Fall Colors at Virmond Park
October 24, 2022 | Topics: Places
Story and photos by Christel Maass
The fall colors were changing—and fading—too quickly. They always do.
Knowing peak foliage in parts of southeastern Wisconsin is usually mid-October, I headed to Virmond Park, which crowns a Lake Michigan bluff in Ozaukee County, for a seasonal splash—of hues—on a recent afternoon before they were gone.
I walked the trails amid the muted colors and kept my eye out for nature’s special touches. Join me for a stroll.
Unfortunately, much of the shrubbery still a bold green at this time of the year is invasive buckthorn. (It’s often removed now when it’s easy to identify.)
Perhaps nature’s way of preparing us, many leaves were adorned in winter holiday colors.
Narrower trails snake through the park’s central woodland, skirting hiding places for the white-tailed deer I saw.
Along Virmond’s southern border, the trail passes prairie.
I often monitor Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report at this time of the year. To find peak foliage, go to https://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report and plan a drive before the season fades into winter.
For more information about Virmond Park, go to our Find-a-Park page.
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Christel Maass, a newly minted Master Naturalist, loves finding nature’s cheery details, especially on days when the sun goes into hiding behind this season’s boisterous clouds.