Now that Labor Day Weekend has passed, we can officially, though reluctantly, say goodbye to summer, and welcome the fast-approaching fall. The hillsides surrounding Wausau are already showing hints of their colorful autumnal hues, which means now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to this incredible destination. 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. Take advantage of this incredible fall weather, and book your room at our boutique hotel today.
The Best Places to View Fall Foliage in Wausau
Like in much of the Midwest, the fall color show in Wausau is nothing short of spectacular. What makes Wausau such a special place to see the foliage, though, are the smaller crowds and the town itself. Wausau is Wisconsin’s hidden gem, offering breathtaking views atop towering bluffs, peaceful overlooks along rushing rivers, and amenities rivaled by larger and more popular tourist destinations. The peak foliage season typically stretches from mid-September through early to mid-October. The best way to get those panoramic fall views we’re all after is by taking a hike, but there are plenty of unique ways to basque in the glory of fall in Wausau.
- 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. The third-highest point in Wisconsin, Rib Mountain boasts a superior view of the Wausau region’s changing fall colors.There are plenty of hiking trails, and the views of the top of the Observation Tower simply can’t be beat. If you don’t have time or energy to devote to a hike, Granite Peak Ski Area also offers a fall chairlift ride to the top, so visitors can still enjoy the changing trees below.
- Nine-Mile Forest Recreation Area is one of the most popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts in central Wisconsin and has some truly incredible opportunities for witnessing Wausau’s fall foliage. There are more than 30 miles worth of trails to explore in this incredible park.
- The Dells of Eau Claire County Park are scenic any time of year, but they are just plain magical during peak fall foliage season. Multiple bridges cross the river, offering incredible scenic overlooks.
- Another popular place in the Wausau area for both the fall foliage and the birding opportunities is Bluegill Bay Park.
- Wander under the incredible tree canopy and revel in the fall colors reflecting off the water at Big Eau Pleine County Park. You won’t be disappointed.
- 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.
- Even if you want to stick close to downtown Wausau, there are several places from which to enjoy peak fall foliage season. The River Walk, which is 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.
There’s more to Wausau than just pretty fall colors. The Wausau Daily Herald put together a great list of things to do in Wausau this fall. It includes fun activities like apple picking, attending a show at the Grand Theatre, appreciating local art and celebrating our local culture. If you’re looking for more great things to do during your time in Wausau, don’t hesitate to ask our Innkeepers! Don’t miss your chance to see the picturesque town of Wausau this fall. Book your stay at the Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel today!