Best Places to View Fall Colors in Fargo & Beyond

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Maplewood State Park  

The best season of the year is here! Part of what makes this season so magical is the leaves changing colors. If you’re wondering where you can get the best views of fall beauty, check out our list of parks to view fall colors in Fargo and within a 2 hour drive.

The peak time to go is mid-September to early October, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it! 

LOCAL PARKS

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Forest River Park (Credit: Fargo Parks)

Forest River Park: 500 Forest River Drive (Fargo)

Once an old housing development by the river, this park offers lots of trails and beautiful trees to catch the leaves changing colors. There’s even a kayak/canoe launch right on the Red River.

Gooseberry Mound Park: 100 22nd Ave S. (Moorhead)

Gooseberry may have the best views, but Moorhead has over 40 parks with miles of sidewalk and trails to enjoy! Check out this interactive map to find more!

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Lindenwood Park (Credit: Fargo Parks)

Lindenwood Park: 1805 Roger Maris Drive (Fargo)

As the largest multi-use park in Fargo, it’s no wonder they have an entire walking tour dedicated to identifying different tree species! 

Lions Conservancy Park: 1221 El Cano Drive S (Fargo)

This park is along the river in south Fargo and has plenty of trails to get your fall foliage fill! It’s a great place to see fall colors in Fargo. 

North Elmwood & South Elmwood Park 500 13th Ave W. (West Fargo)

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South Elmwood Park (Credit: Katina Behm)

With a trail right along the Sheyenne River, South Elmwood is a perfect spot to appreciate the leaves changing colors. The tree canopies continue as you cross 13th towards North Elmwood

Orchard Glen Park: 76th Ave S & Orchard Park Drive (Fargo)

Also home to a community orchard, this park is along the river in south Fargo and has beautiful trails to walk and catch the leaves changing.

M.B. Johnson Park: 3601 11th St N (Moorhead)

This hidden gem in North Moorhead is a great spot to take a break and catch some beautiful fall colors. Make sure to check out the new Fruit Forest planted in 2021 while there!

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Orchard Glen Park (Credit: Katina Behm)

FALL COLORS WITHIN 1 HOUR

Buffalo River State Park: 25 minutes (Click for map)

This state park boasts 12 miles of flat terrain trails winding through riverine forests that’s sure to give you beautiful views of not only changing trees, but colorful wildflowers too!

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Maplewood State Park (Credit: Angela Sauvageau)

Maplewood State Park: One hour (Click for map)

If the idea of unleashing your littles into nature scares you a bit, Maplewood has a scenic 5-mile drive through the park where you can experience shady hallows and wooded knolls from the comfort of your car.

 

FALL COLORS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Fort Ransom State Park, ND: 1 hour 20 minutes (Click for map)

Glendalough State Park, MN:  1 hour 25 minutes (Click for map)

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Turtle River State Park (Credit: Chrissy Reed)

Turtle River State Park, ND: 1 hour 30 minutes (Click for map)

Sica Hollow State Park, SD: 1 hour 40 minutes (Click for map)

Itasca State Park, MN: 1 hour 50 minutes (Click for map)

Lake Carlos State Park, MN: 1 hour 50 minutes (Click for map)

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Itasca State Park

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, MN: 2 hours (Click for map)

If you want to create your own “Fall Foliage Finder”, Minnesota has a specific website completely dedicated to following the changing of the leaves around the state! 

Did we miss a great local spot to view fall leaves changing color? Contact us and let us know!

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Katina grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and played field hockey at the University of Connecticut, and has never been in as good of shape since. She met her husband, Justin, at a bar in Pittsburgh and, despite many romantic Skype dates, found a long-distance relationship to be a drag and moved to Fargo in 2010. She's a bonus mom to Justin's son, Owen (2005), and they have twins Augie and Delphi (2016) and two Great Danes, Rainy and Moose. She's a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist who enjoys helping her patients improve their quality of life. She loves showing the world to her kids (but also seeing the world through their eyes), trying new foods, listening to live music and publicly mocking her little brother on Instagram. On most weekends, you can find her at one of her kids' many activities by day, and by night on the couch in sweats, eating a homemade charcuterie board and drinking expensive wine someone else bought. She still has Skype dates, but now they're with friends and family who live all over the place.

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