Hey Leaf Peepers: fall is coming fast

Camping in October is a great way to experience the fall color of the state

The cool weather we are experiencing this Labor Day weekend is a good reminder that fall color is fast approaching in the state. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism annually maintains the official fall color report for the state. This year they will start updating the report this coming Thursday, September 9. Already we are seeing the hint of color in some of the trees in the area. I know it won’t be long until the entire state is in a blaze of color. We will also give weekly updates and observations from North Central Wisconsin, so be sure to stop by frequently for the latest fall color update.

If you are looking for a fall color weekend of day trip, Brian Clark of the Chicago Sun-Times has a few options in his fall color article: Leave summer behind with tour of autumn foliage.

Door County, Wis.

Door County, in northeast Wisconsin, is a winner every season. Protected by the warming waters of Lake Michigan, its hardwoods make for a colorful autumn drive.

A great tour goes along the west shore of the peninsula some 75 miles from Kewaunee to Gills Rock at the tip of the county, passing through the towns of Sister Bay, Egg Harbor and Fish Creek.

Then, head down the less populated and more rugged Lake Michigan side of the finger. Along the way, you’ll enjoy bluff-top views of the lake and four popular Wisconsin state parks — Potowatami, Peninsula, Newport and Whitefish Dunes — seven lighthouses and apple orchards ablaze in color.

More info: (800) 527-3529, doorcounty.com.

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