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. Report date: September 20.

1
Southern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields. Coverage varies by area but yellows are taking center stage and 50% have turned shades of yellow and gold. 

Fargo, ND
2
Northern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields. Lots of bright yellows and oranges, some lime green, red and purple have appeared and about 40% have turned.

Along the Red and Red Lake rivers Grand Forks, ND
3
Turtle River State Park

The heavily wooded park glows with fall colors through September and October. Approximately 50-60% of trees are showing browns, yellows, golds and rust.

20 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2 Arvilla, ND 58502
4
Pembina Gorge

Golds and yellows have begun appearing in the gorge. About 40-50% are showing golds, reds and orange.

Rendezvous Region Walhalla, ND
5
Fort Ransom State Park

Forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway have just started showing colors like gold, brown and green. Leaves are changing fast and about 35% have turned. 

Fort Ransom , ND
6
Devils Lake

Woodlands around the lake are showing signs of fall with 50-60% having turned various shades of yellow and orange. Colors are plentiful around this large lake and at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve south of the city.

Devils Lake, ND
7
Turtle Mountains/Lake Metigoshe

One of the most colorful landscapes in North Dakota during near Lake Metigoshe is starting to show color. About 50-55% have turned red, gold, orange and lime green.

16 miles northeast Bottineau, ND 58318
8
Bismarck-Mandan

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. About 50-60% have turned yellow, gold and orange.

Bismarck, ND
9
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. About 50% have turned yellow and orange.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554
10
Cross Ranch State Park/Washburn

Thousands of river bottom woodland acres explode with various colors, attracting hikers and campers alike to the state park. About 50-60% have turned with yellow the most prominent color.

1403 River Road Washburn, ND 58530
11
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. About 70% are showing mostly yellow.

Medora, ND 58645
12
Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

The valley and hillsides of the rugged North Unit come alive with colors in the fall. About 70% of trees have started showing yellow and leaves are falling.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
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