Get outdoors & enjoy the beautiful foliage this season

MDC – Sugar Maple Leaf

The temperatures are cooling down and trees are beginning to change color – a sure sign that fall has arrived. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to enjoy fall foliage through camping, driving tours, hiking, or even floating. 

To help, MDC offers weekly online fall color updates from agency foresters all over the state at

“Our fall color reports are such a convenient resource for the public,” said MDC Forestry Field Programs Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “The reports begin around mid-September and are updated weekly. 

“They show users where trees are beginning to turn and also suggest best places to see the changing leaves.”

Predicting the peak of fall color can be difficult, but much depends on the weather. Hinnah noted the dry summer weather could affect this year’s color.

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