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There aren't a lot of places to get up high in Wisconsin.  

The glaciers took care of most of our mountains thousands of years ago. The state's highest point, Timm's Hill, juts up just 1,951.5 feet in Price County. 

But almost 2,000 feet is more than enough to provide a panoramic view of Wisconsin's best seasonal display: the changing leaves.  

Hiking among them is great, but for the full show, you need to climb.  

And Timm's Hill isn't the only place to do it. As color starts to reach peak across Wisconsin over the next few weeks, check out these 13 spots for seeing fall colors from on high. Don't put off your trip — leaves are already nearing peak in some parts of the state, and the autumnal display will be over as fast as it started. 

1. Timm's Hill, Ogema: An observation tower at this county park makes Wisconsin's highest point even higher. The hike to the tower isn't particularly difficult, so follow it with a walk along the 1.5-mile Timm's Lake Trail for views of the forest from below. The 10-mile Timm's Hill National Trail connects the hill with the Ice Age Trail in Taylor County to the south (note the southernmost two miles are closed Sept. 1-Dec. 31). 

2. Mountain Lookout Tower, Mountain: This Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest tower, built in 1935, is the last remaining from a network of towers used to spot fires in the early 20th century. Now the 100-foot structure provides 360-degree views of the surrounding forest, whose eastern Nicolet side covers 661,400 acres. 

3. Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds: The highest point in southern Wisconsin calls for two observation towers to take in the views. One is perched on the east side of the 1,719-foot mound; the other on the west. 

4. Pike Lake, Hartford: While everyone else is waiting in line to climb the tower and elbowing for views at Holy Hill, head about seven miles north for similar views from the observation tower at Pike Lake. This unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is likely to be less crowded and also has seven trails to hike ranging from under a mile to just over four. The 2.4-mile Orange loop will take you to the tower, which is perched on Powder Hill, a glacial kame that rises above a forest dense with maples, ablaze in yellow in the fall.  

5. Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area, Stockholm: State natural areas are more rustic by nature, so you'll have to work a little for this bird's-eye view. From the parking area, follow social trails and old logging roads west and north to a lookout on a 400-foot bluff above the Mississippi River.  

The natural area itself is mostly restored oak savanna (i.e., not a ton of trees), but the bluffs to the south are covered in foliage. The Great River Road wraps around them below, and raptors soar on the thermals above. If you're lucky, you might spot a peregrine falcon — this is one of only six spots in the state where they naturally nest.  

Your GPS will probably take you to a sign marking the bluff from below. To hike the actual bluff, follow Spring St. (County Road J) north out of Stockholm. Turn west onto County Road E, then west on Long Lane. The parking area is at the end of the road. 

6. Holy Hill, Hubertus: This is one of the most popular spots in southeastern Wisconsin for viewing fall colors. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians sits atop the more than 1,300-foot Holy Hill, with views extending for 30 miles, including all the way to Milwaukee to the southeast. Visitors can climb the stairs to the top of one of the Basilica's towers for even better views. Go early on weekends or during the week to avoid the biggest crowds.

7. North Point Lighthouse, Milwaukee: If you're short on time to see the changing leaves, North Point is a good spot for a quick dose of fall. Climb the 74-foot tower for views of leafy Lake Park, Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee. It's open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for kids ages 5 to 11.  

RELATED: 15 spots to see fall colors in the Milwaukee area

8. Nelson Dewey State Park, Cassville: Wyalusing State Park about 30 miles north gets more attention (and rightly so, it's a gorgeous park), but little Nelson Dewey has stunning bluff-top views, too, with fewer crowds. Hike the short, linear trails — they range from 0.2 to 0.6 miles — for views of the Mississippi River from a 500-foot bluff, then pitch a tent at one of the four walk-in campsites along the bluff. All boast unobstructed views of the river, and site C will give you a view of the setting sun. Bring ear plugs — trains rumble on the tracks below through the night. 

9. Roche-A-Cri State Park, Friendship: Climb the steps to the top of the 300-foot Roche-A-Cri mound for views of other rock outcroppings scattered among the changing leaves below. The mound also has ancient petroglyphs and pictographs scrawled into its tan rock base. The main gate to the park closes Oct. 10; visitors can still access the site from a parking lot off Czech Ave. on the south end of the park (state parks admission stickers required). 

RELATED: Ancient rock carvings, towering bluff make Roche-A-Cri a standout state park

10. Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario: Take in the changing leaves of the Kickapoo River Valley and the gumdrop hills of the Ocooch Mountains from a handful of scenic vistas at this park. Find two easily accessible ones at the Upper Picnic Area, or drive down to the canoe launch area for a challenging hike via switchbacks up Mt. Pisgah. The reward is two scenic lookouts at 1,200 feet. 

11. Copper Falls State Park, Mellen: National forest views come with a side of waterfalls at this state park. See two cascades — Copper and Brownstone falls — along the 1.7-mile Doughboys Nature trail (part of the trail is accessible; pets are not allowed on any part of the trail). Then follow the 1-mile CCC 692 trail to the 65-foot observation tower, which provides views of the heavily wooded state park, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to the southwest and, on a clear day, Lake Superior to the north. 

RELATED: Waterfalls, gorge, ancient lava flows make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most picturesque parks

12. Marengo River Valley, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: Hike nearly 10 miles of the North Country Trail through the Marengo River Valley for stunning views from three overlooks. A shelter near the river provides a spot for turning this into an overnight backpacking trip. 

Find parking on the eastern end of the segment at Lake Three on Forest Road 187. Or for a shorter hike to the overlooks, which are close to the western end, park on Forest Road 202 to hike east. 

13. Rib Mountain, Wausau: A 60-foot observation tower on top of this 1,942 "mountain" makes for even better views of the Wisconsin River and city of Wausau to the east and Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area to the south. Granite Peak Ski Area also offers chair lift rides up the hill on weekends August through October.

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