I love the fall. Some girls shine in the summer, but my season is definitely fall. From the sweatshirts and cardigans to bonfire and crock pots, fall is definitely my favorite.

Central Minnesota is a great place to be in the fall. The scenery is beyond beautiful and we celebrate the season in a big way. Here are a few stops you'll want to make in your own backyard this year.

  • 1

    Hidden Cove Orchard

    Hidden Cove Orchard is a beautiful traditional apple orchard located in Cold Spring. You can walk through the rows of apple trees or sit by the bonfire. They have a fall festival called Fall Apple Tyme Festival that happens the first weekend of October.

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  • 2

    Collegeville Orchards

    Saint John's University's Collegeville Orchards is not only a beautiful place to experience fall, but it's also a fun place to bring the family. You can take a hayride through their apple orchard, pick out a pumpkin from their patch or check out some of the farm animals they have. It's located along Fruit Farm Road in Collegeville.

    Alex Svejkovski

  • 3

    Nelson Farm

    Nelson Farm is the definition of fall in central Minnesota. They have a huge pumpkin patch, scarecrow stuffing, corn mazes, pumpkin chucking and a whole lot more. They are located in Litchfield.

    Ashli Gerdes

  • 4

    Lake Wobegone Trail

    The Lake Wobegone Trail is one of the best places to see the leaves change colors. The trail is full of changing leaves and fall flowers. If you're in the mood to take a walk or bike ride in the brisk fall air, this is the perfect place because it's 62-miles long, 10-feet wide. The pathway extends through Stearns and Todd counties from St. Joseph to Osakis.

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  • 5

    Saint John's Arboretum

    Saint John's University/ Saint John's Abbey Arboretum is a spectacular fall view. The university is located in the middle of the woods, surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature. The arboretum hosts a fall colors tour each year usually at the beginning of October. You should definitely check out a Johnny football game when the leaves are changing colors. It's a beautiful view.

    Ellen Kampa-Evans

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