Kentucky has a brilliant fall foliage season. The stunning pops of red, orange, and yellow will gradually work their way down the mountains and to the western reaches of the state, and will reach their peak this week. Hiking and biking are two of the best ways to witness fall’s colorful displays, but scenic drives through the countryside can be visually rewarding as well. Here are a few favorite ways you can marvel in the vibrant hues of fall in Kentucky.
A Scenic Drive through Daniel Boone National Forest. At the northern end of this popular stretch of hardwood, you’ll find the stunning Red River Gorge which offers a variety of activities and places to hike, climb, stay, and even zipline. This is an absolute must during peak fall-foliage season.
Travel Kentucky by rail on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. On this Scenic Tourist Railroad you will see the beauty of the Applachian mountains.
Stroll through the incredible trails at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest or The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Colorful fall displays from a variety of trees, including maples, dogwoods, magnolias, conifers, cypresses, hollies, beeches and buckeyes will delight your senses.
Drive (or ride) through the rolling hills of Kentucky’s horse country, just outside of Lexington. Fall color will surround you everywhere you go, and the rolling hills and farms dotting the landscapes will provide the perfect background for your fall adventures.
Hike the Cumberland Falls, and enjoy the fall colors as you go. On a clear day, you’ll see the “Moonbow” at the falls.
One of the most important things to remember this fall in Kentucky is to take in the beautiful sights and enjoy your surroundings. Kentucky truly is a beautiful place to live.