What's better than fall color? Fall color in a city studded with glittering lakes and its surrounding state parks and nature areas.

Visit Madison during the fleeting days of fall, and you'll be in a splendor of vibrant colors in and around the city. Here are some of the most beautiful fall color nature spots both in and outside of Madison. (But, honestly, there are so many, that this is just the shortlist!)

Pro Tip: Peep Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report for down-to-the-minute updates on the status of Madison's fall color.

In Madison

15-minute drive or less from Downtown Madison

6,000 acres of nature with reds, yellows, and auburns — an experience you can (easily) have without traveling too far.


🍁1. UW-Madison Arboretum


🍁2. Yahara River Area

Tenney Park Yahara Place Park


🍁3. Olbrich Botanical Gardens


🍁4.  Warner Park


🍁5. Picnic Point

Outside of Madison

25-minute to 1-hour drive from Downtown Madison

Drive. Hike. Stroll. Or roll. These are some of the best fall color views that are totally worth the trip.


🍂 6. Pheasant Branch Conservancy 


🍂 7. Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area


🍂 8. Governor Dodge State Park


🍂 9. Devil’s Lake


🍂 10. Blue Mound State Park

Bonus spots!

A few hidden gems...

🍂 Indian Lake County Park

🍂 Holy Wisdom Monastery


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