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Twin Cities' Fall Hiking Destinations

Fall Color in the City
Fall Color in the CityDon Begalle

I recently presented this topic to about 50 hikers in Bloomington. Peak fall color has reached the north and west metro and will likely cover the whole city by this weekend or early next week. Now is the time to hit the trail and see the fall colors! These are the places I mentioned in my presentation. I hope you get the chance to enjoy a couple over the weekend.

Richardson Nature Center at Hyland Lake Regional Park (Bloomington):

Best views: Prairie Trail & overlook on Osprey Trail

Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area (Eden Prairie):

Best views: All 3 high overlooks

Louisville Swamp (Jordan):

Best views: Either ridge overlooking the “swamp” along the Mazomani Trail.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska):

Best views: Hiking trails east of main gardens

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden (Minneapolis):

Best view: Top of Hemlock Hill

Elm Creek Regional Park (Maple Grove):

Best views: Southwest corner of the park

Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):

Best views: Top of Nature Play Area & top of stairs by Tamarack Lake (Goldenrod Trail)

Afton State Park (Afton):

Best views: Prairie loop and river trail

Dodge Nature Center (West St. Paul):

Best view: Prairie trail

Fort Snelling State Park (Minneapolis):

Best view: Pike Island at Minnesota and Mississippi River confluence.

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