When will the leaves change color in Iowa?

By Rachel on September 30, 2015 in Blog

Beaverdale Woodland

Beaverdale Woodland Fall Colors

The winds are getting colder, the leaves are starting to fall, and the birds are flying away. It’s fall in Iowa, and it’s time to get the most out of the autumn season!

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a quick and easy guide for the perfect fall color viewing. The DNR’s Fall Color Map shows the prime times of when the leaves are set to change so you can fully enjoy the fall season.

In the northern part of Iowa, you can expect to see the leaves to start changing the last week of September and into the early weeks of October. In the more southern parts of the state, trees will change the second through fourth weeks in October.

The DNR also assembled the specific characteristics of Iowan trees as they get ready for winter. You can expect to see colors ranging from yellow to purple this fall season depending on the species of tree you’re looking at. The list of trees and their leaf color characteristics can be viewed on the Iowa DNR website.

For fall conditions across the state call 515-233-4110. The DNR also puts out a weekly fall color report on their website so you can stay up to date with peak color times.