Set amongst Wisconsin’s scenic Driftless Area, Mount Horeb is a great place for a fall escape. One of the most popular activities here is troll-hunting along the Trollway. More than two dozen fancifully carved trolls are scattered around town, where they may be seen playing the accordion, hiking or reminding you to brush your teeth. Find them on your own, or grab a troll map at the visitor center.
Still have energy after your troll hunt? Then take a hike at Brigham, Donald or Stewart Lake county parks. Brigham is known for its panoramic views of the Wisconsin River Valley, while Donald boasts intriguing rocky outcrops. At Stewart Lake, water is the key attraction. Nearby, Blue Mound State Park boasts miles of trail and two viewing towers that afford expansive views of the surrounding terrain.
The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail connects Fitchburg and Dodgeville, allowing plenty of options for a scenic stroll or ride. If you head west to Blue Mounds, you can check out Cave of the Mounds, which offers one-hour guided tours of its colorful crystal formations. The property also features hiking trails, a bird observation area and a stunning prairie restoration site.
Relax afterwards with a fall chairlift ride at Tyrol Basin. Viewing the Driftless Area’s rolling hills ablaze in color from up high is an experience you won’t forget. On the way back, snag some fresh produce at Linstroth’s Valley View Farm (pumpkins and squash), Munchkey Apples (more than a dozen varieties) or Sutter’s Ridge Farm (apples, pumpkins and a corn maze).
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest
Sept. 10, Grundahl Park
Sample more than 125 beers from 30 brewers. There is also food, music, entertainment and more.
Fall Village Market
Oct. 1-2, Downtown Mount Horeb
Snag some gifts for yourself or others at this carefully curated selection of crafters and vintage peddlers. During market hours, you may purchase an adult beverage in one of the downtown restaurants or pubs and sip as you go.
Witches’ Night Out
Dress up like a witch or warlock for this popular midweek event, then shop, dine or simply hang with your friends.
Terror at Tyrol
Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Halloween
This spooky outdoor attraction begins with a chairlift ride to the top of the hill, followed by 35 to 45 minutes of winding your way through four different haunted areas.
Up to 50% off previously-owned vintage and modern jewelry during Fall Village Market.
Cave of the Mounds
For $3 plus a ticket, get a reusable cloth bag and trick-or- treat for crystals and fossils in the cave.
McFee on Main
Birthday sale Sept. 24-30.
Skal Public House
Cranberry mule cocktails and pumpkin spice old fashioneds.
Plan your visit at trollway.com