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Minnesota Weekly Fall Color Update -Oct. 22, 2015

While most areas of the state are now past peak, parts of the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota are filled with crimson red, maroon, rose, peach, tangerine orange and lemon yellow trees! Some of the nicest fall color can currently be found at Frontenac and Forestville/Mystery Cave state parks.

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Northeast Minnesota

All parks in northeastern Minnesota are now past peak.

Northwest Minnesota

All parks in northeastern Minnesota are now past peak.

Central Minnesota

All parks in northeastern Minnesota are now past peak.

Twin Cities Metropolitan Vicinity

Most parks in the Twin Cities vicinity are past peak, however a few of the oak-dominated parks are at their peak, including William O'Brien and Afton state parks, as well as some parks within the Three Rivers Park District.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum--Chaska/West Metro
Fall color is blazing and beautiful throughout the Arboretum! Look for dazzling reds and oranges in the oak trees. The maples remain very colorful. Check out the golden gingkos at the Wilson Rose Garden, and don't miss the stunning tamaracks on the boardwalk and near the Ordway Shelter. The shrub displays on Three-Mile Drive are filled with color ranging from lemon-yellow to crimson red.

Three Rivers Park District--Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott & Wright counties
The recent stretch of cool, dry weather has brought on beautiful fall color, and the oak-dominated parks are at or very near peak fall color. The bright yellow aspen and cottonwood trees enhance the rich red and orange of the oaks. The oak-dominated parks include Hyland and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves, and Eagle Lake Golf, Bryant Lake, and Silverwood parks.

Afton State Park - Afton, north of Hastings
Fall color is estimated at 75-100, with the abundant oak trees displaying stunning orange, rust and red leaves. The poplar trees are adding golden yellow to the mix. The North River Trail offers spectacular views of the colorful oak trees.

William O'Brien State Park -Marine on St. Croix, north of Stillwater
Park staff report that the trees and shrubs are now at peak fall color. Take a stroll along the 1.5-mile Riverside Trail for breathtaking views of the St. Croix River and Lake Alice. In the morning, the fog rises gently over the lake, enhancing the reflected fall colors. Be sure to walk to the top of the Prairie Overlook Trail to view the St. Croix River valley and the mosaic of fall color.

Southern Minnesota

While most areas of southern Minnesota are now past peak, a few parks in the southeast are now at their peak. These parks include Frontenac and Forestville/Mystery Cave.

Frontenac State Park--southeast of Red Wing
The sumac are very red, the aspen are very yellow, and the maples are displaying shades of red, pink, orange and yellow! The bluff top picnic area offers expansive views of Lake Pepin and the fall foliage. Hike the inner bluffs on the Hiking Club Trail, then venture to the two extensions of the park along Hill Avenue for outstanding bluff top views. Visitors will also want to consider the many festivities offered in Wabasha through Oct. 25 during SeptOberfest.

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park--Preston
Park staff report that the oaks are displaying a wide range color, and the ridge tops are filled with deep red, orange, rose, rust, yellow, pink and peach trees! Adding the beauty are the orange, yellow and red maples, and the bright red sumac. Many trails and areas of the park are recommended for fall color viewing--stop at the park office for the most current list. Be sure to also check out the tours of Historic Forestville offered each Saturday through the end of October, as well as the Mystery Cave tours offered each Saturday and Sunday through the end of the month.

Whitewater State Park -Altura, north of St. Charles
The oaks are at peak shades of red, orange, and gold. Some of the maples are holding onto their brightly-colored leaves, but many other species are mostly bare. Hike from Chimney Rock to Inspiration Point for some great overlooks. For a more level hike, follow Trout Run Trail or the Valley Trail.

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