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: October 11.

1
Southern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields. Nearly all of the trees have changed. Recent snow.

Fargo, ND
2
Northern Red River Valley

Look for changes along the Red River and in shelterbelts through fields in fall. Recent snow has ended the season.

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. Recent snow has covered the leaves.

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

Golds and yellows have begun appearing in the gorge. The color is complete. Predominent color now is white.

Rendezvous Region Walhalla, ND
5
Fort Ransom State Park

Forested hillsides at the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. The fall color change is complete. 

Fort Ransom , ND
6
Devils Lake

Woodlands around the lake are showing between 80-90% now with lots of yellow and oranges and now red. Light dusting of snow.

Devils Lake, ND
7
Turtle Mountains/Lake Metigoshe

One of the most colorful landscapes in North Dakota during near Lake Metigoshe. Snow has added a new color to the landscape and change is complete.

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 90% have turned and many colors are past prime.

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 95% are showing gold, yellow and red.

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 95% have turned.

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. The color change is complete.

Medora, ND 58645
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

The valley and hillsides of the rugged North Unit come alive with colors in the fall. The color change is complete.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
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