It’s when the weather starts getting cooler and the leaves begin to change colors that natural attractions in Nebraska really shine. The trees and prairies light up in shades of gold, orange, and red, putting on a show in the way that only the natural world of the Cornhusker State can. There are hundreds of scenic drives in Nebraska that you can take to enjoy the spectacle this fall, routes in all forms and iterations, but a drive down the Heritage Highway in the heart of our state offers up the best fall foliage in Nebraska.

Autumn is for cozying up and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors with a cup of coffee in hand. Make sure you experience the heart of Nebraska before the cold sets in! Grab some hot cocoa and fill up the gas tank, because the fall colors in Nebraska are truly something to celebrate.

The promotional video below provides more information about the attractions and side trips you can visit along the route.

However, it’s completely acceptable to just stay on the road and enjoy the view from your car. We may not be as famous for our fall foliage as, say, certain spots in New England, but we don’t mind. They can keep their “leaf peepers” – we’ll keep all of this natural beauty to ourselves.

Not up to this particular trek but still want to enjoy the beauty of nature in Nebraska? Here are all nine of Nebraska’s designated scenic byways – take your pick and get out to enjoy the colors this autumn. There’s no better way to fall in love with your state then to spend some time exploring it, and there’s no end to the scenic opportunities of the midwest. Fall in love with our state while viewing the best fall foliage in Nebraska.

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Best Fall Foliage In Nebraska

What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in Nebraska?

Peak fall foliage in Nebraska usually comes around late October, right in time for Halloween. The state does differ depending on location, with the western edges of the state reaching peak foliage later in the season. Look for the most vibrant autumn colors in the last week of October and the first week of November.

Where are the best places in Nebraska to see fall foliage?

There are all sorts of state parks in Nebraska that offer some of the most incredible views of fall foliage in the state. Check out Platte River State Park in Louisville, Mahoney State Park in Ashland or perhaps even Indian Cave State Park in Shubert. Ponca State Park is a favorite as well, and some folks choose to indulge in drives down the Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway, the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway or the Heritage Highway of Nebraska for great views.

What are the best Nebraska hikes to take in the fall?

We'd highly recommend Cowboy Trail, Chalco Hills Trails in Omaha, experiencing the beauty of the Olson Nature Preserve in Boone County. Hiking through the Platte River State Park in the heart of Louisville is great in the early weeks of the season, and trekking multiple trails throughout Scotts Bluff National Monument is also a fabulous decision come autumn.