By: News Intern Katherine Jones
ST. PAUL- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released a list of areas ripe with autumnal colors yesterday.
Depending on the forest drive, visitors might see a spectacular mix of dark evergreen amid vivid autumn hues of maples, oaks, and aspens, set against a backdrop of bluffs, lakes and winding rivers. Minnesota’s 59 state forests cover more than 4.2 million acres, each one is a unique experience.
“This fall’s overall color display should be vivid and travel-worthy,” said Val Cervenka, the forest health program consultant in the Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division. “Minnesota has had one of the wettest years on record since 1871, so our fall color should be impressive.”
The DNR has highlighted five fantastic forest drives for this fall. Visit the state forest scenic drives website for route directions and more details. Entrance into state forests is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night.