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Top 10 Spots to See Fall Colors in Butte County

Those who live in Butte Coun­ty know that fall is arguably the pret­ti­est time of year.

Between mid-Octo­ber and mid-Novem­ber, the region bursts with vivid yel­lows, oranges, and reds: Riv­er banks. Parks. Main streets. All become a photographer’s dream subject.

If you can’t wait, you can catch the ear­li­est of fall col­ors with a trip to the moun­tains. But with a lit­tle patience, you can catch some of the best col­ors right in town .

So get your cam­eras ready and dis­cov­er some of the best Butte Coun­ty spots for enjoy­ing fall color.

Chico Area

Bid­well Park

Whether you like to hike, bike, or walk, you’ll be reward­ed with an abun­dance of col­or in Bid­well Park. Low­er Bid­well Park and the Yahi Trail in Upper Park are par­tic­u­lar­ly beau­ti­ful. Real­ly, though, wher­ev­er you vis­it, it’ll be beau­ti­ful this time of year.

Chico Seed Orchard

Full of plants col­lect­ed from around the world, the Chico Seed Orchard is an inter­na­tion­al delight. Some­times known as the Chico Tree Farm, you’ll find the Seed Orchard a pop­u­lar fam­i­ly por­trait spot in the fall — and for good rea­son! Explore Comanche Creek, vivid fall col­ors, and even a mini bam­boo for­est. The dri­ve along Cramer Lane is just as beau­ti­ful (make sure to respect prop­er­ty of those who live there!).

Chico State Campus

As a des­ig­nat­ed arboretum , Chico State has over 200 species of plants on its 132-acre cam­pus. With such a vari­ety, you’ll get quite the col­or show with a sim­ple stroll. There are a vari­ety of tours and self-guid­ed walks avail­able. We rec­om­mend fol­low­ing the path along Big Chico Creek to start.

The Esplanade

This main north-south thor­ough­fare in Chico is lined with mature gink­go bilo­ba and oth­er trees. A beau­ti­ful dri­ve any time of year, The Esplanade pops with col­or in the fall, cre­at­ing a dis­tinct­ly Chico pic­ture. One of our favorite views on the road is of the gink­go in front of the Bid­well Mansion , which turns bright yel­low for a brief and beau­ti­ful period.

The Mid­way

Run­ning between Chico and Durham, the tree-lined Mid­way offers col­or views for com­muters in the fall. Pedes­tri­ans and cyclists can enjoy the views on the mixed-use trail that runs par­al­lel to the road.


Down­town Oroville

Enjoy an idyl­lic stroll through Down­town Oroville , par­tic­u­lar­ly along Mont­gomery Street. The fall-col­ored canopy cre­ates a beau­ti­ful back­drop for land­scapes or self­ies. Make sure to stop by the CF Lott Home and Sank Park dur­ing your explorations!

Top 10 Spots to See Fall Colors in Butte County

Feath­er River

Not far from the down­town area, the Feath­er River offers anoth­er spot for fall col­or view­ing. Walk along the Feath­er Riv­er Trail to enjoy dif­fer­ent views. And from the Feath­er Riv­er Nature Center , you can get great views of the fish hatch­ery and Table Moun­tain bridge.

Top 10 Spots to See Fall Colors in Butte County

Par­adise Ridge

Bille Park

Great for pic­nics and leisure­ly activ­i­ties, Bille Park also serves up epic canyon views. Make an after­noon of it as you enjoy the fall col­ors in this pop­u­lar ridge location.

Forks of Butte Creek

Man­aged by the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment, the Forks of Butte Creek is a beau­ti­ful­ly forest­ed area. Explore on foot on var­i­ous hik­ing trails or just enjoy the views from the car dur­ing the dri­ve there.

Par­adise Lake

A pop­u­lar sum­mer spot, Par­adise Lake shouldn’t be for­got­ten in the fall. Though per­haps not as wide­spread as in oth­er spots, the fall col­or here is just as beau­ti­ful. Explore the easy hik­ing trail around the lake to dis­cov­er the best views.

Top 10 Spots to See Fall Colors in Butte County