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Your Ozarks Fall Bucket List

This season's outdoor bucket list is all about the southwest Missouri activities that put you in that pumpkin spice mood.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Oct 2020

Young girl running through a corn maze in southwest Missouri
Photo by Heather KaneTest your puzzle skills this fall by checking out a local corn maze. Purchase Photo

Spy Fiery Fall Color

It’s too early to find changing leaves this month, but as the season progresses we’ll see blazing fall color in southwest Missouri. Why not go for a drive to take it all in? We recommend the Glade Top Trail near Ava. The scenic drive through Mark Twain National Forest is also incredible in the fall. Head down to Branson and take our advice on some creative ways to see fall color from unique vantage points or from the water. Or, if you're feeling a little more adventurous, try one of these colorful hikes.

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

The smell of dry corn stalks with the crunching of fallen leaves underfoot takes us right back to childhood. Visit a local corn maze and tap into a little nostalgia. Most sites also have games, snacks, hayrides and more.

Pick a Perfect Pumpkin

Scouring a pumpkin patch for the perfect gourd is a quintessential fall experience. Ideal local patches can be found at Rutledge-Wilson Farm, Fassnight Creek Farm, Pickin' Patch Farm, Campbell's Maze Daze & Pumpkin Patch and Onward Acres.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The great outdoors is one of our best assets here in 417-land. Whether you choose to hike, camp or float, you're sure to enjoy the crisp temperatures and brilliant fall colors. Also try your hand at an Ozarks tradition and head out hunting.

Decorate for Fall and Halloween

Refresh your front porch or interior decor with heirloom pumpkins and gourds to make you smile every time you arrive home. Also try surrounding your senses with the season by lighting an autumn inspired candle. Outdo yourself and impress your family with a thoughtful tablesetting. Then, at the end of the season, discard your organic decor in an eco-friendly way.

The Ultimate Guide to Fall Fun in Southwest MO


We love fall so much here at 417 Magazine that we've put an extensive list of fall activities together to ensure you get the most out of your Ozarks autumn.