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 mid-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.

Southern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields.

Fargo, 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. 

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

The heavily wooded park glows with fall colors through September and October.

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

Tree-covered hills and a deep wooded gorge offers a mosaic of colors.

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). 

Fort Ransom , ND 58033
Devils Lake

Colors are plentiful in the later fall around this large lake and at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve south of the city.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
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