Fall Colors in Tree City USA

10/21/2017 - Jared Rasmussen

Sports & Outdoors
Fall Colors in Kenosha WI  - Tree City USA
Fall Colors in Kenosha WI  - Tree City USA

Crisp air, football, and the superfluous addition of pumpkin spice into darn near everything are some of the things that make autumn my favorite season of the year.  These all play second fiddle to the real show-stopper, though, and the reason Americans also call the season “fall” – the changing colors of foliage, and the kaleidoscopic turn of the leaves before they fall from the trees!

In Kenosha, we are blessed to have acres full of a large variety of different species of trees.  In fact, Kenosha is one of 3,400 cities and towns across the country to be named “Tree City USA,” a moniker awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation for communities whose local officials enact laws and reserve part of the budget for the conservation of trees.  An early adopter in the program, Kenosha has been a friend of trees for 35 years.  Perhaps you’ve seen the signs and flags around town, like the one below.  (Fun fact:  Wisconsin has 193 Tree Cities USA, second only to Ohio for the most in the nation!)

With all of these trees, Kenosha is an eventful destination for watching the colors turn.  According to the Fall Color Report on, our town is only 25% toward its color peak with the most color still to occur in the fourth week of October.  Below are some of my picks for where to catch the action.  Grab your favorite sweater and cup of cider, and let’s go color-watching at these or any of Kenosha’s other tree-full parks and community hubs!

Petrifying Springs Park

Right near the nature sanctuary above, Petrifying Springs has parks of all sorts:  pavilions, playgrounds, dog parks, and even a golf course.  Even driving from one site to the next on the park’s winding roads should give tree-watchers an eyeful of fall colors.

Carthage College

The Carthage College campus is home to the Alice Moody Chapin Arboretum and Phil Sanders Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary. Per its sustainability report, the college plants about 20 new trees each year from a variety of species.  Though a private campus, the public is welcome on the path that goes through the arboretum.  Many trees have name plates.  The campus also has a newly resurfaced football stadium and redesigned bleachers and press box, so you can watch a football game with trees in the sightline on the horizon.

Pringle Nature Center

Toward the county’s west end, Bristol Woods County Park maintains a number of winding hiking trails.  The most densely forested of the locations listed here, it is well worth the travel for city folk who want to see nature’s art display at its peak! Pringle Nature Center is a great venue for outdoor adventure seekers and nature-lovers year-round.

Kenosha County is home to well over 100 parks, too many to list here – all with their own unique views and charm. And all wtih trees and foliage to enjoy throughout all four seasons. Our area is especially beautiful in the fall, though. With all these options, you’ll have to get busy leaf peepin’ to enjoy every spot before the color and beauty are gone! It doesn’t last long – so quit reading and get out there!

Jared Rasmussen

Community Blogger

Carthage College Graduate. Kenosha Resident by way of Racine.  Roommate to Allie, the cat. Living near HarborPark. Interests include art, animals, sports, music, and dining at Kenosha restaurants.