Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
With the first hints of gold beginning to appear on trees throughout Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation shares tips for catching fall color at its peak.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, because Missouri boasts a wide variety of trees, the fall color season can last four to six weeks. The season typically starts in mid-September with sassafras, sumac and Virginia creeper, followed by black gum, bittersweet and dogwoods in late September.
Colors typically begin to change in northern Missouri first, moving southward across the state, typically peaking with maples, ashes, oaks and hickories around mid-October. Colors are usually fading by late October.
“People can travel anywhere in Missouri and find a variety of trees that show off a fantastic array of color in the fall,” said MDC Resource Forester Cory Gregg.
While it’s still early in the season, MDC Community Forester Mark Grueber said that warm sunny days and cool nights would help ensure the best color display. For great views, Grueber suggests following river routes and ridges with sweeping scenes of forested landscapes. Hiking and bicycling in state parks and conservation areas are also fun ways to experience fall color.
“Even treeless areas, such as prairies and roadsides, display beautiful shades of gold, purple, olive, and auburn with autumn wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses,” Grueber said. “In cities and towns, enjoy places with mature trees, such as older neighborhoods, parks, and even cemeteries.”
For the latest on which species of trees are turning, get MDC’s online Fall Color Updates.