Washburn County bursts into brilliant color in September and October, luring visitors and residents alike onto the highways and trails. Fall ATVing, a scenic train ride, and exploring the hiking trails are excellent ways to experience the extraordinary fall colors. Along with the spell-binding scenery, you’ll also want to partake in the colorful local festivals that celebrate the harvest. While you’re here, be sure to sample our unsurpassed fall produce — the world’s finest apples, pumpkins, cranberries, wild rice and honey.
Fall Colors are reported on a regular basis by local residents. Below are the reports for the Washburn County and surrounding areas. To view the full Fall Color Report, click here.
Scenic Train Rides
What better way to experience the fall colors than on a historic train ride through beautiful Northwest Wisconsin? The WI Great Northern Railroad offers Sightseeing, Bed & Breakfast, Elegant Dinner & Family Pizza Train Rides throughout the fall.
Fall Splendor Art Meander - 2019
Meander on a self-guided road trip in Northwest Wisconsin to visit some of the finest studios & galleries. Meet some of the artists behind the beautiful works and even catch them working on some future pieces.
Pumpkin Patch Fun
100 ft. Gunny Sack Slie, Corn Cannon, Grain Train Rides, Corn Maze, Derby Horse Races, Giant Corn Pit, Haybale Maze, Bounce Houses, picking your own pumpkin & so much more!
Stone Lake Cranberry Festival - October 5, 2019
The first Saturday of October every year brings thousands of people to the normally quiet town of Stone Lake, WI. Events to enjoy during this one day festival include: cranberry marsh tours, parade, crate derby, arts & crafts fair and much more!
Taste & Treasure Washburn Co.
Sample local fare from a variety of area restaurants after a relaxing day of treasure hunting at our unique antique shops, art galleries, and other fun stops along the way! Download the brochure to see all of the cool stops you can make. Maps for your trek can be picked up at the Washburn Co. Information Center.
Jack O' Lantern Festival - October 19, 2019
Come celebrate the fall season with pumpkin rolling down Siegner Hill, kids' games, an inflatable play park, pumpkin painting, arts & craft air and more!
Fall Color Driving Tour
Pick up a Washburn County Highway Map and check out these four amazing fall color routes for car, bicycle or motorcycle. The routes range from 39 to 61 miles and pass through the beautiful forests of Norhwest Wisconsin, around sparkling lakes & into the heart of some great small towns.
5K Zombie Run - October 19, 2019
Put on your best hauntd garb and head out to the haunted woods of Spooner but beware of what's around the next bend...you may have to run for you life!
More Great Fall Activities in Washburn County:
Hiking & Wildlife Viewing
Explore the beauty of fall up close on one of the many hiking trails in Washburn County. Trails range in length from one mile to ten miles of loops.
For a list and maps of all of the area hiking trails, visit the hiking page.
Canoeing & Kayaking a National Treasure
Paddling the Namekagon River (part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway) is an incredible way to view the fall colors. Other paddling opportunities are available on the Yellow and Totogatic Rivers as well as the area lakes.
Dugan Run Horse Trails & Campground is a popular destination for horse enthusiasts in the fall with over 30 miles of horse trails. If you don't own a horse, Hoofbeat Ridge Ranch is a great riding stable located in Springbrook and offers hour-long horseback rides for all experience levels.