Aug 27, 2022 - Things to Do

Iowa's fall foliage forecast

Fall color map.
Head north if you want to see fall colors sooner. Map courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Start planning a road trip: Peak fall foliage is just over a month out, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

State of play: Northern Iowa can expect colors to peak sometime around the last of September. Southern areas can be a month later.

  • Last year's peak in central Iowa was the week of Oct. 20.

Of note: Drought can result in fewer days that colors are at a peak.

  • Yes, but: Recent rains may have saved the season from a disappointing color show, state climatologist Justin Glisan tells Axios.
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