News/PRYard MD Blog: More Fall Color Hotspots
October 6, 2014
All this week, I'm bringing you some wonderful places across our area to view the spectacular fall colors. Peak color season is upon us and many areas will reach peak this week, providing the full glory of autumn's greatest show.
Here are my picks for today:
Hartman Creek State Park
Located just outside of Waupaca, Hartman Creek State Park features a number of small lakes with walking trails winding around each, providing beautiful views of the color that lines the shoreline.
These clear, spring-fed lakes reflect the surrounding trees, creating a stunning mirror effect over the still waters.
When the tamaracks begin to turn brilliant gold, Hartman Creek State Park is at its best.
You'll find arching ferns dressed in autumn gold, dogwood, viburnum and sumac ablaze in scarlet, as well as oaks, birches and maples in fall's palette of orange, chestnut, red and yellow.
Cave Point County Park
This county park, located at the north end of Whitefish Dunes State Park, Door County, features startling fall color along the Lake Michigan shoreline, enhanced by the thunderous roar of the crashing surf against the limestone bluffs.
Be sure to travel the scenic park entrance road and other back roads in the area to see the amazing golds, reds and oranges of fall.
Walk the trails along the bluffs for spectacular scenery and photo opportunities high above the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan.
At Hartman Creek State Park, golden ferns and towering maples in fall’s other hot colors decorate the shores of spring-fed lakes.
Calumet County road trip
There are so many places in Calumet County to enjoy the spectacle of fall that I have chosen the entire county as my hotspot.
Of course, there is High Cliff State Park, which I will talk about more in tomorrow's blog, however, there are many equally spectacular places to view the wonderful fall colors in the Calumet County.
Ledge View Nature Center offers an overlooked tower where you can get a bird's eye view of the surrounding countryside and wood lots filled with beautiful colors. In addition, be sure to hike the forest trails leading to the quarry and around the ledge for their quiet autumn glow.
Brillion Nature Center is another wonderful destination, located along the edge of the Brillion State Wildlife Area, filled with towering oaks, hickories, maples and more.
Along the east shore of Lake Winnebago, visit Calumet County Park, where the towering trees lining the lakeshore are ablaze with the best in fall color.
Explore trails leading up and down the Niagara escarpment along Lake Winnebago shore, enjoying the brilliant colors of fall.
If you're feeling adventurous, a great way to explore the beautiful colors of Calumet County is to simply get in your car and drive the back roads up and down the hills and farmland, where you'll see colorful quilted patterns of stunning colors all along these quiet rural roads. No map required, just get in and go, finding beauty around every curve and over every hillside.
— Rob Zimmer: 920-419-3734, email@example.com; on Twitter @YardMD
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