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Fall Foliage Photo Hot Spots

Macro shot of hanging leaf

We drool over those fall photos that showcase the vibrant colors of the season in the Midwest. To make it easier for you to find the best photo spots, we’ve rounded up the top parks in Champaign to take your family, engagement, wedding, and “just because” photos. Bring along your favorite fall outfits, a cozy blanket, and get be ready to take advantage of these perfect backdrops.


Kaufman Lake sign with lake in the background.

Kaufman Lake

Perks: Huge lake, Tree-lined path

Kaufman’s walking trail around the lake provides angles and extra colorful reflections.

Photo of bridge at Kaufman Lake.










Trees of Johnston Park

Johnston Park

Perks: Open field, lots of tree-lined space

Plenty of room for an extended family, Johnston is the perfect neighborhood park to spread out the blankets and capture those cheesy family grins.


Photo of hanging leaves with pathway in the back at Hessel Park. Hessel Park

Hessel is home to more than 28 tree species. Bring the rake and jump into a pile of leaves for a playful action shot.






Sculpture placed in garden at West Side Park.

West Side Park

Perks: Trails, Water Fountain, Gazebo

Iconic West Side Park is steeped in history and a beautiful backdrop to represent your community.West Side Park gazebo





Photo of tree-lined path at West Side Park

Ground view of autumn colored leaves

Eisner Park

Perks: Sugar Maple Trees

Eisner Park’s Sugar Maple trees turn at the same time for beautiful fall scenery.

Autumn colored tree with blue sky background










Mattis Park

Mattis Park

Perks: Lake views, Prairie grasses

Mattis is an active park with quiet nooks and crannies that provide highlights and shadows to make your pictures pop.

Autumn colored trees with clear blue sky










Robeson Park signRobeson Park

Robeson park is filled with a variety of trees that makes for beautiful autumn scenery including it’s maple trees.





Champaign Park District Nature Color Hunt. Blocks of colors labelled with their names, frame a cut out center to help match the colors with items you find in a park. #ExploreChampaignParks

Color Hunt 

Want to explore the many colors in our parks throughout the year? Download our Nature Color Hunt to help you #ExploreChampaignParks!




Pile of autumn colored leaves

Fall Foliage Prediction Map

The 2023 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. Click below track the fall foliage in the United States!



These photo locations are beautiful, free areas to capture some of nature’s beauty, fall leaves, and sunshine.  Happy snapping, and share your photos using #ExploreChampaignParks.


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