Boulder Junction Wisconsin lake in fall

When and where to see fall color

By Ben H

The first day of fall is just around the corner and you have questions. Don’t worry—we’ve got answers. From info on when Boulder Junction will hit peak color to tips on the best places to take in the scenery, here’s your guide to the fall color season in Boulder Junction.

When is peak fall color in Boulder Junction?

A lot of it depends on weather conditions—sunny days and colder nights are better for pushing fall color along, but rainy and windy conditions can knock the leaves off the trees early, too. That being said, peak color usually arrives in the Northwoods in the first week or two of October.

Where can I get updates on fall color?

Visit our website for the latest fall color reports. (They’re right on the homepage throughout fall color season.) We also have a webcam outside the chamber office and links to other webcams in the area so you can see conditions for yourself.

Are there good fall color drives in Boulder Junction?

One of the best drives in the Northwoods is Rustic Road 60, also known as Highway K, which stretches from Highway M south of Boulder Junction to Highway N in Star Lake. A fully paved route, Rustic Road 60 travels through a canopy of coniferous and hardwood trees as it passes old logging camps and classic Northwoods lakes.

If you’re looking for a longer drive to catch more fall scenery, the 65-mile loop from Boulder Junction south to Arbor Vitae, west to Lac du Flambeau, north to Manitowish Waters and back east to Boulder Junction provides the opportunity to see plenty of eye-popping fall color and pass through some of our charming Northwoods neighbors.

How about if I want to bike or hike?

You’re in luck—Boulder Junction’s trails are some of the best in the Northwoods. Bikers shouldn’t miss the Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System, a 52-mile route that passes through Boulder Junction as it connects Mercer in the west to St. Germain in the south.

Looking for some longer biking loops? Here are a few suggestions for some on- and off-road trails.

If you just want a leisurely stroll through the woods, there are plenty of routes that will put you in the heart of fall color country. A short walk that’s long on beauty is the Fallison Lake Nature Trail, which hugs the shores of Fallison Lake south of Boulder Junction (find the trailhead across from the Crystal Lake Campground). Head to the Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trail south and east of Boulder Junction to find picturesque trails winding through a lake-filled woodland.

Find more Boulder Junction hiking information here.

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