Best Places to Check Out Fall Colors in Green Bay | Discover Green Bay
As the summer heat begins to wane and the crisp breeze of autumn fills the air, there’s no better time to explore the vibrant tapestry of fall colors in Green Bay and the surrounding areas. Nature enthusiasts and leaf-peepers alike will find breathtaking colors all over our city and beyond – oaks adorned in rich red and brown, birch trees bathed in yellows, dogwood branches blushing shades of purple and red, poplar trees in resplendent gold, and palette of orange, red, and yellow maples.
According to the Fall Color Report from Travel Wisconsin, the best time to catch the nature show is during the third week of October (which would be the 15th-21st), so lace up those hiking boots, hop on your bike, or grab some car snacks! Here’s our list of the best places to enjoy the season’s colors!
Located on the city’s east side on Larsen Road, the Green Bay Botanical Garden is a great place to see an array of fall colors without leaving the city. The pathways through the beautifully curated gardens and wooded trails provide a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely stroll, a photo op, or just plopping down in a peaceful spot to savor the sights of the season.
Encompassing 290 acres of natural wonder and more than 6 miles of public trails, the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum at UW-Green Bay is a fall treasure. The arboretum offers a serene escape where visitors can enjoy a leisurely hike, bird-watching, a bike ride along the asphalt and crusher dust trails, and of course, a stunning view of the vibrant fall foliage.
Step back in time and immerse yourself in Green Bay’s fall colors (and rich history) at Heritage Hill State Historical Park. Spanning 56 acres along the scenic banks of the Fox River, Heritage Hill offers easy walking trails to take in the fall colors or guided group tours on foot or by tram. Plus, you’ll get to learn a little bit about how Green Bay got its start along the way!
For those looking to enjoy the fall colors alongside their best furry friends, head over to the Brown County Dog Park. This canine haven is heavily wooded and provides specially fenced areas designed for off-leash frolics. Open year-round from 8:00am until sunset, this dog-friendly paradise spans approximately 4 acres, complete with sections catering to both small and large dogs. And really, what’s more adorable than watching your four-legged friends play in the fall leaves?
The L. H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico is a sprawling 920-acre natural sanctuary steeped in history. Once the hunting, fishing, and camping grounds of prehistoric indigenous tribes, this preserve now houses a diverse array of waterfowl, wildlife, plant species, and of course, amazing fall colors! There are 9 miles of picturesque hiking trails winding through marshes and forests, plus a unique Sensory Woods, created to connect people with all abilities to the sensations of nature.
Nestled on the outskirts of Green Bay, Pamperin Park is the largest developed park in the Brown County Park System. Its sprawling expanse features rolling hills, serene woodlands, and the gently meandering Duck Creek. The park also boasts a massive 17,000 sq. ft. children’s playground and an 18-hole disc golf course through the woods, making it a perfect place to bring the family on a fall day.
Just a stone’s throw away from Green Bay proper and the neighboring NEW Zoo & Adventure Park, the Brown County Reforestation Camp includes nearly 1,600 acres of pristine woodlands, trails, and peaceful bodies of water. With 6.5 miles of trails crisscrossing the Reforestation Camp, outdoor lovers can enjoy a leisurely fall foliage journey on foot, bike, or even on horseback — you just have to bring your own horse. 😉
Starting from downtown Green Bay and ending on Ott Road just north of Hilbert, the Fox River trail winds its way alongside the beautiful Fox River for 25 miles along a former rail corridor. For the first 11 miles (from the north trailhead in Green Bay) the trail is paved with asphalt. Then it transitions to crushed limestone as it meanders south into Calumet County. As you stroll along the trail, be sure to stop at one of the many overlooks or local parks to take in the fall foliage and the river.
You don’t have to go far to get the best view of the vibrant fall colors! The greater Green Bay area boasts a wealth of stunning city parks, making it a paradise during the fall season. With an abundance of natural beauty to explore, it’s challenging to pick just one favorite. Each park holds its own unique charm, promising unforgettable moments amidst the vibrant colors of fall. Here are some of our top recommendations:
2280 Town Hall Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
1900 S Point Road
Green Bay, WI 54313
3100 Sitka St
Green Bay, WI 54311
100 William St
De Pere, WI 54115
3666 Whistable Way
Howard, WI 54313
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Up For A Longer Journey?
For those who don’t mind a bit of a drive (or bike ride), there are lots of options just outside the Green Bay area where you can take in some spectacular fall views. Check out the DOT’s interactive Rustic Roads map and plan a trip through scenic back roads and charming country lanes, or head northeast to Door County and get some dramatic coastal views all the way up the peninsula. And if you crave the rustic beauty of the North Woods, venture even further to discover the pristine wilderness and spectacular scenic fall landscapes that await you there!