New Routes Added to Marinette Co. Color Tour

Marinette County’s Fall Color Tour has kicked off, featuring three self-guided driving tours and two ATV/UTV routes.  The color tour runs now through Oct. 31.
“For those traveling by automobile, we’ve put together three self-paced itineraries for fall color-seekers to explore Marinette County’s peak locations, including stunning waterfalls; picturesque parks; scenic hiking trails and canopied backroads,” commented Marinette County development and tourism director Jennifer Short.  “New this year, for those traveling by ATV or UTV, we have two suggested routes which will immerse riders into some of Wisconsin’s finest, most scenic ATV/UTV trails, including stops at waterfalls.”
Automobile routes include:
Wine, Cheese and Wildlife Route | Green Maple Leaf Route Coleman - Marinette:
The 70 mile Wine, Cheese and Wildlife Tour begins at US 141 and County M in Coleman, where guests can shop the Front Porch Market (Mon. – Sat.) for tasty Wisconsin cheese.  Follow the southern Marinette County route to admire a rustic canopied road, watch for wildlife in the hardwood lined fields and hike the Prairie Trail at Harmony Arboretum. Stop for wine at Forgotten Fire Winery then drive the Green Bay shoreline to conclude the tour in the City of Marinette, which boasts a number of shopping and dining options.      
All Things Autumn Route | Yellow Maple Leaf Route | Niagara:
Experience All Things Autumn on this 28 mile route, beginning at Riverside Park in the city of Niagara.  Savor the magical aroma of fall with a one mile hike on the Riverside Trail system along the beautiful Menominee River. As the tour descends south, stop for pictures at the Niagara bluffs and the photo booth at Long Slide County Park.  Hike the natural shore of the Pemebonwon River to see how many waterfalls and rapids you can find.  Complete your autumn experience with a stops at Swanson’s Big Red Barn for pumpkins and a corn maze (Saturdays) and at Pleasant View Orchard for crisp apples and fresh bakery.  
WaterFALL Route | Red Maple Leaf Route | Amberg - Crivitz:
The WaterFALL Tour begins at Dave’s Falls, just off Highway 141 near Amberg, heads west to Strong Falls inside Goodman Park and south down scenic Rustic Road 32 to McClintock Rapids. The tour continues south to Thunder Mountain Overlook where guests can hike the trails and take photos with harvest décor arranged throughout the park.  The final stop on the tour is nearby Veteran’s Falls. In addition to the county parks, the 141 Overlook is included near the start of the route between Wausaukee and Amberg.  Stops on the scenic 65 mile route provide visitors with the opportunity to hike trails, enjoy the waterfalls up close and explore the mature hardwood beauty of each park.
ATV/UTV routes include:
Tall Timbers ATV/UTV Ride |  Orange Pumpkin Route | Athelstane, Silver Cliff, Goodman, Dunbar:

ATV/UTV riders will immerse themselves in the heart of fall colors as they travel across miles of forested, groomed trails with stops at Strong Falls, McClintock Rapids and Twelve Foot Falls. Park and ride options are available in Athelstane or Dunbar.
Riverview Ride | Blue Pumpkin Route | Pembine, Niagara:
Wind through the curves, hills and valleys of these beautifully groomed trails, stop and enjoy the thundering rush of Long Slide and Smalley Falls as you take in the vibrant fall colors. Allow time for photos at the waterfalls and along the banks of the Menominee River.  A park and ride is available on Barlow Lake Road, just off US141 north of Pembine.   
Fall Colors Driving Tour maps include route details, step-by-step directions (automobile routes), points of interest along the way, and are available online at ExploreMarinetteCounty.com or Explore Marinette County’s “Fall Color Tour – Marinette County” Facebook event.  They can be picked up at the Marinette Welcome Center, Peshtigo Chamber Information Center, the tourist information booth in Crivitz, Marinette County parks on the routes, and many businesses throughout the county.  In addition to the maps, colored maple leaf road signs and pumpkin ATV/UTV route signs mark the way for visitors.  
There is no cost to participate, however a $5 day pass (cash only) is required for entry to Marinette County parks.  Passes are available at any Marinette County park entrance and are valid for entrance to all county parks on the day of purchase.

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