Looking for places to take in some beautiful fall colors? According to the Farmers’ Almanac, we’ve got a sixteen day window for prime viewing in Northern Illinois in 2017 – October 5 through October 21.
Phillips Park – Aurora IL
As we reported in a recent blog post, Phillips Park is the considered the crown jewel of Aurora IL parks. The large trees and shrunken garden provide a wonderful backdrop of color during the fall. Visit the on-site zoo with over 100 animals or the BMX/Skate Park for some great activities for the kids while you enjoy the natural beauty the park provides.
Morton Arboretum – Lisle IL
The Morton Arboretum is a natural wonderland for all ages any time of the year. With more than 200,000 plants and 1,700 acres of natural beauty, it’s a great place to view autumn’s brilliant colors. Stop at the Visitor Center when you arrive to receive a road guide and advice on the best viewing areas. They also have an online fall color report updated weekly to provide the most up-to-date information about optimal viewing locations.
Green Valley Forest Preserve – Naperville IL
Green Valley’s 190 foot scenic overlook offers a spectacular view of fall splendor in the surrounding forests below. As an added bonus, on clear days, you can also see the Chicago skyline! The overlook is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 6 PM through the end of October, weather permitting. An access road is located off Green Road just south of 79th street and a parking lot is available at the top. If you’re up for a bike ride or hike, there are over nine miles of trails to enjoy as well.
Virgil Gilman Trail – Aurora IL
If you’d prefer to bike ride through some of fall’s splendor, the eleven mile Virgil Gilman Trail winds through Aurora and Montgomery. The trail begins at Waubonsee Community College and makes its way through Bliss Grove Forest Preserve, Aurora West Forest Preserve, Blackberry Farm, Pioneer Park and Copley Park. All provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy fall colors and other wonders of nature along the way. If you’re feeling ambitious, the trail forges with the north-south Fox River Trail that runs 44 miles between Oswego and Algonquin IL.
We hope you have the opportunity to get out and about to take advantage of the beauty nature provides this time of year!