. Multiple bridges cross the river, offering incredible scenic overlooks.
- Take a scenic drive, and take in the fall colors from the comfort of your car. One of the best drives in the area is along Highway 107, between Merrill and Tomahawk. The trip is approximately 30 miles long and meanders alongside the Wisconsin River, allowing for breathtaking views as you go.
- The River Walk, a paved path along the Wisconsin River, follows the whitewater course to Oak Island Park. Cross the bridge, and you’ll find yourself on the heavily wooded shoreline of Fern Island Park, which has an excellent trail system worth exploring this fall.
- Spend an afternoon birding at Bluegill Bay Park, and relish the fall colors while you’re there.
Fall Events in Wausau
The gorgeous colors aren’t the only reason to visit Wausau this fall. There are plenty of great events coming up, too, and you’ll want to make sure you have reservations for these early!
- The annual Birds in Art Exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum opens September 7th, and will be on display through November 25, 2018.
- The annual Beer & Bacon Fest, on September 22, 2018.
- Harvest Fest on October 6, 2018.
We’ve already begun celebrating fall at the Stewart Inn, and there are delicious fall treats coming out of our kitchen as well. Beyond relishing the gorgeous hues of fall, there’s plenty to do in the Wausau area. Book your stay with us today, and start planning your fall getaway to this incredible gem of a town.