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Fall Color in Lake of the Ozarks Copy

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Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. If Fall is your favorite time of the year, you don’t’ want to miss the color in Lake of the Ozarks! You can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.   Autumn colors peak around the third week of October and linger until month’s end. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

  1.  Take Highway 42 east out of Osage Beach for a unique drive through Miller County that meanders through Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take a short detour on Swinging Bridges Road out of Brumley to see the old swinging bridges southwest of town. One Swinging Bridge crosses over Grand Auglaize Creek and the other bridge over Mill Creek. These bridges were built in the 1920s by Joseph Dice, a regionally famous bridge builder who did not engineer his bridges.  Construction measurements were  eyeballed with a ball of string. Head back to Highway 42 and follow Highway 42 out to the Iberia.
  1. For beautiful views on the north side of the Lake area, take a drive from Eldon to Gravois Mills. Head southwest of Eldon on Route Y from Highway 52 west of town. Route Y turns into Route W.  Turn right to take W northwest and connect with Golden Beach Road. Stay to the right again for a tour along Little Gravois Cove via Seals Road. Cross the upper reaches of the Lake here after turning left onto Coffee Drive. To get to Gravois Mills  turn right on Anchorage Road and take Route TT south. Finally, continue until you come out on Highway 5 north of town.

 

Fall Color in Lake of the Ozarks Copy

brucemitchfallhuricanedeck

Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. If Fall is your favorite time of the year, you don’t’ want to miss the color in Lake of the Ozarks! You can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.   Autumn colors peak around the third week of October and linger until month’s end. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

  1.  Take Highway 42 east out of Osage Beach for a unique drive through Miller County that meanders through Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take a short detour on Swinging Bridges Road out of Brumley to see the old swinging bridges southwest of town. One Swinging Bridge crosses over Grand Auglaize Creek and the other bridge over Mill Creek. These bridges were built in the 1920s by Joseph Dice, a regionally famous bridge builder who did not engineer his bridges.  Construction measurements were  eyeballed with a ball of string. Head back to Highway 42 and follow Highway 42 out to the Iberia.
  1. For beautiful views on the north side of the Lake area, take a drive from Eldon to Gravois Mills. Head southwest of Eldon on Route Y from Highway 52 west of town. Route Y turns into Route W.  Turn right to take W northwest and connect with Golden Beach Road. Stay to the right again for a tour along Little Gravois Cove via Seals Road. Cross the upper reaches of the Lake here after turning left onto Coffee Drive. To get to Gravois Mills  turn right on Anchorage Road and take Route TT south. Finally, continue until you come out on Highway 5 north of town.

 

Fall Color in Lake of the Ozarks Copy

 brucemitchfallhuricanedeck

A true sign of fall in Lake of the Ozarks is the stellar fall color show from the likes of dogwoods, thong trees, and oak-hickory forests. Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. As a result, you can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.

Timing of Fall Color

Timing of fall color change and leaf fall are primarily regulated by the calendar, that is, the increasing length of night.  As days grow shorter, and nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with Nature’s autumn palette. Fall colors peak around the third week of October and linger into the middle of November. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

One very popular drive is through Ha Ha Tonka State Park which is only 17 miles from our Osage Beach Condos . Ha Ha Tonka State Park was voted one of the best state parks in Missouri by readers of AAA Midwest Traveler.  Chock full of Beautiful hiking trails, breathtaking views, caverns, tunnels and more therefore,  a sight to behold.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park features 16 miles of spectacular scenery, natural wonders and the famous Ha Ha Tonka castle ruins. The 12 hiking trails in the State Park vary from accessible, paved walkways to rugged, rocky trails, providing a diverse experience for hikers.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is another great option for viewing magnificent color.  This state park features 16.5 miles of trails, as well as cycling and horseback riding trails, that attract the casual strollers to serious trekkers. There are also cycling and horseback riding trails as well. You can download a few of the trail maps for Lake of the Ozarks State Park below. Meander through one of the trails below to view first hand nature’s magnificent display.

BluestemKnoll.pdf

CoakleyHollowTrail.pdf

FawnsRidgeTrail.pdf

HiddenSpringsTrail.pdf

HoneyRun.pdf

LakeTrail.pdf

LakeviewBendTrail.pdf

RockyTop.pdf

ShadyRidgeTrail.pdf

 

 

Fall Color in Lake of the Ozarks

brucemitchfallhuricanedeck

Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. If Fall is your favorite time of the year, you don’t’ want to miss the color in Lake of the Ozarks! You can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.   Autumn colors peak around the third week of October and linger until month’s end. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

  1.  Take Highway 42 east out of Osage Beach for a unique drive through Miller County that meanders through Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take a short detour on Swinging Bridges Road out of Brumley to see the old swinging bridges southwest of town. One Swinging Bridge crosses over Grand Auglaize Creek and the other bridge over Mill Creek. These bridges were built in the 1920s by Joseph Dice, a regionally famous bridge builder who did not engineer his bridges.  Construction measurements were  eyeballed with a ball of string. Head back to Highway 42 and follow Highway 42 out to the Iberia.
  1. For beautiful views on the north side of the Lake area, take a drive from Eldon to Gravois Mills. Head southwest of Eldon on Route Y from Highway 52 west of town. Route Y turns into Route W.  Turn right to take W northwest and connect with Golden Beach Road. Stay to the right again for a tour along Little Gravois Cove via Seals Road. Cross the upper reaches of the Lake here after turning left onto Coffee Drive. To get to Gravois Mills  turn right on Anchorage Road and take Route TT south. Finally, continue until you come out on Highway 5 north of town.