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Find The Best Fall Colors

In Minnesota

Fall is here!

Autumn in Minnesota is beautiful—enjoy the clear skies, sunshine, and stunning fall foliage. Minnesota is known for its many varieties of maple trees, which have fall colors ranging from red to gold. Whether you take a daytrip in the countryside or a stroll through the parks throughout the Twin Cities area, fall can be a glorious time to be outside.

The annual autumn-leaves show won’t be around forever! The exact time for peak fall foliage, though, depends on factors including weather, altitude, and location. Shorter daylight and longer overnight hours trigger the seasonal change that leads to the leaves changing color.

Check out the guide below, provided by the MN Department of Natural Resources, to see where the best spots are to catch some fall color.


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Color Location Updated Details Photo

Glendalough State Park Itasca State Park Lake Shetek State Park Lake Bemidji State Park Buffalo River State Park Jay Cooke State Park Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Big Bog State Recreation Area Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Kilen Woods State Park Charles A. Lindbergh State Park Upper Sioux Agency State Park William O'Brien State Park Maplewood State Park Savanna Portage State Park John A. Latsch State Park Carley State Park Whitewater State Park Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area Cascade River State Park Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area Crow Wing State Park Sakatah Lake State Park Judge C.R. Magney State Park Big Stone Lake State Park St. Croix State Park McCarthy Beach State Park Schoolcraft State Park Bear Head Lake State Park Scenic State Park Hill Annex Mine State Park Blue Mounds State Park Sibley State Park Gooseberry Falls State Park Myre-Big Island State Park Flandrau State Park Lake Maria State Park Banning State Park Split Rock Creek State Park Old Mill State Park Lac Qui Parle State Park Fort Snelling State Park La Salle Lake State Recreation Area Afton State Park Minneopa State Park Glacial Lakes State Park Lake Carlos State Park Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Wild River State Park Red River State Recreation Area Frontenac State Park Lake Bronson State Park Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Grand Portage State Park Fort Ridgely State Park Rice Lake State Park Camden State Park

Information courtesy of the MN Department of Natural Resources