Best Places to See Fall Colors in Missouri:Fall Color Forecast

This Map Will Show You Exactly When and Where Fall Foliage Will Peak This Year


Update for 2019 -Click Here to See Entire Map

People who live in Missouri believe fall is the best season of the year. Why? The humidity is finally bearable and so is the heat! The Show Me State is one of the best places in the nation to view the changing colors of fall. Reports are indicating that the display of autumnal colors will last a little longer this year and start a little later than usual. It looks like the best times this season will be in mid-to-late October. If you’re looking for guidance before booking a trip, you may want to visit SmokeyMountains.com and check out their mapping predictions. (Sample of how it works is in the above video).

Fall colors in Missouri

Missouri Conservation Department
Forecasts Fall Colors

Fall Forecast for the St Louis Region

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation:”Predicting the peak of fall color can be difficult. Missouri is blessed with a great variety of trees, shrubs, and vines. Their leaves turn at different times, so Missourians enjoy a fall color season that may last four to six weeks. Sassafras, sumac, and Virginia creeper are some of the earliest to change, beginning in mid-September. By late September, black gum, bittersweet, and dogwood are turning.

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The peak of fall color in Missouri is usually around mid-October. This is when maples, ashes, oaks, and hickories are at the height of their fall display. Normally by late October, the colors are fading and the leaves beginning to drop from the trees.

The progression of color change starts earliest in north Missouri and moves southward across the state. Generally, the color change is predictable, but it can vary from year to year. Much depends on the weather.”

Beginning to Turn

The color change has slowed significantly because of the warmer-than-normal weather. Vibrant fall color depends on a number of factors, but having warm days with cool nights is rather important as we progress into the season. Some of the early-changing species, such as sumacs, dogwoods, ashes and walnut, have defoliated or turned brown with the drought conditions across the region. In areas that received scattered rain, some of these same species are still green and a few individuals have decent yellow color. In urban and suburban landscapes, sweet gum and red and sugar maples are beginning to turn. Typically, these are more mid-season species, so it’s likely that peak will be later than usual, but we’ll need some rain separated by some bright, sunny days and cool nights to get the best possible display. As mentioned before, our drought-tolerant native wildflowers continue to provide a good display of color.

Here Are The Fall Color Updates for Missouri

Fall Color Hot Spots in St. Louis Region

Newest Update: 10-03-2019 from the Missouri Department of Conservation  

Fall color in the St. Louis Region is slow to arrive this year mostly due to the hotter-than-normal temperatures. The very dry conditions over much of the region for the last 4–6 weeks, combined with the fungal activity from the wetter-than-usual weather earlier in the season, is causing early defoliation in some trees. Early-changing species, such as hackberry, birch, walnut, sycamore, cottonwood, and dogwoods, are showing patchy color, but in most cases the color is muted. Hopefully the predicted cooler weather will help bring out more color, but we need some precipitation to keep the leaves around long enough to provide a show.

Fall Color Hot Spots

Since the color in the trees is currently lacking, enjoy the late-season wildflower display ― of asters, goldenrods, sunflowers, and many others ― at Conservation Areas with prairies or glades, such as Busch, Victoria Glades, and Valley View Glades Conservation Areas and Shaw Nature Reserve.

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