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Man walking in Father Hennepin State Park amidst colorful fall trees
Fall hike in Father Hennepin State Park / Douglas Anderson
WEEKLY FALL COLOR UPDATE – OCT. 3, 2019
Find this week’s perfect fall adventure with a little help from your Minnesota Fall Color Update, brought to you by Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails. You’ll get this email Thursday afternoons during the peak fall color season, making it easier than ever to make every day a colorful fall adventure.
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FALL COLOR FINDER
MN DNR map showing fall color throughout the state
Fall color in northeast Minnesota has accelerated due to recent frosts, but peak color still lingers in the region’s ash, aspen, birch and maple trees. Autumn shades of orange, yellow and gold cast a golden glow throughout northwest Minnesota’s forests, while trees in central Minnesota are rapidly turning orange, yellow and red. Fall color is also progressing rapidly in southern Minnesota and the metro area. Plan this week’s adventure to view the glorious fall splendor before it’s too late.

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THIS WEEK’S BEST FALL COLORS
Northeast Minnesota
Image of colorful trees at Tettegouche State Park
Tettegouche State Park / Becky Money
Peak fall color is lingering in many areas of northeast Minnesota. Bright yellow, peachy orange and crimson-red maple leaves can still be seen. The ash and aspen trees are bright yellow and rich golden-orange across much of northeastern Minnesota, brightening the landscape and creating a feeling of warmth. Along the north shore of Lake Superior, the birch and aspen are turning various shades of yellow.

Northwest Minnesota
image of fall color at Lake Itasca State Park
Fall color at Itasca State Park / MN DNR
Last weekend’s frost kick-started the fall color change. There are still a lot of green trees, but autumn shades of orange, yellow and gold are quickly taking over the forests. The understory maples are at their peak, and the birch, aspen and tamarack fill the parks with a golden-yellow glow.

Central Minnesota
Hill at Maplewood State Park filled with colorful fall trees
Fall color at Maplewood State Park / David Blomster
The maple trees are quickly turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red due to recent frosts. The ash trees are a stunning yellow, and the oaks are taking on rust and burgundy tones. Overall, fall color is progressing quickly, with excellent views throughout central Minnesota parks.

FEATURED FALL TRAVEL IDEAS
Fall color along the St. Croix River A bicyclist surrounded by colorful fall trees
FALL COLOR ALONG THE ST. CROIX RIVER

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FIVE GREAT TRAILS FOR FALL BIKING

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Backwaters at Afton State Park
Afton State Park / Bonnie Affolter
Parks throughout the metro area are a patchwork of color. The ash trees are golden but some are shedding their leaves. The cottonwood, birch and hackberry trees are lightening and displaying lime-green and yellow leaves. Some maples are displaying vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage. Scarlet red leaves fill the sumac, gray dogwood and Virginia creeper vines.

Southern Minnesota
Minnesota River at Lac Qui Parle State Park
Minnesota River at Lac qui Parle State Park
Yellow leaves are spreading through the ash, cottonwood and basswood trees. Brilliant crimson leaves highlight the sumac stands, and the vibrant red Virginia creeper vines climb up into the canopies of the trees. The native grasses remain various shades of red, purple and gold.

Disclaimers: This year’s fall color updates are a collaboration between Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails. As a result, some subscribers may receive two copies of this newsletter. Some images in this email are representative of typical Minnesota fall color, not real-time photographs from this year.
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