Minnesota Fall Color Report begins Today

The leaves are beginning to change in Central Minnesota already and Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota State Parks and trails will launch their weekly fall color report starting today, September 12th.

From scenic drives to hiking, biking, harvest festivals and more, Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails offer trip-planning tips via email, social media and online to encourage travelers to get out and enjoy the state’s most colorful time of the year.

“From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley, there’s a scenic trip for every traveler to chase the fall colors in Minnesota,” said Explore Minnesota tourism director John Edman. “With weekly fall color reports, we’re able to help travelers make the most of one of the busiest travel seasons in our state.”

Minnesota State park staff check the status of trees, wildflowers and grasses in their area and update the online Fall Color Finder at mndnr.gov/fallcolor  by every Thursday morning, just in time for your weekend trips.  The popular web page includes a color-coded map that shows the approximate percentage of leaves that have changed color and a slideshow of recent photos taken by park staff and visitors.

“Celebrate the change of the seasons with a visit to a Minnesota state park or trail this fall,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. “You can’t beat our state’s blazing red, orange and gold fall colors on a crisp, sunny day. Listen for a gentle breeze in the trees, smell the scent of fallen leaves. The season will be over before we know it— so get out there and enjoy it.”

Fall is a beautiful time of the year!  Get out and enjoy it!