37 North - Field Notes

Fall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful seasons in the Ozarks. A simple glance out your window reveals a world of color as the leaves begin to change and nature winds down from the summer heat. With temperatures starting to cool off and the fall foliage at its best, now is the perfect time to break out your hiking boots and explore the Ozarks! 37 North Expeditions provides a wide variety of outdoor activities that are perfect for fall. With trips every weekend going all over the Ozarks, there are opportunities for everyone to experience the beauty of fall foliage. We take on the hard part of planning and organizing the trips so that you can simply enjoy a day in nature and get connected with other like-minded people. It can be hard to take a break from our hectic lives, but even just a few minutes outdoors has extensive benefits on our physical and mental health. Not only does it help reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease, but scientists are also finding that being in nature improves creativity and decreases risk of depression and anxiety. Furthermore, it strengthens our ability to connect with others and has a profound effect on our overall happiness levels. Springfield is perfectly located at the heart of the Ozarks, which means that a short drive out of town can lead you to some of the most beautiful places in the region. Head east to Mark Twain National Forest to immerse yourself in the colors of fall and take advantage of hundreds of miles of trails. Cross the border down to Northwest Arkansas to see for yourself why they call it “The Natural State.” This region has some of the most beautiful fall sights, especially along the Buffalo National River where you can hike along bluffs and look out at breathtaking scenery.

This fall, 37 North is excited to offer trips to both of these areas and many more. These are all beginner-friendly and organized for you. All you have to do is show up and we provide the rest, including transportation and an expert guide. Our Wild Women Series offers women only adventures to places all over the region. On September 21st, we are leading a Wild Women expedition to Devil’s Den State Park. This trip combines a little of everything: hiking, yoga, chocolate tasting, and a winery. It doesn’t get much better than that! On October 19th , we are hosting a perfect fall outdoor expedition: A Fall Foliage Hike & Cave Vineyard! The day begins with a 3 mile hike before we head to an incredible winery in a cave. This is a one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy Missouri wines while sitting inside a cave and listening to the sounds of the nearby stream. Head to 37northexpeditions.com today to sign up! FitLife readers get 10% off of these featured trips with promo code SPRINGFIELDFITLIFE at checkout.

April Nelson