Dreaming of fall scenery? You’ll find it in Middleton, which is home to scenic parks and natural areas, a wonderful trail system, and outstanding options for outdoor recreation. Here’s a guide to help you find the best fall color this season.
Check out our fall color reports
Before you get started, visit our fall color report to get the most up-to-date information. In southern Wisconsin, fall color usually peaks in mid- to late-October, so be sure to check back regularly for the latest conditions.
Find a spot to see fall color
Middleton is home to wonderful parks and trails that are perfect places to take in southern Wisconsin’s fall color show. Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a 550-acre protected area that contains a rich mix of woodlands, restored prairie and marshlands. At Tiedeman Pond Conservancy Area, you’ll find a restored wetland and the 25-acre Tiedeman’s pond, a welcoming destination for birds in fall.
Here are some other fall color hotspots in and around Middleton:
Plan an outdoor picnic
Fall can bring some nice days to Middleton, so check out this list of Middleton restaurants to see where you can pick up a to-go meal for a picnic lunch. Grab some delicious food and head to one of the city’s many parks, visit the expansive Pheasant Branch Conservancy, or find a picnic table at Stone Horse Green or the Terrace Avenue Pavilion downtown.
Find a place to play
Middleton’s fall colors are also a good backdrop for your outdoor activities here. Play around with scenic views of Lake Mendota and the Wisconsin State Capitol at Pleasant View Golf Course, bring your pup for some playtime at MRD Dog Exercise Area, or launch your canoe, kayak or pontoon boat on Lake Mendota from the Lake Street Boat Launch. Find more recreation options here.