Best Places to View Fall Foliage in North Dakota

In North Dakota, fall foliage begins showing up in early to mid-September and reaches its peak by the end of the month or mid- to late-October depending on location. Visitors use this time to tour areas of heavy forest growth like the Turtle Mountains or river valleys. Check back next fall for weekly updates.

Southern Red River Valley

Trees along the Red River and tree rows along the highways are great locations for watching the colors change.

Fargo, ND
Northern Red River Valley

Trees along the Red River, tree rows throughout the Red River Valley and canopies within cities and towns will change slowly into fall.

Turtle River State Park

The heavily wooded park with explode with several colors that paint a beautiful picture in the woodlands.

Pembina Gorge

The heavily forested Pembina Gorge displays a mosaic of color near the Canadian border. The landscape eventually looks like a colorful carpet.

Fort Ransom State Park

The forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway will cole alive with rust, lime, green, yellow and red at their peak.

Fort Ransom, ND
Devils Lake

Woodlands surrounding Devils Lake will become brightly lit with color as fall creeps ever so closer. 

Devils Lake, ND
Turtle Mountains/Lake Metigoshe

One of the most colorful landscapes in North Dakota during the fall is near Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains where neon green, yellow, red and brown will herald the arrival of fall.

Dunseith, ND

Fall brings a rich, vibrant color change to sites all along the Missouri River, especially on the hillsides and bottom lands in the Bismarck-Mandan area. 

Bismarck, ND
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Trees within the park and brush along the hillsides and the Missouri River will be prime viewing.

Cross Ranch State Park/Washburn

Thousands of river bottom woodland acres explode in color. Ash and elm trees bring most of the color to the park.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit

The Badlands of western North Dakota take on a whole look in fall as trees along the river bottoms begin their annual change. 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

Colors vary from the river bottom and valley to the rugged Badlands and prairie on top.

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