Viewing Fall Color in the Northland has become a tradition-don’t miss it!
With really spectacular years recently, more people than ever are migrating North to enjoy the Greater Duluth Area in all its glory. Meanwhile, us Duluthians appreciate every gorgeous crimson or gold leaf we see (even if it’s in a ditch on a walk down the street). We don’t take this short, beautiful season for granted!
There’s still quite a bit of green in certain areas, but if you want to get out and see fall color in the Northland, now’s the time! At the moment, according to the DNR’s website, Duluth is in its prime for fall color viewing! (Their website is a great resource for checking on the up-to-date fall color forecast.) Here’s my top places for viewing the fall colors. Although the Superior Hiking Trail pretty much sums up my recommendations, here’s some specific trails:
The trails around Enger Park are wonderful for basking in autumn’s vibrant colors. There are many Superior Hiking Trails around Enger, and at the base of it.
You could spend a lot of time in Hartley Park. I took a nice walk there yesterday, and I think there’s still more change coming! A great vantage point to view the area at Harley is the overlook.
Explore the trails in the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, as stop on the road overlooking Lakeside and Lake Superior. You can access these trails from East Skyline Parkway. There are a lot of different options for trails throughout that area. And, you can have a great view of Lakeside from this overlook. While you are there, stop to watch and learn about the Broad-winged Hawks migrating South. This is a great, free activity that’s also educational! For more information about this check out the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory’s website.
Bagley Nature Center Trail
The Rock Pond, and trails are in their prime right now! It’s off St. Marie Street near UMD.
Oberg Mountain Trail in the Superior National Forest is a 3-mile hike chock-full of rich color that it in its peak. The trail-head is in Tofte, Minn. Be sure to check out the photo gallery to see more from this hike!
Are you inspired yet?! One key reference used in this post was the Duluth-Superior Trail Atlas published and created by North Point Geographic Solutions.
Photos by Amanda Hansmeyer of Shutter Stories