7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors in Boscobel, WI

Enjoy Fall Colors in Boscobel, WI

Autumn is a season for slowing down. Most of the year, our schedules are crazy and hectic, and this makes it tough to take a step back and appreciate the little things around us.

But in this magical transition season, the crisp, smoky air and brilliant fall colors inspire us to hit pause and getaway to cozy destinations – like Boscobel, located in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area!

7 Amazing Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors in Boscobel, WI 

1) Hunting on Public Land

For those looking to bag a trophy buck or big, bearded tom, seclusion is key. In Boscobel, you’ll be situated along what is known as the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, featuring 44,000-acres of riverfront public land to hunt and explore.

The advantages of our serene wilderness areas are striking in that they support a wide range of wildlife, including white tail deer, turkey, migratory and game birds, furbearers, and small game aplenty.

What better way is there to immerse yourself in the colorful leaves of fall than to plant yourself in the woods and sit listening? It’s an intense experience in the best possible way.

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Autumn Road Cycling & Mountain Biking

2) Road Cycling & Mountain Bike Trail Riding

For those who can’t stand to be stationary for too long, our rolling hills and scenic river roads are calling! For road cyclists and mountain bikers, the driftless region is a giant playground.

Untouched by the ancient glaciers that flattened much of the Midwest, our breathtaking landscape is comprised of rocky bluffs, forested trails, and long, winding farm roads to spin your way through.

Come sightsee on the two-wheeled vehicle of your choice, and view all the fall colors in a whole, new light.

3) Trout & Bass Fishing

This may sound fishy, but Boscobel and our neighboring communities provide some of the best fall fly-fishing opportunities in the country. Our wealth of lush backwaters, tributaries, and cold, freshwater streams are ideal spots to cast your line.

The Wisconsin DNR reports that there are just shy of 90 Class-1 trout streams between Grant, Richland, and Crawford counties combined that are well-stocked with brown, brook, and the elusive tiger trout.

But there’s more than just trout in these waters! You can expect to reel in bass, panfish, northern pike, and more in our surrounding lakes during the fall fishing season.

Whichever method you prefer, you’ll have the chance to revel in the sweet rapture of an autumn wilderness as you watch orange and yellow leaves drop gracefully from above. 

Canoeing & Kayaking on the Wisconsin River

4) Wisconsin River Paddling

The Wisconsin River is famous for its wide, shallow nature that produces intense currents and massive sandbars you can camp on.

Here, you can glide through glassy waters in a sturdy canoe or maneuverable kayak. Fall paddling out on the Wisconsin River is most commonly experienced through local outfitter, WI River Outings.

As your river paddling experts, they offer one or multiple-day paddling trips through the month of October (as weather and river conditions permit).

Embarking on an adventure like this is easy since transportation is provided for your excursion’s launch and pickup points. They’ll even pick you up in your own canoe/kayak.

The overnight trips are incredible autumn adventures! Camping on a sandbar, watching the sunset, and gazing at the stars – all while sitting at a campfire in the middle of a river – is what dreams are made of.

But before you go, be sure to brush up on these Wisconsin River safety tips.

5) Hiking the Bluffs

The Naturalist, John Muir, once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Once you visit Driftless Wisconsin for a seasonal hike in the woods, you’ll know exactly what this means…and we’re not bluffing.

Actually…we are…in a way. Boscobel is surrounded by wooded bluffs, wild, rolling hills, and limestone outcroppings. And as summer nears its end, the fall colors come to life and paint the countryside in nostalgia.

Explore our vast wilderness at Boscobel Bluffs State Natural Area, Blue River Bluffs State Natural Area, and Frank’s Hill (Shadewald Mounds).

Bring your camera, binoculars, or simply your memory banks, and discover show stopping scenic vistas, ancient effigy mounds, and over 300 species of native birds.

Doesn’t an autumn walk in the woods sound pretty darn good?

Motorcycling Scenic Fall Roadways

6) Motorcycle & ATV Riding

A quiet stroll in nature isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some of us like to move faster…A LOT faster. If that’s you, you’re in luck! The Driftless Area has phenomenal motorcycling and ATV/UTV riding opportunities.

Whether you’re coming from Madison, Dubuque, or anywhere really, you’ll discover there is great value in riding your motorcycle out to Boscobel for a weekend away.

The journey weaves and winds through quaint farm roads, scenic river overlooks, and majestic bluffs dressed in shades of gold and blaze.

The same can be said about ATV riding, which is legal on many Grant County and Boscobel town roads (as designated by road signage).

No off-road trails are available as of yet, but our region has a variety of gravel roads and hollows that provide thrilling rides with a similar aesthetic. Becoming immersed in the fall colors is still just as enjoyable, albeit a whole lot blurrier as you zoom by. 

7) Attending Local Events & Festivals

Summer can’t officially transition to fall in Wisconsin without us celebrating it! That just wouldn’t be right. Boscobel and our neighbors love to celebrate this time of year, and we do so with several intriguing events and festivals.

  • Boscobel Farmers Market – Head down to Kronshage Park every Saturday from mid-May to mid-October for fresh produce, live music, and local wares. In fall, this means cider, pumpkins, hay bales, and the like. You won’t want to miss out.
  • Blue River Autumn-Fest – On the third weekend in August each year, you can enjoy family fun and festivities in Blue River, Wisconsin. Activities include a tractor pull, canoe races, horseshoes, euchre, and an outstanding chicken BBQ. It’s everything you need to send summer off right.
  • Taste of Boscobel – Stop into Double K’s Bar & Grill every year in mid-September for one of the tastiest local events in the Driftless Area. Enjoy all-day music, food, wine, beer, local business sidewalk sales, and a car show to boot. Come and get a taste of how we do things here.
  • Annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast – Boscobel Municipal Airport hosts this high flyin’ event each fall, which features (you guessed it) breakfast served from 8am to Noon. Various types of airplanes will be on display and open to viewing, and plane rides will be offered at an additional cost.

Hunting in the Fall Colors

Are You in Need of a Fall Getaway? 

Come explore Boscobel – Wisconsin’s Outdoor Recreation Destination – and experience the majestic fall colors in a variety of ways. Our cozy town is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Visit us for relaxing days of natural fun, shopping, food, parks, and historic places to round out your restful stay. Start planning today!