We have two words for you: get outside. This is the time to take in all the color, light, and sunshine. Need some ideas? Here are our top seven picks of things to do in this fall.
1. Take a hike at Copper Falls
Copper Falls is stunning and the walking trail exquisite, plus there’s a great picnic area and historic buildings near the parking lot. The trail winds around and over two bridges, providing different perspectives of the Bad River and its tributary the Tylers Forks flowing through a gorge and over stunning waterfalls. 30 minutes south of campus.
2. Bike (or hike) at Mt. Ashwabay
Mt. Ashwabay has single-track biking trails with access to the top of the ski hill overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Whether you hike or bike, the view is one of the best in the area and worth the effort. 30 minutes from campus.
4. Enjoy a cider donut (or two)
The daily fresh apple cider donuts sold at Erickson’s Country Store are an anticipated highlight of fall. Plus the drive there takes you through the heart of Bayfield County’s orchard country. 30 minutes north of campus.
5. Go frisbee golfing
Play a round of frisbee golf on campus. It’s a great way to see campus and meet some students. Bring your own frisbees.
6. Take the ferry to Madeline Island
Enjoy great views on the twenty-five minute ferry trip from Bayfield to Madeline Island. This is a unique, inexpensive, easy way to get on the water and get the feel of the greatest of the Great Lakes. You can walk around the island on foot, or bring a vehicle if you want to explore either Big Bay State Park or Big Bay Town Park. 35 minutes from campus to the ferry dock (check the ferry schedule).
7. Visit the Black Cat
We recommend a stop at this Ashland staple in all seasons. But in autumn, their hot chai lattes are especially appealing. The Black Cat Coffeehouse offer pastries (don’t miss their cinnamon rolls) and primarily vegetarian fare, all made from scratch. Great for breakfast or lunch. 5 minutes from campus in downtown Ashland.