Excellent Fall Colors at Lake Carlos State Park

September 30, 2014    //    James Feist

Lake Carlos State park in the fall


Considering all the lakes and trees around Alexandria, it’s difficult to say exactly where the best fall colors are located around the area. However, after visiting Lake Carlos State park over the weekend, I’m convinced that this must be one of them! Sure, camping is always fun at the park, but it is close enough to town that it also makes a nice little outing while staying at one of our lodging properties.

You can rent a canoe, paddleboat, fishing kit, birding kit or simply tie up your walking shoes for a hike. There are multiple hiking trails totaling around 20 miles in distance. Many sections of the trails go through dense forests of Basswood, Bur Oak, Birch and Maple trees. Autumn translation: hues of yellow, golden-brown, orange and red!

The colors in Lake Carlos State Park are near peak, so visit soon! You can get all the desired sensations of fall…beautiful colors, crunchy leaves under your feet and the comforting smell of a campfire. For programs, maps and more information about the park, visit their website.

A color update for the rest of the Alexandria area: Around 60-75% has turned. Many trees are displaying peak color while some are just now starting to turn. If weather conditions continue favorably, this hopefully could mean a long fall color season! Make sure to visit our Autumn Guide page for more listings and information!



James Feist