Fall Activities in Wisconsin | Visit Bayfield

Photo of apples from one of the fall activities in WisconsinSummer is coming to an end, and sunshine-filled days on the water will soon be replaced with nights around cozy campfires. Whether it’s the vibrant fall foliage or the crisp autumn air, there’s something special about fall in the Midwest. Fall activities in Wisconsin are all about apple picking, celebrating Halloween, and hiking scenic trails. And there’s no better place to spend the season than Bayfield. Our Old Rittenhouse Inn provides a beautiful setting to experience fall in Wisconsin. Read on to discover what you can do in Bayfield during the spookiest season of the year:

Go Apple Picking in Bayfield

Apples have been an integral part of Bayfield’s culture for more than 100 years. That’s why every October, the town celebrates its agricultural heritage during the Bayfield Apple Festival. You will have the opportunity to tour orchards and browse over 60 food booths. And if you can’t make it to our Apple Festival, you can stop at orchards any time during the fall. Pick your apples or shop for artisanal ciders, homemade jam, apple butter, and more!

Take a Haunted History Tour

You can’t celebrate fall without experiencing a bit of fright. Learn about the spine-chilling, haunted history of Bayfield on a walking tour with American Ghost Walks. Listen to ghost stories and meet the ghosts of Lake Superior. 


The Bayfield Ghost Walk starts at the Old Courthouse on Washington Avenue. The tour can last up to two hours, so make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. Book your tour here and return to Old Rittenhouse Inn that has its fair share of ghost stories. 

Hike Through Fall Foliage

There are over 35 different hiking trails in Bayfield County for you to explore. Each trail provides a different way to experience the beauty of fall colors. One of the unique trails here is the North County Trail, the longest scenic trail in the nation. This trail starts in North Dakota and passes through Bayfield on its 4,600-mile journey through eight states. Bayfield is also home to several waterfalls, which are great for leaf-peeping. Browse the trails below to find the best route for your skill level. 

Find all of the trails in the Bayfield area here and check the Wisconsin fall color report here.

Stay at Our Bed and Breakfast in Bayfield WI

Visit Bayfield and experience some of the best fall activities in Wisconsin. From our annual Apple Festival to haunted walking tours, Bayfield is the perfect place to spend the season. Stay in one of our guest rooms at Old Rittenhouse Inn and enjoy whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and Lake Superior views. Our Queen Anne Victorian mansion features 12 unique luxury suites, all with distinctive style and charm. Browse our accommodations here to find the ideal room for your Wisconsin fall getaway.