Frame Worthy Backdrops: 25+ Favorite Destinations for Fall Pictures

Fall Pictures

Fall is a great time to capture a family picture (and maybe even a Christmas card-worthy shot!). Whether you snap some yourself or hire a photographer, here are some beautiful suggestions. Thanks to everyone for your help! Do you have a great recommendation we missed? Email us at or comment below.

Please note when visiting nature reserves all visitors need to respect their rules, habitats, and the wildlife residents.


  • Bubolz Nature Center
    • Address: 4815 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin
    • Hours:
      • Tuesday through Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm
      • Saturday 11 am – 4 pm
      • Sunday noon – 4 pm
  • Downtown Appleton
  • Lawrence University Campus
    • Address: 711 E John St, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Lutz Park
    • Address: 1320 S Lutz Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin
    • GVK Reader Tip:Lutz Park Appleton, tons of trees and right on the water.” -Ellie
  • Newberry Trail – Telulah Park
    • Address: 1300 E Newberry St, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Plamann Park
    • Address: 1375 E Broadway Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin
    • Hours: Daily 11 am – 6 pm

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  • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
    • Address: 1305 Plank Rd, Menasha, Wisconsin
    • Hours: Daily 6 am – 9 pm
    • Note: A permit is required for professional photography at Heckrodt.
  • Smith Park
    • Address: 301 Park St, Menasha, Wisconsin


  • Doty Park
    • Address: 701 Lincoln St, Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Downtown Neenah
  • Riverside Park
    • Address: 500 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah, Wisconsin

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Fox Cities East

  • Calumet County Park
    • Address: 6150 Co Rd EE, Hilbert, Wisconsin
  • High Cliff State Park
    • Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood
    • Hours: Daily 6 am – 11 pm
    • GVK Reader Tip:“High cliff on the trails…great color.” – Samantha
  • Sunset Park
    • Address: 101 Sunset Park Rd, Kimberly, Wisconsin
  • The Little Farmer
    • Address: N9438 US-151, Malone
    • GVK Reader Tip: “Admission is free to walk around. Lots of apple trees and fall decorations for Autumn backgrounds. Make a day of it, and enjoy all the activities with your family.”
  • 1,000 Islands
    • Address: 1000 Island St, Kaukauna
    • Hours:
      • Tuesday through Friday 8 am – 4 pm
      • Saturday 10 am – 3:30 pm
      • Sunday & Monday CLOSED

Fox Cities West

  • Hartman Creek State Park
    • Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd, Waupaca, Wisconsin
  • Jennerjohn Park, Greenville
    • Address: W6750 Rickey Ln, Greenville, Wisconsin
  • The Red Mill, Waupaca
    • Address: N2190 County Rd K, Waupaca, Wisconsin
    • Hours: Daily 7 am – 9 pm
  • Wiouwash Trail, Hortonville

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Oshkosh Area

  • EAA Grounds
    • Address: 3000 Proberezny Rd, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Terrell’s Island
    • Address: 5401 Shubert Rd, Omro, Wisconsin
  • UW Oshkosh Campus
    • Address: 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    • GVK Reader Tip: “The walkway that goes in front of the library is just gorgeous when the leaves start to change. There are great trees around Dempsey all too and even using some of the pillars. Also, some spots around the 3 “houses” on the National Register of historic places make for great backdrops. They do a great job with flower beds in general as well.” -Melanie

Green Bay Area

  • Baird’s Creek Trails
  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Address: 1660 E Shore Dr, Green Bay, Wisconsin
    • GVK Reader Tip: “Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary with the waterfall in the background or try Calumet County Park there is a nice wooden stairway near the boat landing area. High cliff is always a favorite too!” – Kaye
  • Pamperin Park
    • Address: 2801 County RK, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Way-Morr County Park
    • Address: 3832 Park Rd, Greenleaf, Wisconsin

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