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 September is already here? Where did summer even go?!
If you’re not into summer heat and bustling crowds, there is no better time than fall to head to the Lake of the Ozarks.
Fall festivals. Jacket weather. S’mores and reminiscing over a campfire. The changing leaves. Gold. Red. Orange. Brown. Beautiful.
This month, there are several events you’ll want to check out, including:
- 14th Annual Fall Festival in Osage Beach
- Iguana Fireworks at Iguana Cove on September 11th
- Grand Opening of Pickleheads Roadhouse September 11th – 14th
- BIKEFEST 2014!
- 45th Annual Laurie Hillbilly Fair
- AND MORE!
Check out a full list of events in September at the Lake of the Ozarks here.
Give your family one last outing to the Lake of the Ozarks!!
There are plenty of events — indoor and outdoor — for families, couples, or for a Ladies’ Weekend.
Click on the image below for a full list of events this August at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Photo by: Al Griffin Photography
There’s no shortage of breathtaking views at the Lake of the Ozarks.
But if you want to see the lake the way the birds see it, you’ve got to do a little climbing
LakeExpo.com has a piece from Al Griffin, who scaled the tower and took some gorgeous photos.
One day in May, I lugged a full camera bag up the tower and spent hours photographing the lush green countryside. Hills marching away mile after mile, majestic pine after pine and dense oak layered with shorter redbud and dogwood paint the Ozarks with a vibrant green brush to the horizon line. Looking down upon a fully mature pine tree jolts the senses and delights the eye by the unexpected perspective.
The 100-foot Fire Tower, found at the Camdenton Conservation Service Center, is open to the public, with the viewing platform standing at 80 feet above the ground. Be sure to take your binoculars and your best camera!
Driving Directions to the Camdenton Conservation Service Center
From the junction of Highways 54 and 5, take Highway 54 west to Business Highway 5, then take Business Highway 5 north to Old Route 5. Turn left and take an immediate left onto Thunder Mountain Road. Continue west 0.6 miles to office.
Believe it or not, summer is in full swing!!
If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial Day weekend, there’s still PLENTY of summer left.
Looking for a place to stay? We’ve got you covered. Browse our gorgeous, cozy vacation rental homes.
Also, June is packed-full of lots of exciting events you won’t want to miss!
Click below to check out what’s going on at the Lake in June. From the Bar Hop Cruise to Canine Cannonball the Lake of the Ozarks Festival of Arts, there is always something for everyone. This is the good life, after all!
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