Listed below are a few of our favorite fall programs and activities. To find out about additional programs, visit our Calendar or call the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200 to speak with a ranger.
Things to do this Fall
Take a Hike amid Autumn Colors Walk among maples amidst colorful maples resplendent in scarlet and gold! The 5 mile roundtrip Winchell Trail is a hiking-only trail on the west bank of the Mississippi River between Franklin Avenue and 44thStreet in Minneapolis. Unpaved trails break away from the main trail along the bluffs and cut into the woods, permitting additional exploration of the Mississippi Gorge. Peak color varies from year to year, but usually occurs around the end of September to the first weekend in October. There are several sets of stairs and trails that lead down the bluff to the trail at various places along the route.
Mississippi River Geocaches Geocaching is an outdoor game in which participants use GPS receivers to find cleverly hidden canisters containing a logbook and trinkets left behind by others. The Mississippi River Geocache is a series of caches placed in partner parks within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Ranger on Call Fall is a great time to get out and explore the Mississippi River by hiking. With the Ranger on Call program you can learn about some of the park's most special places. To get started, visit thewebsiteor visit a designated site and dial 1.877.727.1172 on your cell phone.
Healthy River Healthy You
The Healthy River Healthy You podcast helps take steps towards building a healthier lifestyle and river by offering health and environment tips and fun river facts and history while you walk alongside the Mississippi River.
Go Fishing! Fishing is great in the fall as fish prepare for the cold water of winter, but there are so many other things to do while fishing in the fall as well. Birds are migrating, wildlife stalks the river banks, the air is crisp, and the leaves are changing. Fall is one of Minnesotans favorite times of the year. Find out more about fishing on the Mississippi River.