Fall Colors to Dazzle and Delight
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 Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad offers Sightseeing, Bed & Breakfast, Elegant Dinner, and Family Pizza Train Rides throughout the fall.
Pumpkin Patch Fun
100 ft. Gunny Sack Slide, Corn Cannon, Petting Zoo, Grain Train Rides, Corn Maze, Derby Horse Races, Giant Corn Pit, Haybale Maze, Pedal Carts, Bounce Houses, & More!
Taste & Treasure Washburn County
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! Download the brochure to see all of the cool stops you can make. Maps are available at the Washburn County Visitor Center (122 N. River Street-Spooner).
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 Northwest Wisconsin, around sparkling lakes and into the heart of some great small towns.
Fall Splendor Art Meander - 2018
Meander on a self-guided road trip in Northwest Wisconsin to visit some of the finest studios & galleries in the region.
Stone Lake Cranberry Festival - October 6, 2018
The first Saturday of October every year brings thousands of people to the normally quiet town of Stone Lake, WI. This is when the Annual Stone lake Cranberry Festival is held in celebration of the cranberry harvest. Events include: cranberry marsh tours, parade, crate derby, arts & crafts fair and much more!
Jack O' Lantern Festival - October 13, 2018
Come celebrate the fall season with pumpkin rolling down Siegner Hill, kids' games, inflatable play park, pumpkin painting, arts & craft fair and more!
5k Zombie Run - October 13, 2018
Head out to the haunted woods of Spooner, but beware of what's around the next bend...you may have to run for your life!
More Great Fall Activities in Washburn County:
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 Northwest Wisconsin, around sparkling lakes and into the heart of some great small towns.
ATV Scenic Tour: Exploring the trails of Northwest Wisconsin is beautiful anytime of year, but in the Fall you'll be sure to see many spectacular colors decorating the landscape. Washburn County is home to the ATV Scenic Tour which highlights many natural, historic, and man-made points of interest and is an excellent way to explore the forests as they burst into brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow.
For trail maps, conditions, trail passes and more, visit the ATV page.
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.
Kayaking & Canoeing 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.
For more information on outfitters, maps and more, visit the Canoeing/Kayaking/Tubing page.
Pontoon Ride on a Dazzling Area Lake: Spend a beautiful fall day exploring an area lake by pontoon. Spooner Lake and Long Lake both offer boat rentals and incredible scenery to view during peak color. Many other lakes offer pontoon rentals from the area resorts.
For more infomation on lake recreation, visit the Lakes page.
Golfing: Fall is a spectacular time to experience the many golf courses in Northern Wisconsin. Beautiful, crisp fall mornings are the perfect time to get out on the course.
Click here for a list of Washburn County golf courses.
Horseback Riding: Dugan Run Horse Trails & Campground is a popular destination for horse enthusiasts in the fall. Over 30 miles of horse trails make up this great trail system. 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.
Fishing: Fall fishing is a very popular past-time in Washburn County. This area is home to over 950 lakes packed with bluegill, panfish, walleye, musky, northern, and trout.
For more information on fishing in the area, visit the Fishing page.
Bicycling: There are many opportunities to take in the fall colors on bicycle. If you enjoy off-road trails, be sure the check out the Wild Cat Mountain Bike Trail or the College Street Park Trails. If you are looking for road routes, stop into the Visitor Center in Spooner to pick up the county highway map and suggested routes.
For bike maps, visit the Biking page.
Fall is a great time to visit the area attractions after the summer crowds have departed. Many of the area attractions stay open through September and even into early October. Be sure to call ahead to check hours.
Clover Meadow Winery-Certified, organic winery offering wine tastings
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary-500-acre nature reserve, 10+miles of hiking trails
Palace Theater-Historic movie theater with daily showtimes
The Potters Shed-Gallery, Paint-your-own Pottery, Build-your-own Mosaics, Make-your-own Wood Signs