Autumn color will be particularly glorious this season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources predicted on Monday.
Splashes of fall color will appear across Minnesota forests and prairies within the next seven or eight weeks, and the color that does grace each area is expected to be especially breathtaking this year due to this summer's adequate rainfall.
"We're predicting it will be a brilliant fall color season," said Patricia Arndt, communications and outreach manager for the Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Trails. "Although it's been dry lately, the trees got adequate rain earlier this season. Now we just need a combination of sunny days and cool nights in the weeks ahead to bring out the fall colors. We've timed many of our fall hiking, biking, geocaching and paddling programs at Minnesota state parks and trails to coincide with peak color, and we hope to see lots of people getting outdoors to enjoy this beautiful time of year."
TRACK THE CHANGE
The statewide fall color report is updated every Thursday by staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. These reports include percent of color change, peak color projections and three state park or trail destinations considered "hot picks" of the week.
PEAK SEASON IN YOUR PART OF THE STATE
Northern third: Colors typically peak between mid-September and early October
Central third: Colors peak between late September and early October
Southern third (Minneapolis/St. Paul included): Colors peak between late September and mid-October
SEND YOUR PHOTOS
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