The crisp reds, burnt oranges and vibrant yellows that blanket Wisconsin’s landscape every autumn are world renown. Wisconsin Dells to Door County, our fall colors attract travelers from all over the United States. The breathtaking views that color our state in the few short weeks of autumn mark a magical time of year. To help RVers and primitive campers alike, we gathered a list of the best campgrounds and parks for fall camping in Wisconsin.
Top Parks for Fall Camping in Wisconsin
Big Bay State Park
La Pointe, WI
Big Bay State Park is the first stop on our tour of fall camping in Wisconsin. It sits on Madeline Island in the northern part of the state. This park is popular in spring and summer as its located on the coast of Lake Superior and boasts miles of beautiful sandstone bluffs. While summer offers water activities, the park truly shines in autumn. The island becomes a burst of warmth among the blue waters of Lake Superior. You can hike around the park, look out from the tallest bluffs, or take to the water and look back on colorful Madeline Island itself.
Copper Falls State Park
Waterfalls, ancient lava flows and deep gorges dip and curve through the landscape of Copper Falls State Park. The park spans over 3,000 acres and includes a section of the Bad River. While copper may be an autumn color, the park itself is named for its history of copper mines in the area. The log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the ‘30s add to the park’s charm. RVs and tents are welcome at this park – perfect for viewing Wisconsin’s best fall colors.
Devil’s Lake State Park
After you stop by Scenic RV in Baraboo, take the 20-minute drive down US-12 to visit Devil’s Lake State Park. The campground and RV park sits on the north shore of, unsurprisingly, Devil’s Lake. It’s also known as part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail! The picturesque quartzite bluffs overlook the 360-acre lake itself. You can enjoy hiking, swimming, paddle sports, and educational programs at Devil’s Lake State Park, along with the fall colors of course.
High Cliff State Park
Cabins, tent sites and RV sites are available to rent at High Cliff State Park. It’s the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest lake. Aside from the autumn colors, the spectacular 12-foot statue of Winnebago Native American Chief Red Bird that stands over the park is one of the most popular reasons people visit the park. High Cliff is named for the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which sits across from the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The views at this park, both manmade and natural, makes it a popular destination for fall camping in Wisconsin.
Peninsula State Park
Fish Creek, WI
Peninsula State Park is located in Door County, which is renown as one of the best places to view fall color displays in the US. The bluffs of this park are also part of the Niagara Escarpment, like High Cliff State Park. There is an abundance of activities in the park: a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sandy beaches, bike trails, a lighthouse and more. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed schedule or a simple, quiet retreat, Peninsula State Park has a site for you!
Mirror Lake State Park
Nearby Devil’s Lake, and Scenic RV’s Baraboo location, is Mirror Lake State Park. While this park offers many of the same views as Devil’s Lake, its namesake does offer an additional element for your fall camping in Wisconsin. The only way to elevate a canopy of warm autumn colors above your head is a reflection of the same at your feet. The still waters of Mirror Lake brightly reflect the fall colors. You’ll be surrounded with the best of Wisconsin’s autumn views – a breathtaking sight to see!
Willow River State Park
Near the St. Croix River, which serves as a border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, sits Willow River State Park. Surrounded by acres of rolling country hills, the park offers plenty of places to settle down for a picnic and a view. Though named for the Willow River Gorge, Willow Falls is often what attracts people to the park. Enjoy water sports and swimming on Little Falls Lake in summer, and come back in autumn to relax on the shorelines with a picnic blanket at this scenic destination for fall camping in Wisconsin.
Before you head out on an autumn hike or a week of fall camping in Wisconsin, you should check out Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report. This site offers localized, up-to-date info on the current leaf color, the best places to view the colors, nearby activities and more.
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