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When And Where To Expect Missouri’s Fall Foliage To Peak This Year

Only In Missouri
Only In Missouri
 2021-09-16

Autumn’s all about fun – from crisp, golden days at the pumpkin patch to long, leisurely drives to admire the fall foliage. Knowing just when to expect when the colors will be at their most vibrant in Missouri makes it so much easier for us to plan our fall activities. Here’s when and where we can expect Missouri’s fall foliage to peak in 2021.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

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Pull out the calendar and start making plans, because SmokyMountains.com has officially released its fall foliage predictions, including when to expect the leaves to peak in your area.
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However, one thing is different about this year’s predictions. SmokyMountains.com, founded by David Angotti, will release a mid-season update, too. That means you’ll have an even better chance of catching the fall foliage at its peak.
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If you live in the southwestern part of the state, you might be among the first to start seeing the leaves start to turn. Patchy fall foliage is expected the week of September 27 with near-peak occurring the week of October 11.
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Catch the fall foliage at its peak, if you live in southwestern Missouri during the week of October 18. If you want until after that week, you’ll miss out on the most colorful time of the season.
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Northern Missouri will start seeing patchy fall colors beginning the week of October 4 followed by partial coverage the next week (October 11).
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Get out your cameras, and plan your leaf peeping for the near peak week of October 18 and the peak week of October 25.
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However, if you’re in the southeastern and southcentral part of the state, you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the fall foliage to arrive. Patchy coverage is expected the week of October 11; partial on October 18, and near peak on October 18.
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You’ll enjoy the leaves at their most brilliant and at their peak the week of November 1.
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Stop by the official website of SmokyMountains.com to see the current map. Don’t forget to stop back mid-season for updates.

Where’s your favorite spot to view Missouri’s fall foliage? Are you excited for autumn to finally arrive? Join the conversation in the comments! When you’re ready to go leaf peeping, check out some of the 11 most beautiful fall destinations in Missouri.

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