Fall is by far my favorite time of year for photography. Door County is a wonderful place to fall colors. Every year, the Door County fall colors photography opportunities are plentiful. There are many, many places on this peninsula where you can go and get some beautiful pictures of the changing season.
If you are planning a trip to the peninsula just for fall colors, be sure to check the Travel Wisconsin Fall Colors Report to make sure you visit at just the right time.
Here is a list of my five favorite locations around the county for fall color viewing, and fall color photography.
Five Favorite Door County Fall Colors Locations
Any State Park
Door County is lucky enough to have 5 state parks, which is pretty incredible for such a relatively small area. Any of these parks will have lots of opportunities for fall color photos. My personal favorite state park in Door County is Potawatomi State Park. There are lots of trails to hike, roads with fall color canopies, and a great lookout from the old ski hill.
View from the old ski hill at Potawatomi State Park
Sunset from the Old Ski Hill at Potawatomi State Park
Road going through Potawatomi State Park. Similar views can be found in almost all the other state parks in Door County.
View from Peninsula State Park
Horseshoe Island viewed from Peninsula State Park
Ephraim is one of the most beautiful villages in Door County and is definitely one of my favorites. The view of the village from the south side of Eagle Harbor is one of those classic views of Door County. If you go to the Ephraim Public Beach you will see this classic view of the village. In the fall, this view becomes full of color.
Ephraim in peak colors as viewed from the Ephraim Public Beach.
The “Winding Road” on Highway 42
Ah the Winding Road. Arguably one of the most popular roads in Wisconsin, and I would say easily the most photographed road in Wisconsin. Even though it’s been photographed a million times, there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a picture of this unique road for yourself.
The famous Winding Road of Door County
Cave Point County Park
Cave Point County Park is one of the best parks for photography. There is a lot of evergreen trees lining the shore that don’t change colors, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the visit. Just off the shoreline there is plenty of colors.
One of the best parts of Cave Point County Park in the fall is the location of the sun at sunrise. In the summertime the sun rises so far north that you have to angle your composition a bit. However, later in the year the sun will rise almost directly off shore from the park.
Cave Point County Park during a fall sunrise.
Just Drive Around!
My final favorite “location” is not a location at all. Just take a drive and you’ll see some Door County fall colors wherever you go. Get off the highway and explore the country roads. You’ll never know what you’re going to find. You might just stumble upon a great barn scene or hay field.
Classic road scene with beautiful fall colors.
More Door County Fall Colors Photography Tips
Would you like some tips for fall colors photo ideas? Check out my list of 14 fall colors photography tips.