by Samantha Haas
on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 8:14am.
As the seasons change from summer to fall, be sure to catch the leaves turn into their brilliant red, orange, and yellow hues. Check back for updates using the fall color report map at TravelWisconsin.com, which estimates that the Madison area will reach peak in mid-October. There are several spots throughout our Dane County Parks that we recommend for autumn color viewing, but these three stand out for their elevated, expansive views of the tree-filled landscape.
Lake View Hill Park
1202 Northport Dr., Madison: This park is home to the highest point on Madison's north side with gorgeous views of Lake Mendota and downtown. After meandering around the Dane County Human Services building (the former sanatorium) and checking out the newly restored fountain, you can also be surrounded by falling leaves on a short hiking trail through the neighboring woods. (Photo by Samantha Haas)
5169 Reeve Road, Mazomanie: Dane County's newest park, donated by benefactor Steve Morton, features nearly 114 acres in the Driftless Area with about two miles of year-round hiking trails. There are two scenic overlooks with bench shelters where you can take in the autumnal beauty overlooking Blue Mound, the highest point in the region. The view is absolutely worth the uphill hike! (Photo by Peter Gorman)
3160 County Hwy. F, Blue Mounds: As the road curves near this entrance of this park, you'll be greeted by sweeping views and treetops of the Wisconsin River Valley. On a clear day you can even see the Baraboo Hills in the distance. The park also includes trails that weave around the campsites and into a mature sugar maple forest, so you're sure to find color by foot, car, and even bike. (Photo by Justin Lackner)