In a recent post on his outdoor adventures blog, Matt Villano touts the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest as an ideal destination for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.
Close to the state's largest population center, the trails in the Northern Kettle are within an easy drive for hundreds of thousands.
As Villano, the American Outdoors Expert notes: "At this time of year, hiking and biking are the best bets, especially since certain park entrances have been closed for the season. Exploring the landscape by these means affords visitors an opportunity to appreciate autumn’s splendor; rangers report that blackbirds and geese have been flocking in recent weeks, and that goldenrod, black-eyed susans and other fall flowers are in full bloom."
His top hiking picks in the Northern Kettle are the Parnell Loop, the Lake-to-Lake Bike Trai, and the Greenbush Loop Trail.
Surprisingly, he makes little mention of the Ice Age Trail, which snakes through the 30,000-acre forest and connects to those hiking options.
Check out this calendar of events organized by the Washington/Ozaukee Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance to find group outings, including a special hunting season hike on Nov. 19.