It’s time to catch the fall leaves changing! With fall comes so much nostalgia and excitement with back to school, changing of seasons, crisp air in the mornings, and of course fall walks to see the leaves changing. Who doesn’t love the warm, rich tones of autumn’s changing leaves? It’s pure magic when you catch the trees at just the right time.
There are plenty of Wichita parks, trails, and neighborhoods with beautiful trees in the area – and when you catch just at the right moment, you can see the vibrant hues of the fall leaves while they change colors. Here is a Fall Foliage Prediction Map to help plan your fall outings (typically early to mid-October in Kansas).
Best Places to See Fall Leaves in Wichita
Chisholm Creek Park & Trails | 6232 E. 29th St. North
With acres of wooded areas and plenty of paved paths and nature trails, this is a family favorite to go on a fall nature hike! You can spot beautiful trees and make it an afternoon of walking or hiking to see the fall leaves changing.
Riverside Park | 720 Nims N
Near Downtown Wichita, Riverside is a charming neighborhood filled with character and with streets lined with beautiful mature trees. Riverside Park has trails and plenty to do for the kids (including a small zoo and playground equipment) and is a great place for a walk to see the fall leaves.
Red Bud Trail | 80th St. and Perry Creek Road (Andover) and I-135 west of N. Minneapolis St. (Wichita)
This is a true treasure in Wichita. We recommend walking the “trail” on the portion from Rock Road to 159th. There are no sidewalks on this portion of the trail, just a weathered gravel path with tall billowing trees along both sides. On a crisp fall morning with a coffee in hand, it simply can’t be beaten.
College Hill Park | 304 Circle Drive
The entire neighborhood of College Hill is breathtaking in the fall, not to mention the all-out decor during Halloween. And College Hill Park is a great spot for a jog or walk with beautiful autumn trees as the backdrop.
Botanica’s Woodland Walk | 701 Amidon St
Wichita’s Botanica Garden is a favorite local attraction and the this quarter mile trail is surrounded by large trees, perfect for fall foliage peeping. Be sure to walk around the rest of the gardens, and head to the Children’s Garden and Carousel with the kids while you are there.
WSU Campus | 1845 Fairmount St.
Equally as beautiful in the spring while surrounded by stunning tulips, Wichita State University’s campus is a great spot to explore in the fall. Surrounded by mature trees, you are sure to capture all the vibrant colors on campus as the leaves begin changing.
Museums on the River | 650 N. Seneca
There is something magical about walking around the scenic Arkansas River on a cool fall morning. Take a stroll down by the Museums on the River and near the Keeper for an autumn treat.
Where is your favorite local spot to see the fall leaves change?
For more fall fun, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall and Halloween!