Discover the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

Published: August 30, 2017

One of the state’s classic fall color driving routes passes through the heart of the West Bend area. The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive traverses 115 miles of the southern and northern units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. This is beautiful country for a fall drive; the hills of these forests were formed by retreating glaciers. The rolling countryside is heavily forested with oaks, maples and aspen so it’s the perfect place to take in the fall color.

You can pick up the route on the north side of West Bend, where Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr./ N. Main St. crosses Hwy. 45. The route winds north, entering the state forest at Hwy. H. This unit of the forest covers 30,000 acres and it’s a perfect place for a fall hike; You’ll find parking on the park’s south side.

Or, simply continue your drive north and enjoy the show. The forest is a wonderland of color in the fall. Enjoy every mile of the drive, and be sure to pull over and take some photos to remember the day.

The state Department of Natural Resources has complete driving directions.