Missouri Fall Foliage Shines at Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks belongs to the trees when fall comes to central Missouri. There is no need to trek to other states when the spectacular fall colors can be seen closer to home.


A combination of scenic views and pleasant temperatures makes the Lake of the Ozarks a popular fall treat. The Huffington Post agrees, because they awarded the Lake of the Ozarks a spot on their 10 Best Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S. list.

During the fall season, the trees take the spotlight to dazzle with their multitude of colors. Experience the changing colors from the water; take a scenic drive; and relax at one of the wineries.

To get a closer view, the area offers hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding at the Missouri’s largest state park. Lake of the Ozarks State Park has 12 trails that wind through the thousands of acres of crimson, gold, auburn and purple leaves. Click here for more information about the park, or go to VisitMO.com.

While Missouri enjoys a fall color season that can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, there is a prime time to see the scenic fall views at the Lake of the Ozarks. These autumn colors peak around the third week of October and will stay at their peak until month’s end.

Leaf lovers, nature enthusiasts and first time tree-huggers should experience fall at its finest and make the short trip to the Lake of the Ozarks to find out firsthand why it is one of the best fall foliage trips in the U.S.

Written by Katie Caraway, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

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