Rusk County has some of the region’s best hiking trails, and they’re your ticket to taking in the fall colors. Enjoy the brilliant spectacle of leaves reflected in the cool waters of a wild Wisconsin river or take in a dramatic hillside vista framed in shades of yellow, red and orange. The experience is unforgettable, and the colors are already starting to turn. Lace up your hiking shoes–here are a few of our favorite fall hiking spots.
Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails
This easy-to-reach hiking spot is located just south of Ladysmith. The trails are in an area that was once the site of a copper mine, but the land has been restored to a beautiful park along the Flambeau River. The trails cover about five miles and traverse open meadows that are good for taking in the overhead flocks of fall migratory birds.
Ice Age Trail
One of the nation’s great long-distance hiking trails passes through Rusk County, and it’s an ideal place for a wild fall hike. The 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail traces the path of the most recent Wisconsin glacier, and it traverses some of Rusk County’s most beautiful areas. The trail section in Rusk County passes remote lakes and several unique rock formations, including felsenmeers-massive fields of jagged rocks. The trail takes hikers through rolling stretches of Rusk County’s hardwood forests, winding paths and historic logging roads.
Sisters’ Farm Trail System
A scenic 10-mile trail network near Ladysmith is a good place for a longer fall hike. The Sisters’ Farm Trail System is located in the inside bend of the Flambeau River. Hikers are treated to beautiful river views and plenty of fall color. You’ll find a trailhead off Sisters’ Farm Road.
Blue Hills Trail System
The Blue Hills in Rusk County are known for the bluish hue they take on in the early morning, but in the fall, you’ll find some other beautiful shades here. The Blue Hills Trails System has more than 35 miles of multi-use trails that are perfect for a fall hike.