Fall is an excellent time for a Northern Wisconsin vacation, as the warm temperatures begin to wane, so do the number of tourists, making it a great time to visit for those hoping to avoid crowds. The crisp autumn air, coupled with the chorus of a fall breeze, lend themselves to a myriad of outdoor activities to be enjoyed in cooler weather. Furthermore, the surrounding hardwood forests will begin showcasing an elegant display of yellows, oranges, and reds throughout the Northwoods. As a result, the nearby attractions and landmarks will transform, creating the perfect atmosphere for hiking, sightseeing, photography, and day trips. Below we share some ideas for things to do in Northern Wisconsin during your fall getaway.

Northern Wisconsin Vacations in Trego, WI

One of the most significant factors to consider when taking a Northern Wisconsin vacation in autumn is the remarkable hues created by the changing leaves. One great way to enjoy this stunning collection of color is by taking a canoe down the Namekagon River. Before you go, you can visit the Namekagon Visitor Center website to learn more about this national treasure that is an integral part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. After your float, you can head down to Spooner to grab a coffee or lunch at Alley Cats Coffee and take a stroll along the main drag for some light shopping. After a little retail therapy, you can bring back some desert from the Spooner Bake Shoppe

More Wisconsin Northwoods Attractions

With so many things to do in Northern Wisconsin this fall, it might be best to present a list. Here are some of our favorite landmarks and attractions:

  • The Burch Barn is a place where fun, family, and fall come together. Open the second week of September, Burch Barn has a pumpkin patch, bounce house, petting zoo, and a giant corn pit!
  • The Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery is a timeless commemoration for those who gave their lives to protect ours. It is the ideal place to pay your respects to Northern Wisconsin’s fallen soldiers. 
  • Clover Meadow Winery outside Shell Lake can boast being the only certified organic winery in the Midwest. This sustainable, eco-friendly operation takes advantage of the crystal clear spring water that resides below the Bashaw Valley.
  • Fort Folle Avoine Historical Park near Danbury is a live museum that showcases what life was like back in the fur-trading days. Two former trading posts still reside on the property and are said to have been active from 1802 to 1805. 
  • Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary down Highway 53 in Sarona, is a nature enthusiast’s dreamworld. This 600-acre preserve is home to an old-growth forest, bogs, prairies, two glacial lakes, and 10 miles of hiking trails.
  • Madeline Island, the biggest of the Apostle Islands, is just under three hours away, but is definitely worth the drive, especially if you aren’t from the area or have never been there. Madeline Island is a great day-trip option.

The Best Northern Wisconsin Resort on the Namekagon River

A wide angle view of the Eagle Lodge in the fall.Heartwood Resort & Conference Center in Trego, WI, is tucked away on 700 acres of immaculate Wisconsin Northwoods. Our inviting accommodations are sure to provide you more than a place to sleep, but a home away from home. For more information on how we can facilitate your Northern Wisconsin vacation, please visit us online or call 715-466-6300.