The Best Fall Weekend

Whether you're hiking the Ice Age Trail (IAT) for the Mammoth Hike Challenge or have an obsession with all things spooky, fall in Whitewater, WI is unbeatable.

Here are your weekend must-dos.

Where to stay:

Kettle Moraine Cabin at Pine Knolls - Nestled in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, this uniquely Whitewater cabin is a perfect little getaway near Whitewater Lake.

Not a camper? Stay at Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast - Charming historic B&B in downtown Whitewater with a spooky past.

Day One

Late-Morning Arrival:


Hike Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook and the IAT Blackhawk Segment

Bald Bluff - moderately challenging 1-1.5mi climb from parking lot to the overlook and back.

Blackhawk Segment - easy to moderate 7mi point-to-point trail.

If you would rather do an easier section of the trail through woods, prairie, and past Lake La Grange, park at the trailhead off Hwy 12 and hike to Duffin Rd.



Avant Cycle Cafe - Pop into this fresh lunch spot for incredibly delicious, build-your-own sandwiches and a coffee.


Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center art exhibit. High potential for spooky art by local artists! Check their website for the latest show.



Whiney's Wine & Beer Haus at The Fuzzy Pig - Wood-fired pizza and wine or a cocktail in Whitewater's countryside. Live music every Friday and Saturday evenings.


Shockwave Haunts at The Fuzzy Pig - "Takes fear to a new level and shocks your senses like you never expected." Ready to be scared out of your mind? These haunts are for you.

Day Two



The Cafe - Delight in an open faced toast with delicious toppings and their fall beverage of the month. 


The Book Teller - Enjoy local art, photography, authors, and products as well as a wide selection of gently used books.



Hike the Whitewater Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail - This challenging 4.5mi point-to-point segment is gorgeous during the fall. If you don't have time for the whole thing, turn around at Hwy P.

Late Lunch

841 Brewhouse - Refuel for the rest of your day with a big ole plate of food and in-house brewed beer from this family-friendly brewpub.



Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin - Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life at this always spooky, sometimes scary, Halloween event.

Late Night Eats

Rosa's Pizza - Yummy pizza and ice cream delivered to you to satisfy any late night cravings.

Day Three


Pack up and check out.


Jessica's Family Restaurant - Only the best, stick-to-your ribs, classic diner around with coffee refills that just keep on comin'.


Meander the trails at Whitewater Nature Preserve

Plan your weekend around one of these two favorite fall events: Storytelling Festival or Spirit Tour!


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