Autumn in Southwest Wisconsin
In autumn, brightly colored leaves are highlighted by fields flooded with red as farmers prepare for the cranberry harvest, which usually takes place from late September to mid-October.
Monroe County is known as "cranberry country" and features thousands of acres of cranberries along with historic bike trails with cavernous tunnels.
Another favorite activity in the Hidden Valleys is visiting apple orchards and pumpkin fields to celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest.
If you like to hunt, you will find the region is abundant with opportunities. Leaves crackle underfoot as hunters follow winding rivers such as the great Mississippi or the Kickapoo River, which is dubbed one of the most crooked rivers in the world.
Crawford County is known as the "land of three rivers" because the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Kickapoo Rivers add to the nature beauty of the area making the county a natural wonderland.
No visit to the Hidden Valleys would be complete without a stop at one of the area¥s cheese factories to taste the best cheese in the United States. Most factories offer tours and are very generous with samples, so visit on an empty stomach.
For example, Green County is home to the nation’s only Limburger cheese factory. In addition, to the fragrant favorite a number of other cheeses from Swiss to cranberry cheddar are produced at the dozen or so factories in the county.
Whatever the season, there is always something to see and do in the Hidden Valleys. The natural beauty of our area, friendly people and rich cultural heritage combine to make our home a wonderful place to visit and live. We look forward to your visit and promise you will have a great time exploring our backyard.