ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota trees will soon be ablaze with fall colors as summer fades away into autumn. The beautiful show from Mother Nature last only a few weeks, so here's how to find the peak colors.
The leaves start changing color along the northern border around mid-September and creeps southward during October. Peak fall colors in northern Minnesota typically happen between late September and early October. As for the Twin Cities metro area, peak colors arrive around late-September to mid-October.
The Minnesota DNR's Fall Color Finder is updated every Wednesday through the end of October. The color-coded map gives an estimated percentage of the leaves that have changed color.
"Some years we don't get the moisture we need to create the healthy, green trees going into fall and that has a huge effect on color," said Val Cervenka, DNR forest health program consultant. "This year, we've had lots of moisture in most parts of the state, so I think we're on board to have a great fall color year."
In addition to the tracker, Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails will be releasing a weekly fall color report. The first one comes out on Sept. 13. Updates can also be found here.
"It's not just about the colors, it's about all the things that you can do in Minnesota in the fall whether it's attending a festival, attending an event, hiking, biking, fishing, golf, this is a great time to get out and enjoy those things," said John Edman, the director of Explore Minnesota.