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Fall color report on the Superior

Fall Color 2018 October 18

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Current Conditions (Oct. 19, 2018):

There are only about 10% of the leaves left on the trees, but the sun shining through the branches onto the leaf covered ground is beautiful.  Late autumn is a special time in the forest.  Come out and experience it.

Downloadable maps of the fall color tours:

Laurentian Fall Color Tour (Laurentian District) 

Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour (Tofte District)

Discovery Auto Tour (LaCroix District) 

Nationally designated Scenic Byways and Scenic Drives:

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway

Superior National Forest Scenic Byway

North Shore Scenic Drive

When is peak color?

Peak of fall color is as unpredictable as the spring ice out date and depends on a variety of factors including weather conditions, leaf stripping wind and rain.  The size and geography of the forest also plays a role as the North Shore area will peak at a different time than the inland area. Click here to view a collection of pictures taken every week at the same photopoint on the Honeymoon Trail from 2008-2015.

What is the science behind fall color?

Check out this explanation from the Forest Service Northern Research Station.

See past years colors here.