Fall Colors 2015
Color is winding down around the Region; therefore, this will be the last fall color update for the 2015 season. Please stay tuned to our website for winter recreation information. There are lots of fun activities to do in the Eastern Region after the leaves have fallen and the snow begins to blanket the trees.
Hoosier National Forest
The Hoosier is now well past peak fall color. You can still catch a glimpse of the maples vibrant hues, but those with leaves are few and far between.
Even though colors are waning, there is still a lot to do in and around the Forest. Now that the leaves are mostly down and ticks are burrowed in for the winter, it’s a great time for a fall and/or winter hike. You can enjoy the Forest and discover new views. How about a horseback or mountain bike ride? Horses love the cooler weather, and you can enjoy your ride without the mugginess and heat of a southern Indiana summer. Please, remember hunters also share the Forest, so be sure to wear your bright orange!
Are you adventurous? How about a winter campout? Several of the Hoosier’s campgrounds remain open all year-round. Give us a call at (812) 275-5987 or 1-866-302-4173, and we will help you find that perfect spot!
Hiawatha National Forest
We are past peak color as the majority of our leaves are now on the ground. Soon the Forest will be covered in a beautiful blanket of snow, and a whole new set of recreation opportunities will abound!
Ottawa National Forest
Visitors of the Ottawa have enjoyed a long mild fall; however winter is not far off. With no bugs present, it’s the perfect time for a leisurely hike throughout the Forest.
Once winter arrives, there are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities available on the Ottawa. With almost a million acres, there is sure to be something for everyone on the beautiful snow covered landscape. Winter recreation opportunities include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and winter camping; some details are provided below:
- There are approximately 450 miles of groomed snowmobile trails within the Forest’s Proclamation Boundaries.
- Generally, snowmobile season runs Dec. 1 through March 30 on groomed snowmobile trails and unplowed Forest roads.
- cross-country ski enthusiasts can enjoy groomed trails on almost every District of the Forest. For those who wish to backcountry ski, our three Wilderness areas provide a great opportunity to ski ungroomed trails.
- There are no specific trails designated for snowshoeing in the Ottawa, however with a map and compass a person can go almost anywhere on the Forest.
- While most of the campgrounds have been closed for the winter, winter camping enthusiasts can enjoy those that remain open throughout the winter months with no services provided or camping fees charged.
Reminder, its hunting season, so please wear hunter orange when out and about on the Forest. For more information on recreation opportunities, visit our website.
Superior National Forest
The fall color season has ended on the Superior. Late fall colors of grays and browns dominate the landscape, punctuated by the green of conifers and mosses. We await the first snow to change the forest to whites, blues and silvers. It is always color season in the woods, and there’s always something to do! The Forest has many opportunities for winter sport enthusiasts.
Fall colors are past peak in metro Milwaukee. Rain and wind this past week have continued to bring leaves down and at least 50 percent of the trees are bare. Some maples are hanging on to their leaves, in the full range of colors—green, yellow, orange and red. Oaks are turning brown, while Ginko trees, planted as street ornamentals, are bright gold.
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