Southwest Missouri takes the lead for the changing of leaves out of every Missouri region.
Joplin, Branson, Springfield, as well as neighboring towns, are the first to see bright red, orange, and yellow leaves.
Other regions in Missouri received rain or snow in the past few weeks, which explains why leaf coloration has been so slow in these areas.
Southwest Missouri’s Dogwoods, Red Maples, and Hickory trees are some of the region’s most famous for fall colors.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says Fall foliage season in Southwest Missouri will continue for at least a few more weeks.