Fall color reaching its peak in Carlton CountySpectacular colors won’t last long, so grab your camera and your hiking shoes and go!
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
If you haven’t immersed yourself in the fall color just yet, don’t wait.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), colors are at their peak in Jay Cooke State Park, with at least 75 percent of trees still in full leaf color, which is expected to hold out through the coming weekend.
A hike along the river is usually the best place to go to see fall colors, according to the DNR, but because the Swinging Bridge is still currently closed hikers are advised to ask in the office about how to get to different open areas.
The DNR recommends an easy trail along the river called the CCC Trail, offering views of both the forest and the rapids. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, the Carlton Trail on the other side of the river offers fantastic river views along a more difficult trail.
“Colors on the drive in to the park along the river are a beautiful mix of yellows, oranges, red and green evergreens,” stated the DNR website earlier this week. “Ferns and grasses have turned that rich brown color they take on before winter, and many brown-eyed Susans are still blooming.”
Right now is also a beautiful time to hike any of the trails in Moose Lake State Park, with leaves, grasses and flowers at 75 to 100 percent of fall color and, reports the DNR, “The bugs have mostly gone away!”
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Be sure to look for different birds migrating through the area while you are on your fall color hike — and don’t forget your camera.