*Welcome to Buffalo County, WI

Welcome to Buffalo County in West Central Wisconsin on the Mighty Mississippi River!

As the northernmost section of the 4-state Driftless Region, the non-glaciated lands of Buffalo County offer 500-foot bluffs along the Upper Mississippi River Valley, high ridges, winding valleys, prairies, oak savannas, river bottoms and an abundance of Wisconsin’s protected Natural Areas. The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge protect the Mississippi River wetlands. Views from Buena Vista in Alma and Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum in Fountain City are the highest points overlooking the Mississippi River valley.

Century farms from the 1850s, when agriculture first came to Buffalo County, dot the countryside. Organic and CSA farming can be found in the county as well as the newest rage, pizza farms. Buffalo County boasts four pizza farms, with Suncrest Gardens Farm, the original. Two wineries, Seven Hawks in Fountain City and Danzinger in Alma, are part of the wine renaissance in Buffalo County … growing their own grapes and making their own wines. They’re an important part of the local viticulture, producing award winning wines and offering beautiful tasting rooms.

Fountain City was the first settlement in Buffalo County in 1839, followed by Alma, Wisconsin in 1848. Today most of the City of Alma is a National Historic District but both communities are beautiful historic river towns.

Since the 1860’s when Gerhard Gesell opened his photography & art studio, Buffalo County has attracted artists. Today there is a thriving art community where you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind items inspired by Buffalo County’s natural surroundings.

Make sure you take to Buffalo County’s 470 miles of paved county & state roads for enjoyable backroad driving. Just get lost in the beauty or try Mondovi to Waumandee Valley and on to Fountain City & the Mississippi River for a cross-county drive. You’ll wind you way through breathtaking scenery and rural farms. Discover a place that remains mostly untouched by modern development. Need proof? There’s only one stop light in the county to let the folks from Minnesota into Wisconsin for a getaway!

Are you a birder? The entire western coast of Buffalo County borders the Mississippi River and the Mississippi Flyway. More than 350 bird species migrate in the spring and fall along the Flyway. Numerous Bald Eagle nests can be seen on the river and Alma, Wisconsin is known as a birding “hot spot”, just being named as a Wisconsin Bird City.

Art, antiques, shopping, locally-grown food, live music, nature, festivals and fun await you in Buffalo County. Thanks for coming and enjoy your stay!

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