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Fall Must-Dos in Black River Country

Monday, September 30, 2013

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  • Visit Cain’s Orchard: This Hixton orchard has apples galore. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to pick your own, they’ve got Honeygold and Cortland apples. If you prefer pre-picked, you can choose from Honeycrisp, Northwest Greening, Honeygold, Spartan, Wolfriver, Sweet 16 and Cortland varieties. They’re open seven days a week 9am-7pm and you can hitch a tractor and wagon ride into the orchard on the weekends.
  • Paddling the Black River: A unique way to enjoy fall color, a paddle down the Black River can be incredibly refreshing. The Black River offers stunning scenery and few rapids, so it’s a safe bet for the whole family.
  • Fall drive on Rustic Road #54: Running through forests and pine tree plantations within the Black River State Forest, Rustic Road #54 is one of the area’s most scenic drives. The 12.3-mile route passes Pigeon Creek Campground and numerous flowages in the Dike 17 recreation area, where miles of marshes are visible. This area is one of the best bird-watching locations in Jackson County. Sandhill cranes, bald eagles, ducks, geese and other wildlife are abundant, as is the variety of plant life.
  • Biking the Black River State Forest: This state forest offers 24 miles of designated mountain biking trails that will take you through scenic pine and oak forests with terrain to challenge every level of biker.

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