October is the month to see fall color in Illinois and this week is no exception. Escape to one of Illinois’ many natural treasures to see fall color pop before your eyes. From hiking through Illinois state parks and forest preserves to biking through national forests, there’s no shortage of ways to see fall color in Illinois. Remember to check our blog each week throughout the season for updates on where to see the best colors.
Great Rivers Country
Fall colors are peaking in the northern areas of Great Rivers Country, so there is no better time to catch them than this weekend. Red Maple and White Ash are lush with pinkish-purple colors, while the yellow hues of the Hickory and Sumac are transforming into stunning deep reds and purples. After taking in the beautiful colors in the northern part of the state, drive south along the Mississippi River to enjoy the turning of the colors all over again.
Trails to Adventure
While there’s still plenty of green in Southern Illinois’ Trails to Adventure region, this week is the prime time for bold colors to being appearing. The Red Maples are finally showing their famous deep crimson color, while the Persimmons are bright yellow with beautiful orange fruit. Sugar Maples are showing bold harvest orange and Sassafras abounds with an array of oranges, reds and yellows.
Chicago & Beyond
In the past week, colors in the Chicago & Beyond region have begun reaching their peak, with stunning reds seen throughout the area. The Oak trees along the Illinois River bluffs are still green in many areas, providing vibrant contrasts to the surrounding yellows and oranges. Sugar Maples are showing a rainbow of shades as Sumacs are bright red and yellow. Also, be sure to keep your eyes open for the striking reddish orange of the Sassafras trees.
Land of Lincoln
Most Sugar Maples in the Land of Lincoln are turning a beautiful combination of yellow, orange and red. White Oaks are just starting to sport some purple leaves and the Sassafras trees are in full color with brilliant reds and oranges. Ash and Maples are also turning vibrant shades of orange and red, providing an abundance of different hues throughout the region.
— Illinois Office of Tourism