Posted on

What better way to view fall colors, than on state trails

hiking with a four-legged friend.

Finally, pack it in, pack it out. Pick up litter to keep trails looking nice and in sanitary conditions.

The annual display of fall colors in Wisconsin, is in full swing. Enjoying Wisconsin’s rich trail system, is the perfect way to explore peak leaf season throughout the state, while practicing social distancing.

Peak fall color usually occurs in far northern Wisconsin, during the last week of September, and the first week of October, with peak color generally happening during mid-October, in central Wisconsin, and during the latter half of October, in southern Wisconsin.

When planning a fall color tour, Wisconsin state properties offer biking, hiking and walking opportunities for beginners, families and more advanced explorers.

Wisconsin’s many miles of trails and varied terrain, make it an ideal place for bicycling and Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of America’s best places to bike. The state offers the following three types of bicycle trails:

• Bicycle touring trails – Easier trails, such as paved or limestone-surfaced former railroad corridors. Generally appropriate for all ability levels and bikes with skinny tires.

• Off-road bicycle trails – Intermediate-level trails, often in the woods with various surfacing, from native soil to wood chips. Appropriate for families with more adventurous riders, and hybrid or mountain bikes.

• Constructed mountain bike trails – Specially created, challenging, narrow-width trails, built to the specific trail standards.

A state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older biking on certain trails. A state trail pass is not required for walking or hiking. Wisconsin state trail pass fees are the same for residents and non-residents.

The annual pass is good for the calendar year, and the daily pass is good for the day of purchase. To learn which trails require passes and to purchase a trail pass, visit the DNR’s website.

Wisconsin’s state properties also offer more than 2,700 miles of hiking trails. Hiking is allowed at all properties, and trail information and maps can be found on the DNR’s website.

Before trail goers make plans for fall adventures, the DNR wants to remind everyone to keep trail etiquette in mind and share the trail.

Know what types of trail use are permitted at the destination, and obey traffic (and other) laws and signs. Try to ride or walk single file. All users should stay right except to pass. Always pass on the left.

When passing, move to single file and announce it (verbally or with a bell) before passing. Slow down when maneuvering around other trail users. Downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic; slower traffic has the right of way. Always use safe speeds and be respectful of all users.

Pets must be on a leash and kept under control. Keep pet out of the path of oncoming or passing traffi c. When possible, walk with the pet on the outer edge of the trail. Not all trails are dog-friendly, so make sure to check signage before