Fall colors are back! Here's where to find them this weekend

Parts of northern Minnesota are at 50-75 percent color.
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The scene at Itasca State Park this week.

The scene at Itasca State Park this week.

It's been 80 degrees in the Twin Cities all week, so it really doesn't feel like fall right now.

Nonetheless, Monday marks the start of astronomical fall, and leaves are changing their colors in spite of the sun's beating rays.

Already there are parts in the northern half of the state that have 50-75 percent of trees changing color, while other areas of the north have 25-50 percent.

The closest you'll find to 25-50 percent color change in the Twin Cities is either west of St. Cloud or along the St. Croix River south of Duluth.

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The Minnesota State Parks system suggests the following state parks to visit this weekend, noting that they're home to "fiery maples and sumac, fall sunflowers, and prairie grasses."

  • George Crosby Manitou State Park, North Shore.
  • Wild River State Park, along the St. Croix northwest of Taylors Falls.
  • Sakatah Lake State Park, west of Faribault in southeast Minnesota.

Other state parks that fall within the 50-75 percent fall color range include the following:

  • Savanna Portage State Park, northeast of McGregor.
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park, Calumet.
  • Schoolcraft State Park, west of Cohasset.
  • Itasca State Park, north of Park Rapids.

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