Fall Color Hotspots in the Alexandria Lakes Area

September 3, 2019    //    James Feist

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus

The Autumn Season is arriving in Minnesota, and it’s one of the best times of the year to get out and explore the Alexandria Lakes Area! Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from the diverse tree species makes for spectacular displays to accompany your favorite activities! Here is a list of the best places to catch fall colors in the Alexandria Lakes Area. Make sure to check our website throughout the season for updates on the progression of colors. Have fun, stay connected and keep Exploring!

1. Lake Carlos State Park

Lake Carlos State Park has over 14 miles of hiking trails that will get you deep in the woods, out to some grasslands and along the shores of Lake Carlos. One of the best trails in the park to see great fall colors is the Maple-Basswood Interpretive Trail (pictured above) where you will find brilliant colors on the maples, basswoods and aspens.

fall carlos cove Photo by James Feist
Path leading into a cove of trees along the Maple-Basswood Trail. Photo : James Feist
The colorful view of the Lakeview Group Camp & Day Use Area can be seen as you exit the east side of the Hidden Lake Trail. Photo : James Feist
Lake Carlos trail Photo by James Feist
Getting up close to the younger sugar maples growing in the rolling hills between the Maple-Basswood Trail and the Forestry Trail. Photo : James Feist
Lake Carlos Trail photo by James Feist
The eastern section of the Forestry Trail has a large population of sugar maples that make your surroundings glow with the hues of autumn! Photo : James Feist
Lake Carlos State Park photo by James Feist
Getting out on the water gives you a beautiful look of the colors along the shoreline. Canoe and kayak rentals available on site. Photo : James Feist
Lake Carlos State Park 2015 Photo by James Feist
Another good look at the Maple-Basswood Trail. Photo : James Feist

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