Hayward, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- It's that time of year when people head north, searching for that perfect stretch of country road to enjoy a season in transition. The spectacle of leaves changing guarantees patrons to the Northland, buying up gas, food, and local goods.
But, for some, the best way to view fall colors may be to get off the beaten path.
Leaves of gold, red, and orange turn into greenbacks every Fall in Sawyer County.
The foliage attracts tourists from all over, to take in what the season in the Northland is really about.
Those traveling by car spread the wealth around.
"The economic impact to the area is widespread in the Hayward natural recreation of different businesses; it's a great time to come," said Kevin Ruetten with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.
Near the Chequmanegon National Forest in Sawyer County, the leaves are beating out the rest of Northwest Wisconsin, positioning the region for plenty of leaf peepers the fall.
Sawyer County has 88 Kilometers of trials for hiking and biking, maintained by the American Birkenbeiner Association, a perfect way to stretch those legs, and see the fall colors.
"People do like to use the trails to see the leaves because you can drive through some of these beautiful areas, you can see a lot from your car but I think nothing beats hanging out among the trees, seeing the color, hearing the sounds, even like you might be hearing right now, the winds going through the trees and the sun coming through on certain days," said Susan Kenerick with the American Birkebeiner.