Where to go: Enter the south side of the park on Hwy 74 to see maples beginning to turn. Hike the Coyote Point Trail to get a nice view of the prairie below where many fall flowers such as goldenrod, sneezeweed and coneflower are in bloom.
What you'll see: Maples, walnuts and ash are showing some color. Beaver are busy preparing their food caches for winter and may be seen along the Whitewater River behind the Visitor Center at back near the Modern Group Center. Migrating birds have been feeding on seeds in the prairie butterfly garden in front of the visitor center.
Also of interest: Waterfowl are already on the move. Drive up through the Wildlife Management Area on Hwy 74 to see a variety of ducks and a few trumpeter swans. Hike up the Elba Fire Tower for panoramic fall views of the valley.Last updated: September 16, 2014
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19041 Highway 74
Located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.