With fall colors starting to pop across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is issuing this recommendation: Go north.
Specifically, go north of St. Cloud.
Check out a few of the DNR's current highlights from its latest fall color finder map, with suggestions about where to go for foliage this weekend and what you’ll see:
This is the place to be for peak fall colors. While some trees are still green, most have changed into yellow, orange and red by now. For Rainy River views, take the hiking club trail. Or, park by the Sault Rapids trail entrance for a five-minute walk to the river.
Anywhere in the park will have quality leaf-peeping opportunities, but the DNR singles out Stony Brook Horse Campground and Beatrice Lake Campground as “continu[ing] to lead the change in fall colors” through the park.
Also: Be sure to check out the beach, said the DNR’s Rachel Hopper. “It’s typically voted one of the best beaches in the entire state,” Hopper said. “It’s great to see the water with all the pops of color in the background.”
Visitors will see plenty of yellow and orange along the river corridor. Leaf peepers can also take the Prairie View Trail to see tall grass prairie along the river.
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