Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
With hints of gold already appearing on many local trees, it’s only a matter of weeks until the St. Louis landscape is emblazoned with autumn color. The Missouri Department of Conservation has several tips and resources to help Missourians discover the beauty of fall foliage.
"As of mid-September, it's still early in the season and we haven't seen much of a change," said MDC Community Forester Mark Grueber. "As we move into fall, we'll hope for warm sunny days and cool nights to provide us with the best color display."
The change in colors typically begins in northern Missouri and moves south throughout the season, with the colors peaking throughout the state around mid-October. Because Missouri is home to a variety of trees, the season can last four to six weeks.
Though the beauty of fall color is timeless, the art of enjoying it has become high-tech thanks to MDC’s free mobile app, MO Fall Colors. Apple and Android users can find fall color scenes and GPS coordinates and even use the app to share fall color photos with Facebook friends. Fall color updates are also available on the MDC website.