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Find fall adventures in Rusk County

Rusk County is beautiful when the leaves change, and it's a great time to beat the crowds and take in some stunning fall scenery. Here's a look at a few ways to make the most of your fall getaway, whether you're exploring Ladysmith or the far reaches of Rusk County.

Get out and play

Rusk County's wonderful fall color provides a perfect backdrop to Rusk County's abundant options for outdoor recreation. Bring your canoe or kayak to explore the county's four wild rivers: the Chippewa, the Flambeau, the Jump and the Thornapple. Each provides its own unique experiences for paddlers, whether you're looking for some swift rapids or a gentler ride.

Want to swing the clubs instead? Rusk County is home to some great golf courses, and families can find a couple of mini-golf courses to explore as well.

Take in the colors

But you don't have to be on the links or on the water to see wonderful fall colors. Just hop in your car and head out on Rusk County's scenic roadways. One route you shouldn't miss is Rustic Road 114, which travels through the Blue Hills between County Highways O and F northwest of Bruce. The road passes several scenic spots, including Perch, Audie and Bucks Lake and the Murphy Flowage.

If you're in the Blue Hills on the weekend of the annual Leaf it to Rusk County Fall Festival, head to Christie Mountain (a popular skiing and snowboarding destination in the winter) for a fall color chair lift rides. It's a great way to get a stunning view of the colorful Rusk County landscape.

Sample seasonal treats

Fall is harvest season, so that means it's one of the best times of the year to visit Rusk County's farmers markets. The Rusk County Farmers Market is held from noon to 4 pm Wednesdays and 8:30 am to noon Saturdays at Highway 8 and 2nd Street East in Ladysmith, and the Bruce Community Farmers Market takes place from noon to 5 pm Fridays in front of the Bruce Telephone Company in Bruce.

You can get a taste of the season at Ladysmith's Heart of the North Brewing Company, too. Located on Highway 27 just south of Ladysmith, this recent addition to northwestern Wisconsin's beer scene is home to some innovative craft beers--including seasonal favorites--made with locally sourced ingredients. (If you're hungry, be sure to order one of their wood-fired pizzas.)