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10 Best Fall Photo Ops in Lake County

By: Jonathan Jones 09/16/2019

The phrase, "take a picture it'll last longer," takes new meaning when you snap your fall photo ops in Lake County.

When the leaves change yellow and orange, it is the viewing party of a lifetime traveling on the best fall hike and bike trails in Lake County. We all can’t get out to New England to see their legendary foliage (and frankly we don’t need to), but Lake County’s trees pack a kaleidoscopic punch of their own.

Fall photo ops are great for a holiday card, an engagement picture, a birth announcement or just capturing a few memories for the scrapbook.

Let's take a look at the 10 best photo ops Lake County have to offer.

Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods


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Fall is beautiful in Ryerson Woods

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Ryerson Conservation Area and the Brushwood Center take fall very seriously. Not only can you snap a magnificent fall photo op in the Lake County forest preserve, but you can also peruse the grounds on their Halloween Hikes (October 25-26) and get the daylights spooked out of you. Check back in the winter for their annual maple syrup hikes.

Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe


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All sorts of colors are shifting their appearance during the autumnal equinox at the Chicago Bo. "The falling leaves drift by the window. The autumn leaves of red and gold," are a must-see just south of the Lake County border.

The University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML) in Mundelein


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USML is the quintessential nature haven. The variety of trees species complemented by the serene lake makes for the perfect fall photo op.

Chain O' Lakes State Park


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"I came along, I wrote a song for you. And all the things you do, and it was all yellow." Man's best friend is posing for the perfect photo op. The Chain O' Lakes has a slew of locations where you can shoot autumn pictures.

Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze


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A gigantic maze of maize, pumpkins galore, friendly farm animals and fall photo ops to match at the Spring Grove farm. We have yet to see a person frowning while ZORBing.

Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake


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Clearly, inside the Grayslake barn, you'll get some great photographs. The surrounding natural feels of the Byron-Colby barn has a fall aura for camera snappers.

Heinz Apple Orchard in Green Oaks


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Ready to compare apples to apples? Snagging one of these red or green treats at the Green Oaks orchard gives a lot of pop to your fall pics. Don't forget your pot hat so you can go full Johnny Appleseed.

Heller Nature Center


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Oak-hickory forests, tallgrass prairie, oak savanna and natural wetlands are an oasis for native plants and animals at this 97-acre preserve. Document your fall expedition with a selfie at the Highland Park area.

Didier Farms in Lincolnshire


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The farm favorite features hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, an exotic petting zoo, a parakeet exhibit, a corn maze and pig races (the sprinting porkies only gallop on the weekends). Not to mention you can get a sweet pic of that big ole pumpkin you've picked.

Illinois Beach State Park in Zion


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Right by scenic Lake Michigan, the greens start to change yellow, orange, red and gold. A snap of autumn with the backdrop of the drink provides all of the seasonal feels you need.

Honorable Mention Fall Photo Ops


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For more things to do this autumn besides fall photo ops, continue here.

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