Where are the best places in Minnesota to see fall colors this weekend?

The leaves are changing, but you'll need to head north to see the best colors.
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Meteorological fall is here (astronomical fall starts tomorrow), but we're yet to see any serious fall colors in the Twin Cities.

According to the Minnesota DNR, less than 25 percent of metro area trees have changed their colors so far.

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That means, if you're looking to head out to get a taste of autumn, you'll have to head north.

The DNR says some increasingly large areas of northern Minnesota are currently at 25-50 percent fall color levels, and has suggested the best state parks to head to if you want a flavor of fall this weekend.

State parks currently at 25-50 percent fall colors are:

  • Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish (east side of Upper Red Lake).
  • Schoolcraft State Park, west of Grand Rapids.
  • Old Mill State Park, northwest of Thief River Falls.
  • Lake Bronson State Park, northwest Minnesota.
  • Buffalo River State Park, Glyndon, east of Fargo.
  • Hayes Lake State Park, south of Warroad.
  • Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay, North Shore.
  • Zippel Bay State Park, on Lake of the Woods.
  • Franz Jevne State Park, northwest Minnesota.
  • Scenic State Park, southeast of Bigfork.
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park, Calumet.
  • Red River State Recreation Area, Grand Forks.

Considering Schoolcraft State Park and the Red River State Recreation Area are both at 25-50 percent fall colors, Grand Forks is probably the place to head this weekend.

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If you're looking for a driving experience, then perhaps head to the North Shore, where not only is Tettegouche State Park is at 25-50 percent color, but the DNR also suggests Finland State Forest as one of its fall color scenic drives.

That said, the colors there are likely to be better next weekend, as it tends to peak in late September.

You can find more about the DNR's fall color suggestions on its website.

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