A Trip to the Mountains?

November 5, 2009 | Greg Dodge

Thinking of going to the mountains to check out the fall leaves? Why waste precious fuel, money, and time (detouring around rock slides) when you can come to the Museum of Life + Science and see some of the most beautiful colors nature has to offer right here in your own backyard. Don’t believe me? Have a peek below.

Virginia creeper.

Virginia Creeper.

Orange brightens up the damp woodlands next to the Dinosaur Trail.

Orange brightens up the damp woodlands next to the Dinosaur Trail.

Various species showing yellows oranges and reds.

Various species showing yellow, orange, and red.

Redbud is spectacular in both spring and fall.

Redbud is spectacular in both spring and fall.

Sassafras is a personal favorite.

Sassafras is a personal favorite.

Leaves aren't the only thing brightening up the landscape.

Leaves aren’t the only thing adding color to the fall landscape.

The same mushroom (above) a day later.

The same mushroom (above) a day later.

Hockory.

Hickory.

Sweetgum.

Sweetgum.

Dwarf Sumac.

Dwarf Sumac.

Bald Cypress.

Bald Cypress.

A different view of Bald Cypress.

Bald Cypress from a different perspective.

Maple is a favorite of many fall leaf lovers.

Maple is a favorite of many fall-leaf lovers.

Another view of maple.

Another view of maple.

There are several Ginkgo Trees on the Dinosaur Trail.

There are several Ginkgo Trees on the Dinosaur Trail.

A close-up of the Ginkgo's leaves.

A close-up of the Ginkgo’s leaves.

Convinced?

Even if you miss the peak colors, there’s always something going on out-of-doors, up beyond the Main Plaza (where Grayson’s Cafe and the Train Station are located). It’s just a short walk up the hill past the Plaza. There you’ll find the DinoTrail, Explore the Wild, and Catch the Wind.

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