Five Ways to See Autumn Colors Around the Ozarks Region


If you enjoy witnessing the transformation of leaves in the Ozarks during the autumn season, consider exploring some unconventional ways and exciting experiences, aside from hiking, to appreciate the vibrant fall hues this region has to offer.


Embark on a watery journey to witness the stunning autumnal scenery in the Ozarks. Set out in a kayak or canoe and navigate the James River or Lake Springfield to enjoy a close-up perspective of the changing foliage in Springfield. Additional fantastic waterways to explore include:

  • Fellows Lake
  • Pomme De Terre Lake
  • Table Rock Lake
  • Lake Taneycomo
  • Stockton Lake

Biking the Trails

The Ozark Greenway trail network comprises an extensive network of more than 200 miles of distinctive pathways, with many suitable for cycling. As the foliage transforms into brilliant hues of red, orange, and gold, these trails burst to life with the vibrant colors of autumn, providing cyclists with a scenic and revitalizing journey through nature’s breathtaking seasonal change. Pedal your way through the Ozarks’ enchanting beauty, with a plethora of trails to keep you captivated throughout the entire season.


Featuring a range of golf courses catering to players of all skill levels, the Ozarks emerges as an essential destination for golf enthusiasts and a fantastic chance to witness the autumn foliage in September and October. Explore a comprehensive catalog of golf courses in the Springfield and Branson areas here.

Tours at Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail

Indulge in a memorable 2.5-mile excursion aboard an electric cart while you venture through the Top of the Rock Lost Canyon and Nature Trail. This trail was designed to showcase remarkable rock formations, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic vistas of Table Rock Lake. The tour becomes even more extraordinary during autumn when the Ozark Mountains undergo a stunning metamorphosis, painting the landscape with a vibrant sunset of colors.


There’s no superior way to appreciate the autumnal hues in the Ozarks than from an elevated vantage point. Reserve a skydiving adventure at the Ozarks Skydive Center during the fall season for a unique perspective that few have the chance to witness. Following your exhilarating descent, make sure to visit Hangar Kafe, conveniently located next door!

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