The temps are dipping as fall moves into the Midwest and Kansas City boasts an impressive list of places to view the beautiful and changing colors of the landscape. Check out these spots to view the best fall foliage across the metro!
Kansas City, MO: National WWI Museum and Memorial (2 Memorial Dr.) Picturesque in any season, bright reds and oranges bring stunning new sights to the National WWI Museum and Memorial each autumn. Soak in the vibrant fall colors, plus unmatched skyline views and towering historical tributes, at 2 Memorial Drive in Downtown Kansas City.
Clay County, MO: Watkins Mill State Park & Historic Site Between Kearney and Excelsior Springs, MO is the perfect place to visit for fall colors in Clay! The trail hugging the lake near the Boat Launch is particularly scenic during the fall. Another great spot at the State Park is the parking lot between the railroad tracks and Mt. Vernon Church. Click here to see a park map.
Liberty, MO: Stocksdale Park Trails (901 S La Frenz Rd.)
The seven miles of wooded trails at Liberty's Stocksdale Park are perfect for mountain biking or walking and viewing fall foliage. There are several options for shorter routes available if you're not up to completing the entire seven miles.
Lansing, KS: Angel Falls (900 W. Ida St.)
Discover the beauty of fall in Lansing. Park at the St. Francis de Sales Church at 900 W Ida St., just a mile west of Highway 73. Then, take a stroll down the paved trail to Angel Falls and enjoy the fall splendor!
Atchison, KS: Return to Nazareth Garden Atchison is well-known for its spectacular fall foliage. Every year, people come from all over to see our historic homes and stately buildings surrounded by beautiful hues of red, gold, and brown.
One of the best places to view the fall foliage is from atop the Missouri River bluff at the newly constructed Return to Nazareth Garden located at St. Benedict's Abbey on the Benedictine College Campus 1020 North Second Street.
Leavenworth, KS: Downtown fall drive
Leavenworth is the beginning of the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway and home to beautiful fall colors. Take a drive along Esplanade Street in historic downtown Leavenworth to view all the beautiful trees and colors along the banks of the Missouri River. End your drive at the corner of 5th and Shawnee to view the beautiful Gingko tree at City Hall.
Bonner Springs, KS: Lions Park (300 W. Morse Ave.) Roam around Lions Park with 1.5 miles of trail to walk and beautiful scenic views to take in along Spring Creek. Bring your dog to the K9 & Me Dog Park next to Lions Park or bring the family to enjoy the three playgrounds, basketball court, and baseball fields inside the park.
Kansas City, KS: Wyandotte County Lake
Fresh air, cooler weather and beautiful colors - fall is a great time to get outside and take in the season’s natural ambiance. Every year around this time, the trees around Wyandotte County Lake are on full display with their fiery hues. Whether you’ve got an hour to walk around and feel the leaves crunch beneath your feet, or just a few minutes for a quick, but beautiful, cruise in your car, you won’t want to miss the magic of the lake and its foliage.
Shawnee, KS: West Flanders Park (10920 W. 55th St.)
Located near downtown Shawnee at 55th and Niemann Road, this park offers a delightful garden, shelters for a picnic, and a half mile of walking paths. Most notably, there are over a half dozen autumn Purple Ash, Sugar Maples, Red Maples, and Gingko trees that typically turn the beautiful fall orange, red and brown each October and November.
Merriam, KS: Antioch Park (6501 Antioch Rd.)
Fall has never looked so beautiful as when you trek along the paved walking trail at Merriam's Antioch Park. Enjoy the vibrant, changing colors of autumn, glimpse at wildlife across two lakes, snap beautiful fall photos or organize a family photo shoot, hop the skipping stones or just take in the cool, crisp fall air on your visit. Park amenities include two fishing lakes, walking paths, tennis courts, picnic shelters, basketball court, restrooms, the historic Dodge Town play area, Vietnam War Memorial and playground. Learn more here!
Lenexa, KS: Little Mill Creek Trail
The Little Mill Creek Trail offers a scenic, woodsy route through Lenexa. Beginning at Blackfish Parkway and heading south, soon reaching a T-juncture; here, you can head west on another trail into Lackman Park, or continue southeast toward Little Mill Creek North Park. After crossing 79th Street, you'll enter Little Mill Creek South Park. Both the north and south parks offer athletic fields and natural areas. The trail ends at a staircase at 87th Street Parkway in a residential area. Cross the road to enter Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, which has a lake, playground, picnic areas, restrooms, athletic fields and skate park.
Olathe, KS: Lake Olathe (191 N. Ward Cliff Dr.)
Enjoy Olathe’s beautiful outdoors at Lake Olathe. Explore the beautiful trails, previewing fall foliage across the lake, or try your disc golf skills on our disc golf course! Lake Olathe is also home to a nature playground, a family fun playground, and an interactive art exhibit. For more information visit www.olatheks.org.
Gardner Edgerton: Lewis Farms (18100 Edgerton Rd) Head north just outside of Edgerton to take your favorite fall sunflower photos. Four acres of fields bloom in late Sept/early October, perfect for all those family photos. No entrance fee required. Pumpkins, mums and other items for sale. Call 913-802-7425 for more information.