It’s time to take advantage of the most beautiful time of the year as Autumn brings waves of incredible color to the Milwaukee landscape!  We’re entering into the peak of this glorious event, and so we’re headed outdoors with our favorite fall beverages and our cameras to take in and capture every minute of it.  And, you should too! Here are some of the best places in and around Milwaukee to see the fall foliage:

Oak Leaf Trail

Where:  2900 S. Shore Dr.

If you’re a cyclist or love long walks, the Oak Leaf Trail is where you want to be!  With more than 100 miles of paved paths that wind through residential, urban and wooded areas, you’ll absolutely fall head over heels into this autumnal dream where hardwood trees line the trails in the most beautiful colors.  For a more nature-oriented experience, start off at South Shore Park in Bay View and head south along the lake.

Holy Hill

Where:  1525 Carmel Rd., Hubertus

Holy Hill is one of those places where people, both locals and tourists alike, flock to see the changing of the season each fall.  And, it’s no wonder why this is a prime spot for viewing scenic fall foliage when you look at its location. Holy Hill’s highest elevation reaches over 1,300 feet in southeast Wisconsin.  If that’s still not high enough for you, you can get an even better bird’s eye view by making your way to the top of one of the basilica’s towers to see the beautiful treetops and even the city of Milwaukee on a clear day.  

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Where:  9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners

All this month, the Boerner Botanical Gardens will be engulfed in brilliant shades of orange and red, as the ash, maple, oak and other trees reach their peak colors.  Hit the gravel trails for a tranquil walk among the forest, plants flowers and waterfalls for the ultimate fall experience.

Havenwoods State Forest

Where:  6141 N. Hopkins St.

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin’s only urban state forest.  It spans 237 acres, from fields, to woods and wetlands, and it has more than six miles of trails.  Explore on foot or by bike, take in the array of fall colors, and keep your eyes peeled for some wildlife.  This is one place that should be on every leaf peeper’s bucket list!

Grant Park

Where:  100 Hawthorne Ave., South Milwaukee

Grant Park is the second-largest park in Milwaukee County.  And, in fall it transforms into 381 acres of fiery foliage. The park is located along the banks of Lake Michigan, and its two-mile Seven Bridges Trail is the ideal hiking path to view the fall colors throughout the scenic forest.

Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve

Where:  511 High Bluff Dr., Grafton

The 100-foot bluffs at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve offer visitors absolutely breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the fall foliage.  Leaf peepers can explore the 73-acre park on trails, boardwalks, bridges and stairs that lead down to the lake to get up close and personal with nature. 

Riveredge Nature Center

Where:  4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville

For the ultimate color experience, hit the hiking trails at Riveredge Nature Center, and explore nature at Southeastern Wisconsin’s oldest nature center.  The forest is almost 380 acres and is made up of restored prairies and wetlands perfect for admiring the spectacular scenery.

North Point Lighthouse

Where:  2650 N. Wahl Ave.

For a more unique experience, view the fall colors from the top of the North Point Lighthouse.  It stands 74-feettall, and you can take in gorgeous panoramic views of the Milwaukee skyline along with the changing colors at Lake Park as well as the cool blue waters of Lake Michigan  The lighthouse is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1- 4 p.m.

Whether on foot, on bike or by car, you simply can’t miss the beautiful display of autumnal change that dances in the trees in and around our beloved city.  All you have to do is look around you! So, get out, and enjoy this magnificent display.