Awe-inspiring fall adventures in Camden

Fall officially arrived on September 22, and the weather is set to be fine—even summer-like at times—throughout October. Whether you want to soak up the late-season sun, view fall’s changing leaves, or work up a sweat, you’ll find something around the Camden Community to keep you busy.

Here’s a shortlist of activities:

Wander the leafy paths in North Mississippi Regional Park. On the east end of the Camden Community is a treasure for nature lovers. North Mississippi Regional Park draws visitors for its winding, wooded paths along the riverfront. Bring your binoculars: Deer, beavers, hawks, eagles and great blue herons are among the wildlife that may be spotted throughout the year (5116 North Mississippi Drive).

Explore the Eloise Butler Wildlife Garden and Bird Sanctuary. View the season’s changes up close at this destination spot for lovers of native plant and bird species. Nestled on a wooded hillside within Theodore Wirth Park, this sanctuary offers a serene getaway from city life for even those without an intense interest in flora or fauna (1 Theodore Wirth Parkway).

View exhibits at Kroening Center. After your stroll through the woods, check out this kid-friendly interpretive center located within North Mississippi Park. Learn about the history of the Mississippi River and its role in the settlement of the wild landscapes that would ultimately become the Minnesota we know today (4900 Mississippi Court).

Catch a Patriots game. We could have a high school football conference champion in the neighborhood. Patrick Henry High School progressed through its September schedule undefeated, including a 2-0 start in conference play. Home games at Swanson Field (4420 North Newton Avenue) include scheduled match-ups against Columbia Heights (October 1) and Breck (October 19).

Wet a line in Ryan Lake. Those who would rather be fishing can find an urban oasis in the northwest corner of Minneapolis on Ryan Lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources notes that bluegill, black crappie, northern pike, and yellow perch may all be caught in this 19-acre lake (Xerxes Avenue and 46th Avenue North).

Join a sports league. Recreational sports leagues for youth and adults are offered at the city’s parks. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board provides opportunities to take part in wide-ranging activities, including football, kickball, soccer and softball (minneapolisparks.org).

Bike, walk or jog Victory Memorial Drive. Never run-of-the-mill, an October walk among the dizzying fall colors of Victory Memorial Drive can rejuvenate and inspire. Cyclists, walkers (human and canine), joggers and Pokémon GO players crowd pathways at peak exercise times, but early risers can have this section of the Grand Rounds largely to themselves (minneapolisparks.org).

This list of seasonal fun only scratches the surface of the full array of opportunities for adventure in Camden. See more October activities you can take advantage in the Community Calendar on page 10. A listing of neighborhood events appears monthly in the Camden News, making it easy to get out throughout the fall and into winter.