If you are looking for a spectacular display of fall colours, Kentucky has a lot to offer. The extensive number of forests (47% of Kentucky’s land area) are known for their bright fall colours & provide unforgettable views and photo opportunities. Colours start changing as early as September in the high elevations of the eastern mountains and slowly make their way west, where fall arrives during October and early November.
There are a number of scenic drives, which will give you the opportunity to fully enjoy the bright red, yellow, orange and brown colours of the Kentucky fall. Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest are among the best spots in the Eastern part of the state. If you are heading west, then you may want to try Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. But this is not all, as you can also enjoy the fall colours by rail - and the best way to do this is with Kentucky’s Big South Fork Scenic Railway.
While you are out in search of Kentucky fall colours you should take the opportunity to visit an orchard or a farm. Indeed, many orchards and roadside markets provide facilities and play areas for kids, along with fresh produce and pumpkins, and even the chance to pick your own.
Popular examples of orchards and farms in central Kentucky include Eckert’s Orchard near Versailles and Mulberry Orchard near Shelbyville. Here you can sample fresh fall treats and your kids can enjoy the outdoor play areas. Western Kentucky is home to Reid’s Orchard, while a wide array of seasonal fruits and vegetables are available at Jackson’s Orchard and Christian Way Farm. If decorations are your thing, Dennison’s Roadside Market in Hart County near Mammoth Cave National Park is highly recommended. In eastern and northern Kentucky, Imel’s Greenhouse in Greenup and Kinman Farms in Burlington are well worth a visit.
With Halloween just round the corner, no fall is the same without a visit to a pumpkin patch. Devine’s Farm near Harrodsburg is a great pick, with its corn mazes, bonfires, hay maze, trike track, there’s so much going on in September and October. Still on the subject of Halloween attractions, this year there is a new experience at Louisville’s annual Jack O’Lantern Spectacular, with a drive-thru at Iroquois Park (October 1 to November 1).
And it’s not just pumpkin fun you’ll find – Kentucky also has its share of ghostly attractions, starting with the 240 year-old Talbott Tavern Bed & Breakfast in Bardstown, which is famous for its ghostly ‘occurrences’ - from the outlaw Jesse James strutting down the hall to a mysterious a pale lady dressed in a 17th century white dress. In Berea, it’s the Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant serves up its own menu of ghosts and ghouls. Also in eastern Kentucky, in the Daniel Boone National Forest, you can find the Blue Heron Mining Community, an abandoned coal town with its annual Ghost Train tour – a great way to see the restored town, with its shuttered, ghostly buildings creaking in the whistling breeze!
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