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Best Late Fall Nature Photo Ops

Seattle NorthCountry begs to be photographed. Come document the changing season at these four nature photo ops.

Fall is a special season in Seattle NorthCountry. The air gets crisp, the sweaters come out of the closet and the foliage starts to turn. And we can’t forget to mention blustery days, hot apple cider and picking pumpkins. If you’re looking for that perfect scenic spot to photograph the Seattle NorthCountry fall, well, here’s four of them.

Lime Kiln Trail - Granite Falls
6 mi. | Good for Beginners

Lime Kiln Trail meanders over bridges and through old-growth forests for seven miles, and in the fall, the turning foliage is out in full. The trail mostly follows an old railroad line that shuttled limestone to the kiln for refining into “lime” to be used in manufacturing in the nearby port city of Everett. Learn Seattle NorthCounty history and grab some fall shots all in one.

Lowell Riverfront Park in Everett.

Lowell Riverfront Park - Everett


Lowell Riverfront Park is located in the historic Lowell neighborhood in Everett. The park is unique— it’s where city meets country. On one side of the river you have farmlands, on the other the beginnings of Everett, the largest city in Seattle NorthCounty. The blend of rural and urban make for some beautiful fall photo ops.

Kayak Point in Stanwood.

Kayak Point Park - Stanwood


Kayak Point Park is a Seattle NorthCounty staple. With access to the Salish Sea, plenty of driftwood to sit on, a public dock, campsites and yurts, Kayak Point Park has it all. It’s even better in the off-season, when the leaves turn, the skies get grey and there’s a bit of a drizzle. Perfect time to sip a coffee while you shoot.

Monte Cristo - Seattle NorthCountry

8 mi. | Good for Beginners


Monte Cristo is one of Seattle NorthCountry’s ghost towns on the Mountain Highway Loop — it’s full of old pioneer settlements that have been lost to time. It’s also a great place to explore in the fall. There’s still old railroad tracks, shacks and signage from the gold rush-era at Monte Cristo, and it all looks better (and spookier) in the fall.

*Note: Monte Cristo is subject to road closures in late fall / early winter. Check road conditions before heading up Mountain Loop Highway here.

Henry Yarsinske, Jr.

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