Fall in Minnesota is such a special time of year. It lasts only a few months, but it is jam packed with going to apple orchards, watching football games and taking in all of the beautiful fall colors before old man winter comes. It is my favorite time of year, especially capturing all of the beautiful orange, gold and red colored leaves. Are you looking for some great places to photograph the beautiful fall leaves in Minnesota? Below is my list of 5 favorite places to photograph the gorgeous fall colors.
1. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of my favorite places in Minnesota! The park is located approximately 20 miles north of Two Harbors on Highway 61. The park is located right on Lake Superior and boasts great views of the lake and the famous lighthouse! My favorite spots to take photographs of the lighthouse are located at the scenic overlook off of Highway 61 right before the entrance to get into the park and Pebble Beach. The MN DNR has published a map of where to take pictures of the lighthouse here.
2. Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
Centennial Lakes Park is a hidden gem approximately 20 minutes south of Minneapolis in the suburb of Edina. There is a walking trail around the park where there is great photo taking opportunities of the lake and the trees surrounding the lake.
3. Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Another hidden gem is Lebanon Hills Regional Park located in Eagan. The park offers miles of hiking trails, many lakes and canoeing opportunities. My favorite spot to take photographs is at the Holland Lake trailhead, where there is a great overlook to view the fall colors and the lake. It is best to go right before sunset to capture the wonderful reflection the trees have onto the lake.
4. Minneahaha Falls Regional Park, Minneapolis
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park is located in South Minneapolis. It contains miles of paved trails for walkers and bikers to explore the park. The main attraction is of course the falls, which is located near the Sea Salt Eatery. The falls can be photographed from the overlook near the restaurant or you can walk down steep stairs to get to the base of the waterfall. The falls are best photographed in the early morning or late afternoon.
5. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a fantastic place outside of Minneapolis to see and photograph the fall colors. There are plenty of trails to walk, hike, bike or drive around the park and take in the fantastic scenery. I recommend the Three-Mile Drive, which will bring you around the entire park, with stop off points along the way to take photos.
Where are your favorite places to photograph the fall colors?