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.
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.
🍁2. Yahara River Area
Tenney Park Yahara Place Park
🍁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.
🍂 9. Devil’s Lake
🍂 10. Blue Mound State Park
A few hidden gems...
If that's not enough fall color to get you in that fall mindset, how about checking out a few of these breathtaking fall hikes in Madison.