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Fall Foliage Hike at Tenderfoot Forest Reserve


View looking up the trunk of a tree into green and yellow leaves.
Tenderfoot Forest Reserve This Northwoods preserve is a great place to see some of Wisconsin’s remaining old-growth forest. © Jim Schumaker


“Of Wisconsin’s 16-plus million acres of forest, only 26,000 acres are older than 150 years…,” according to author and Northwoods naturalist John Bates. About 500 of those acres can be found at TNC’s Guido Rahr, Sr. Tenderfoot Forest Reserve near Boulder Junction.

Take in the beautiful fall colors in the Northwoods with this rare opportunity to explore the Tenderfoot Forest Reserve. John Bates will lead this exploration of one of Wisconsin's few remaining old-growth forests and highlight the plants and animals that depend on this special place.

RSVP IS REQUIRED:  Participation is capped at 15 participants. This trip is now full. We will keep a short waiting list. To join the waiting list, email Ashley at Include your full name, phone number, email address and total number of participants in your email. If we are able to add you to the trip, Ashley will email you with the details no later than the day before the trip.


The hike will be approximately two miles on an unpaved trail. Easy to moderate difficulty.

There are no restrooms at the preserve. On the way there, you can find public restrooms at the Boulder Junction Community Sports & Recreation Area behind the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 5358 Park Street (Hwy M).


We suggest you bring a refillable water bottle and a bag lunch or light snack.

We will be outdoors for the entire duration of this event; please dress for the weather. Comfortable hiking shoes with a closed toe and long pants are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be available if needed.


We will begin monitoring the weather 48 hours before the event. If heavy rain or thunderstorms are anticipated during the event, it will be canceled, and registered attendees will be notified via email.


Due to limited parking at the preserve, we will be meeting at one of the High Lake boat landings on Hwy B (map link). There is free parking in the gravel lot. From there, we will carpool to the preserve, which is about a 15-minute drive.


From Boulder Junction (a 10-minute drive):

Take Hwy M north about 4.7 miles to County Hwy B.

Take a right on B and travel for about 3.5 miles to the High Lake boat landing parking lot on the right side of the road. If you get to High Lake Road, you’ve gone too far. Look for the TNC sandwich board sign at the parking lot entrance.