The best time to see fall foliage and fall leaves change colors in Oklahoma City typically occurs in late October and early November. However, the timing can vary depending on the weather conditions and the specific location within the OKC Metro Area.
We may not experience the same level of vibrancy as areas in the northeastern United States, but we can still find beautiful autumn scenery around the Metro! The leaves on trees like maples, oaks, and sweetgums begin to change color in late October, and we often find the most colorful displays during the first few weeks of November.
Best Places Near OKC to See the Fall Leaves Change Colors
Arcadia Lake | OKC
Located in Edmond, Arcadia Lake has a trail system and overlooks the water, which can be particularly scenic with fall foliage.
This local nature center within Oklahoma City itself has a variety of trees and is a fun spot for seeing changing leaves.
Lake Hefner | OKC
The trails around Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City provide a serene place to enjoy the changing colors of fall.
While a bit of a drive (about 1.5 hours southwest of Oklahoma City), the Wichita Mountains can offer more dramatic fall colors against the rugged landscape. And be sure to check out the fall foliage tour walk!
About an hour east of Oklahoma City, this refuge offers wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests with colorful leaves in the fall.
Situated about 80 miles west of Oklahoma City, this state park offers beautiful fall foliage, particularly around Lake Watonga.
One of our all-time favorites, located about 90 miles south of Oklahoma City, Turner Falls Park is known for its cascading waterfalls, which become even more scenic with autumn colors. We love this spot to hike with kids too.
This is a bit farther away (around 3-4 hours), but if you’re up for a day trip, the Talimena Scenic Byway, stretching into eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, is renowned for its fall foliage and offers some of the most vibrant colors in the region.
Here are some other great fall foliage spots in the state of Oklahoma if you are up for a longer drive!
Keep in mind that the timing of peak fall foliage can vary from year to year and is influenced by factors like weather and temperature.
Let us know where you decide to go leaf peeping!