slow walking

slow walking

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and St. Charles County parks top the list of scenic places to view spectacular displays of colorful fall foliage. 

Whether you’re walking along trails or driving through the parks, picturesque backdrops await those seeking vibrant displays of rich amber, burnt orange, deep purple and shimmering gold this season.   

While it’s difficult to predict exactly when the leaves will turn, in eastern Missouri colors typically start changing in late September, peak in mid-October, and finish by mid-November, but weather plays a major role in this transformation. Different species of trees, including maple, sumac, dogwood, ash, oak, hickory, sassafras, and more, turn at different times, offering eye-catching vistas for up to six weeks. 

For a more personal experience in discovering the beauty of fall, guests are invited to join parks staff for the following scenic walks:

• Hidden Trail Exploration: 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Towne Park.

• Ranger-Guided Bird Walks: 8-9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30 at Matson Hill Park. 

• Golden Hour Hikes: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 at Quail Ridge Park; and 5:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at Towne Park.  

To make a reservation, visit and click “Activity Registration” or call (636) 949-7535.