With fall comes the changing of the seasons and with the changing seasons comes incredible beauty at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Dazzling trees, adorned with red, orange, golden, and brown leaves. That short span of time between that last gasp of summer and before the cold breath of winter.
Sure, you’ve probably admired these changing leaves at some point in your life. We’ve all done it. But there is a more avid group of fall leaf enthusiasts called “leaf peepers”. Now, this might sound a little creepy at first, but we promise — it’s nothing of the sort.
Leaf peeing is the act of traveling intentionally to see the changing leaves. The origins of the term are rather fuzzy, however leaf peeping is a big hit anywhere trees are in abundance…especially in the New England states. But it only takes one visit to the Lake of the Ozarks in the fall to see that we are the perfect destination to get your fill of leaf peeping.
In case you’re scratching your head, wondering if you might be a leaf peeper, here are three signs to look for:
- You find yourself gazing out the window, a little too often, while driving. We don’t blame you! The beauty of nature can make it rather difficult to look away. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road! One tip is to find a rest stop or scenic vantage point to stop and take it all in. These changing trees look even more gorgeous when you can stand still and look at every detail.
- Your Facebook page is filled with photos of trees, glistening with orange, red, and gold. Don’t be shy to admit it. As fall arrives, you find yourself taking more photos of trees with your phone and either sharing them on Facebook or sharing them with friends and family. You may also take multiple photos from different angles in order to get that perfect shot!
- You stash a pair of binoculars in your purse or glove compartment, “just in case”. This one is for the hardcore leaf peepers. Because there are times when you just can’t get close enough. Thankfully, at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails to get up close and personal with fall foliage.
Whether you’re a proud leaf peeper or just a casual observer of fall, there are few destinations better than the Lake of the Ozarks to see fall foliage in all its glory.
Can you believe we’re just 12 days away from the first day of fall?!
Not sure if it’s just us, but summer sure did zoom by! The Lake of the Ozarks is bustling full of energy during the summer. Lots of people. Lots of parties. Lots of live music, events, and gorgeous fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend. It’s a wonderful time to be at the lake.
As with every summer, it eventually comes to an end. As temperatures drop and the crowds subside, a new, majestic beauty arrives. Fall (or Autumn – whatever you like to call it) at the Lake of the Ozarks is truly magical. If you’ve only visited during the summer, here are three reasons you should make the trek this fall:
- Foliage galore: Golds. Reds. Oranges. Browns. If you’re eyes are craving some natural beauty, look no further. Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore around the lake on foot. Navigate trails. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Soak up the wild colors Mother Nature has to offer. The leaves during this time of year even make the Dogwoods jealous!
- The crowds are gone: Boats on the lake begin to thin out. Kids head back to school. The pace at the lake begins to slow down. If a tranquil, slower pace is what you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed. Sure, there’s still people. But nothing like the summer. Take advantage of this peace. Our days are often hectic, especially between Halloween until the holidays in December. Come on down and get a much needed breather away from it all.
- So very cozy: Fall means cozy jackets, occasional scarves, and all things pumpkin spice. And of course, fall just isn’t fall without a piping hot mug of apple cider. This is also an especially fun time of year to visit the many antique stores found at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s a list of some of the festivals and craft fairs happening this fall.
You’ve probably heard of bird watching, but have you heard of leaf peeping?
LakeNewsOnline has a great idea for when you visit the lake this fall!
Any Ozark day brings serendipities of nature’s events. But, where are the green’s of nature? The skylines that have been summer lushes of green foliage tones have been replaced by hues of golds, ambers, and tangerine oranges, and rusts. Soon the vibrant colors will become shades of winter’s brown tones.
Travel anywhere to find your favorite fall niche. Locally, leaf peeping can be done in your own backyard and to anyplace in Miller, Camden, or Morgan Counties. Enjoy views of high bluffs that are exposed to sunlight by land, water, or air. Captivating colors can be found in cemeteries, along roadways, and local parks such as Bennett Springs. Ha Ha Tonka State Park offers inspiring landscapes at every view. The lookout at Bagnell Dam gives a majestic view of land and water as does the historic Wilmore Lodge. Attend fall festivities and enjoy short road trips. Create lasting memories by pressing special foliage into a “peepers” scrapbook.
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