Explore Fall

Things to Do


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.

Colorful trees line a path through the forest.

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 44th Street 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 the website or visit a designated site and dial 1.877.727.1172 on your cell phone.

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.

Last updated: July 21, 2017

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111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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