Fall Color Peeping: Local Scenic Drives

The crackling of a bonfire, the emergence of crisp, cool weather, and the shift from vibrant greens to rich reds, yellows, and oranges that gently grace our trees. The beauty of fall, it really never gets old. This year, enjoy some scenic drives right in our area for optimal leaf peeping!

The three routes below combined are 12.7 miles of scenic driving through Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Southern Unit. You can access hiking trails like the Ice Age Trail and climb Lapham Peak to get the most beautiful aerial view of the fall colors!


Rustic Route, R-10

This curving trail rides the narrow isthmus between Upper and Lower Nashotah Lakes, runs south past Upper Nemhabin Lake. The broad fields of Pabst Farms and the remainder of its once-famous dairy barns lie to the west. To the north of Mill Road, the red-tiled spires and gables of Nashotah House Seminary can be seen.


Rustic Route, R- 86

Rustic Road R-86 offers the traveler scenic views of rugged forest and open prairie as it meanders through the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The Waterville Road route also provides access to the Ice Age Trail and the Scuppernong Hiking Trail. Nearby, Ottawa Lake provides visitors with a public beach, picnic area and campground.


Rustic Route, R-115

R-115 has trees and dense foliage that create a canopy overhead at the northern end of the route. It is interspersed with views of marshland, lakes, and prairies. Travelers may see wild turkeys, deer, herons, hawks and owls. This segment of Waterville Road also provides access to the Lake Country and Glacial Drumlin trails. R-115 connects Rustic Roads 10 and 86 into a continuous route.


More Places For Fall Color Peeping

If you are looking for other places to peep fall colors, don’t miss this post or check Travel Wisconsin’s fall color report for up-to-date information on fall colors in Wisconsin.

Here are two more resources in case you are looking for fall fun ideas.

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