13 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 early October depending on location. Visitors use this time to tour areas of heavy forest growth like the Turtle Mountains or river valleys. In the Red River Valley, long thick tree rows take on amazing hues. This is a great time to get out on the highway and admire many colors of North Dakota. Report updated on September 22.

Southern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields. Yellows in the trees and red in shrubs. About 10-20% have turned. 

I-29, Exit 23 Mooreton, ND
Northern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River, at Turtle River State Park west of the city and in shelterbelts through fields. Yellows with some orange and red have appeared. 25% have turned.

Along the Red and Red Lake rivers Grand Forks, ND
Turtle River State Park

Heavily wooded park glows with fall colors through September and October. Reds, golds, yellows and browns are prominent. 50-60% have changed.

20 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2 Arvilla, ND 58502
Pembina Gorge

Tree-covered hills and deep wooded gorge offers a mosaic of colors. Some yellows, reds, greens and browns. 50% have turned.

Rendezvous Region Walhalla, ND
Fort Ransom State Park

Forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway (itself a foliage hotspot). Golds, yellows and reds are appearing. 40% have turned.

2 miles north of Fort Ransom Fort Ransom, ND 58033
Devils Lake

Colors are plentiful around this large lake and at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve south of the city. Yellows have appeared. 40-45% have turned.

Devils Lake, ND 58301
Turtle Mountains/International Peace Garden

One of the most colorful landscapes in North Dakota during the peak of foliage season near Lake Metigoshe. Colors showing up are a mosiac of red, yellow, lime, green, orange and coral. About 50% have turned.

10939 Highway 281 Dunseith, ND 58329
Lake Metigoshe

Nestled in the forested Turtle Mountains on the U.S.-Canada border, it's perfectly located for spectacular fall foliage. Orange, red, gold and brown are visible. About 50-60% have turned.

16 miles northeast Bottineau, ND 58318

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. Golds, yellows and some reds. About 40% have turned.

Bismarck, ND 58501
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

The hills above the Missouri River take on a colorful look when the days turn shorter at the former home of the 7th Cavalry. Reds, yellows and oranges are visible. 80-90% have turned.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554

Leaves in this area along and above the Missouri River are some of the early indicators that foliage change is on the way. Yellow, green, brown and red are showing. About 50% have turned.

2576 Eighth St. SW Washburn, ND 58577
Cross Ranch State Park

Thousands of river bottom woodland acres explode with various colors, attracting hikers and campers alike to the state park. Yellow, gold and orange are showing. About 50% have turned.

1403 River Road Washburn, ND 58530
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The Badlands of western North Dakota take on a whole look in fall as trees along the river bottoms begin their annual change. Yellows and oranges are taking over. BAbout 50% have changed.


Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
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