Looking for fall along the Buffalo River, Minnesota

Fall took its time arriving this year, teasing me with the promise of brilliant color while remaining green for an exceptionally long time. This was true of Buffalo River State Park (located near Moorhead in northwestern Minnesota) when I visited in early October.

It clearly wasn’t summer anymore, as the man-made swimming hole had been drained for the season.

closed swimming beach at Buffalo River State Park

No doubt about it: closed for the season!

Still, the woods along the Buffalo River only showed hints of fall, with traces of yellow laced through the faded green silk of late summer.

fall woods at Buffalo River State Park

fall woods at Buffalo River State Park

fall woods at Buffalo River State Park

fall woods at Buffalo River State Park

fall woods at Buffalo River State Park

fall woods at Buffalo River State Park

Signs of fall were clearer in the prairie, where the grasses had turned to rust and the sumac glowed red.

Buffalo River State Park

prairieBuffalo River

oak savana at Buffalo River

sumac Buffalo River

milkweed Buffalo River State Park Minnesota -ExplorationVacation.net

They are not-so-subtle hints that winter is approaching.

Buffalo River State Park is located just outside Fargo/Moorhead. The park is open throughout the year, although the campgrounds and swimming area are only open seasonally.

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