Spectacular fall foliage awaits
The Ozarks is known, in part, for its spectacular fall foliage showing, courtesy of Mother Nature. This year, the trees are expected to start changing their woodland palette from summer green to autumn's vibrant yellows, reds and oranges in the first week of October, reaching the peak around mid-month and continuing through the first few days of November. Foliage enthusiasts will notice the early-turning yellows of walnut, box elder and elm starting to appear along with sumacs that are just starting to turn red and purple, and a few maples are hinting at red due to a short cool snap in early August. This year, the trees have entered fall in better shape than they have in the last two years, but they are still in recovery following a severe drought.
Democrat photo/Kerry Hays