12 Best Rustic Roads To See The Fall Colors

Top 12 Rustic Roads

Northwest Wisconsin has some of the most beautiful and iconic fall foliage views in the world. Plan your fall road-trips around these 12 Rustic Roads and scenic routes for some jaw-dropping views that will leave you captivated and wanting more.

County Road H

Burnett County
County Road H is a beautiful drive. It is located south of 70 in the Timberland Hills area. There are sweeping curves and rolling hills that will keep your eyes captivated (Just be sure to pay close attention to the road and your surroundings, too!)

Hwy 13

Bayfield County
During your scenic fall driving tour follow Hwy 13 and the Lake Superior shore north to Bayfield, a quaint harbor town with a great fall vacation vibe. Bayfield is also the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; 21 gem-like coastal islands and 12 miles of mainland that are home to six lighthouses, labyrinthine sea caves, terrific blue-water sailing, and some of the best sea kayaking in the world.

Rustic Road #108

Sawyer County

This route meanders through the Sawyer County Forest and is bordered by many species of trees which provide countless photo opportunities to view stunning bright orange, yellow and red fall leaves and breathtaking lake shores.

Rustic Road #114

Rusk County
In Northwestern Wisconsin Rustic Road #114 will take you deep into the Blue Hills of Rusk County. This area is the remnants of a mountain range older than the Rockies. The reason for the name is immediately apparent to anyone who travels into the area. When you drive into the area in the morning, you can see the hills receding into the distance in various shades of blue.

Roads 77 and GG

Ashland County

The Rustic Road for Ashland County is 77 and GG

Driving from the south on highway 13  take 77 to the east just past Glidden. Travel about 15 miles and then at Clam Lake turn north onto GG for a fun afternoon ride.  GG ends in Mellen and head north on Highway 13 to Ashland.

Driving from the north on highway 13 from Ashland travel to Mellen and turn right or east on GG.  Follow GG to Clam Lake and turn west or left to Glidden where you pick up Highway 13 again.

Chippewa Trail Map Below

Chippewa County
Chippewa County has some of the most awe-inspiring views from Brunet Island to Otter Lake and more. Click the "Learn More" button to view a trail map for the best views in Chippewa County.

SW Route - Self Guided Tour

Washburn County
SW Route Begin at 122 N River Street, Follow 63 N for 1.5 miles, Turn Left on Hwy A, travel 11.4 miles, Turn Left on Hwy G, travel 1.9 miles, Turn Left on Hwy H, travel 9.5 miles, Turn Left on Sand Road, travel 8.1 miles, Turn Left on 63, travel 6.4 miles TOTAL TRIP: Approximately 39 Miles.

Highway 13

Douglas County
This highway, just south of Superior travels west along the south shore of Lake Superior.  The road, beautiful all year long, transforms in fall as it winds through the Northwoods with Lake Superior never far from view!

Rustic Road 83

Barron County
Find Rustic Road 83 in Barron County. Hint: It’s in the Town of Bear Lake and is on Narrow Gauge Road. This route winds through 4,100 acres of Barron County forest land, which intersects the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Tuscobia State Trail

Price County

A mix of history and scenic beauty, the Tuscobia State Trail is a 74-mile abandoned railroad grade that provides beautiful color in the fall. The trail itself is great for hiking, ATV & UTV riding, snowmobiling, horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking and canoeing; but if you would rather drive follow Hwy 13 west on County Road E for great views.

Bedrock Glades State Natural Area

Polk County
Follow Hwy 35 for some beautiful views. Pass by Bedrock Glades State Natural Area in Polk County and cross over the Willow River in St. Croix County.

County Road G to H

Iron County
County G located in Iron County travels from the Michigan / Wisconsin border south to County H to Mercer.  Wisconsin’s 100th Rustic Road features numerous lakes and waterways, wildflowers and wildlife, including deer and wolves.  The route follows part of the historic Flambeau Trail -- Iron County’s first transportation route serving Native Americans.
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