Late Fall Adventures in Washburn County

Spooner Train Ride, Washburn County


October 19, 2017

The fall season in Washburn County seems to be stretching out this year providing an extended time for fall color viewing, pumpkin patch fun and so much more. If you thought you missed out on all of the fall fun, you should check out our list of fun activities for the remainder of October.


Eleven late fall activities you won’t want to miss:

  1. The Burch Barn- Not only can you sit on a gunny sack and careen down a 100 foot slide, but you can also get lost in a giant corn maze, pet the new twin goats in the petting zoo and “swim” in a huge corn pit. This is the perfect place to spend some time with your kids or grandkids. They are open weekends through the end of October.
  2. Wisconsin Muskies Hockey- If you’re looking for some indoor fun, be sure to check out one of the Wisconsin Muskies Hockey games. The Wisconsin Muskies are a US Premier Hockey League team who play at the Spooner Civic Center. Game information and other events held at the Spooner Civic Center can be found on our event calendar.
  3. Arts & Antiques- There are roughly six art galleries and ten antique shops throughout Washburn County. A brochure highlighting these businesses is available at the Washburn County Visitor Center in Spooner. You’ll find everything from world class pottery to handmade quilts, incredible mosaic murals to admire, and antiques as far as the eye can see.
  4. Take a Hike- Washburn County is home to over 100 miles of scenic hiking trails. Trails wind through pristine forests and along the beautiful lakes and rivers. Some of the local favorites include the Beaver Brook Trail, Hunt Hill Trails, and the Trego Nature Trail. During the fall, it is recommended to wear blaze orange if you are hiking a trail on property that is open to hunting.
  5. Tin Ceiling Tour- Explore Spooner’s downtown area with the new Tin Ceiling Tour. Over a dozen of the historic downtown buildings have exposed their original tin ceilings and they are incredible! Brochures are available at the Washburn County Visitor Center.
  6. Ride the Train- The Wisconsin Great Northern Train Ride is an extremely popular attraction no matter what time of the year you’re visiting Washburn County, but the fall season is an especially great time to take a ride. Enjoy the scenery of the north woods and the incredible Namekagon River on a Sightseeing, Family Pizza, Elegant Dining or even a Bed & Breakfast train ride. This is a stop you won’t want to miss.
  7. Wine Tasting at Clover Meadow- The only certified organic winery in the Midwest, located just west of Shell Lake, offers wine tastings Thursday through Sunday in October. With a great array of flavorful wines, you’ll definitely want to plan a trip out there with your friends and loved ones.
  8. Mountain Bike at Wild Cat- This incredible 20 mile mountain bike system is a blast to ride during the fall season. Located in a dense tract of county forest land, you’ll navigate single and double track trails; ride over bridges and through incredible landscapes. If you didn’t bring a bike, don’t worry, rentals are available at Saw This in Spooner.
  9. Rent an ATV- Washburn County is home to some of the best ATV trails in the state and best of all, they offer an ATV Scenic Tour to really explore the sights along the trail. Trail reports, rental information, maps and the scenic tour brochure are available on the Washburn County ATV page to start planning your trip.
  10. Take an art class at the Minong Center- Offering an incredible variety of art and DIY classes throughout the year; you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on the events planned at the Minong Center. All of their events and many other great ones can be found on our events calendar.
  11. Horseback Riding- A sunny fall day is absolutely perfect for a leisurely trail ride at Hoofbeat Ridge Ranch. The ranch is located between Spooner and Stone Lake on County Highway A. Rides are available through October with a reservation.