Best Places to View Fall Foliage in North Dakota
In North Dakota, fall foliage begins showing up in early 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. This page follows the progress of the color change in locations throughout the state each fall.
UPDATED: September 9, 2021
Look for changes along the Red River, in parks and in shelterbelts through fields beginning in mid-September.
Lions Conservancy Park is reporting 5-10% with slight hints of yellow.
Look for early changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields.
Grand Forks, ND
The heavily wooded park glows with fall colors through September and October.
Reporting 10% and starting to see color.
The heavily wooded Pembina Gorge displays a mosaic of color when fall arrives near the Canadian border.
5-10% of the foliage has changed to fall colors of burgundy, reds and neons.
Forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway come alive with colors.
Fort Ransom, ND
Woodlands around the lake are brightly lit with color when the change begins.
Devils Lake, ND
One of the most colorful landscapes in North Dakota during the fall is near Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains.
5-10% of the foliage has changed to fall colors of bright neon green and yellow and red.
Fall brings a rich, vibrant color change to sites all along the Missouri River, especially on the hillsides and bottom lands in the Bismarck area.
The hills above the Missouri River take on a colorful look when the days turn shorter.
Located on 640 acres, and is home to thousands of trees and natural prairie habitat.
The Badlands of western North Dakota take on a whole new look in fall as trees along the river bottoms begin their annual change.
Medora and Watford City, ND
Lots of wooded area along Trenton Lake to take in the beauty of fall colors.
Green ash starting to turn color.