Lake Cumberland’s Last Glimpse of Fall Colors

The recent rain showers and wind are swirling the final colors of fall to the ground below.  Looking out across the lake the hills are becoming more bare and are echoing the sounds of the coming winter.  There are just a few trees still hanging on to a few splashes of color.

The weather has been fantastic the past two week to get out and view fall in all its glory.  the frost is on the pumpkins and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Remember to bring the family and enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving meal at one of our beautiful state parks.  Lake Cumberland State Resort Park would like to personally invite you to visit with us at Thanksgiving.

October

O hushed October morning mild,                                


Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Robert Frost ~~~ 1915

 



 

 

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 6

Pennyrile Lake

Although fall color has peaked at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, there is still a lot of fall color to see.  Many of the oaks in the forest are still showing off beautiful colors, as are some maples, sycamores, redbuds, and hickories. We expect to have some color for the first two weeks of November, unless we have strong storms that blow the remaining leaves down.

 

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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | 11.3.15

Good things come to those who wait! The colors have made their way to Shaker Village, and they are spectacular! This image was taken down the main village turnpike, which is lined with maple trees for 1/2 mile. We tap these trees for their sap in the spring to incorporate into our Maple Syrup Breakfasts in March, so here’s hoping this year’s yield is vast and tasty! For more information about events and special programs, visit shakervillageky.org.

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Beautiful, Peaceful Cadiz Kentucky November 2, 2015

We are still enjoying the warm temperatures and the beautiful colors of Fall, here in Cadiz. There are lots of activities at Land Between the Lakes.  It’s great weather for hiking and biking!  Join us for a stay at  Lake Barkley State Resort Park, browse our antique shops and enjoy lunch in Historic Downtown Cadiz Kentucky.  Take a canoe or kayak ride and return home rested and relaxed.

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Fall Colors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center – 11/2

Fall colors at the Dragonfly Marsh

As expected, the wind and rains of last week cause many of our trees to shed some of their leaves but there are still plenty of fall colors to be seen.  Many of our maples, the “top performers” from our last post, have reached their peak but are still displaying vibrant colors.  Hickories still cling to their yellow and brown leaves while many of our oaks have started to show off yellow, orange, and brown foliage.  Remember that your last chance to experience the fall colors in the exhibit areas of the wildlife center is November 25th as Salato will be closing for the season.

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Despite the wind and the rain scattering the leaves abroad, we still have some color peeking through.  The peak color has past but we are still seeing nice color from maples, oaks, hickories, sycamore, and many others.  The best way to observe the color this week is driving the lake road, on the Lakeshore Trail, or the Sugar Camp Overlook on the Jenny Wiley Trail.

We still have availability for our Elk Viewing Tours, don’t forget to book yours today by calling 606-889-1790.  Also, there is no better way to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day meal than in the dining room at the May Lodge overlooking scenic Dewey Lake. Please be sure to join us on Thanksgiving starting at 12pm.

Dewey Lake at Jenny Wiley SRP

 

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Catch a bit of color at Mammoth Cave

 

Come for a hike or a drive, and enjoy a bit of yellow here, a splash red there.  Autumn is winding down at Mammoth Cave National Park.

The cool days of November are great for outdoor fun.  Hike, bike, horseback ride.  Bring a picnic lunch.  Explore the world’s longest cave on a ranger-led cave tour.

Enjoy your national park!

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 5

Pennyrile Lake: Week 5 ColorFall 2015

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is a great place to see fall color.  After heavy rains this week many of the trees have lost their leaves, but there are still a lot of oaks that are at peak color. We expect to have some color showing in the first few weeks of November.

Currently we are seeing color in flowering dogwoods (red to purple), maples (red, orange, or yellow), sumacs (red), sassafras (orange to red) American sycamore (yellow), tulip poplar (yellow), Eastern redbud (yellow), and hickories (yellow to gold).  Currently the forest is at or past peak fall color.

This Sunday you can experience the park’s fall color on a guided hike. The park naturalist will lead a 1st of the Month hike beginning at Noon at the lodge lobby.  The free hike will last approximately two hours. Bring water, snacks, and a hiking stick.  The hike is recommended for ages 5 and up.  Hikers are welcome to bring well socialized dogs on a leash.

To view the winning photographs from this year’s fall photography weekend go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1638449426408174.1073741841.1475943075992144&type=3

 

 

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Shelby Welcome Center 10/29/2015

Colorfall is 90% in the Shelby County area.  The vibrant red is the last color hanging on at our welcome center.

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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | 10.29.15

Fortunately, the rain and winds that came through this week didn’t knock too many leaves off the trees. We’re beginning to see some very vibrant colors in the main village, as well as out toward the West Lot (1.5 miles from the main village). This image was taken in the garden area just south of the East Family Dwelling. Dixie Belle Riverboat rides end this Sunday, Nov. 1, even though we’re still waiting on the fall colors to descend on the banks of the Kentucky River. For more information about fall events, visit shakervillageky.org.

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Lake Barkley State Resort Park 10/28/15

Well the rain finally stopped after 2 days. The sun is finally shinning and many trees are in peak while other is not.  Therefore, it is the cup is either half-full or half empty when it comes to peak colors. The lakeside is showing a wide range of colors while the roadside trees showing color but have lost 1/3 of their leaves.  With the cooler temperatures in the forecast, the oaks might start to change. So if you plan to travel to the park enjoy what you see. 56 % peak.

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Fairview, KY. 10-22-15

Here is a view of the 5th tallest monument in the U S.    The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is located just a East of Hopkinsville , KY.  The colors in this area are over 50% now and could be at peak during the first week of November.  For more information about this Kentucky State Park go to www.parks.ky.gov

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Colors are Peaking in Cadiz Kentucky October 26th 2015

I got out and drove around the area yesterday and it is breathtaking!   We drove through Lake Barkley State Park and witnessed the spectacular views of the lake and the colorful trees.  There are plenty of camping spaces available and this is the time of  the year to take advantage of the cooler weather and less crowded conditions.  So unplug, relax and join us for some beautiful scenery.  Shop in our local antique stores and dine at our quaint little hometown restaurants.  See you in Cadiz, Kentucky!  gocadiz.com

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Check out Green River valley – online

overlook view of Green River valley in Mammoth Cave NP

Watch Mammoth Cave seasons change on the park webcam.

The Green River valley is a beautiful site year round, and the Mammoth Cave webcam lets you visit it anytime you want.

The fall color change is still changing, estimated at 50-75 percent this week.

Visit the Mammoth Cave NP webcam at: www.nature.nps.gov/air/WebCams/parks/macacam/macacam.cfm

#MammothCaveNP #FindYourPark #TravelKentucky

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Zipping through the fall leaves

What a gorgeous time to take a breathtaking zip through the autumn leaves at Hidden River Cave in downtown Horse Cave. The canopy is golden with a few hints of blush.

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Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park Surprise

Surprise!  Surprise!  It seems like just overnight the colors have changed.  Located in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky, one can see a kaleidoscope of colors.  But you want to hurry to see them, as rain is in the forecast for the next several days and the leaves will begin to fall.  This park has a lodge with 36 rooms, most of which have balconies and 5 cottages.  For information about lodging, food or special events, call 1-800-325-0058 or go to the webpage at the link: www.parks.ky.gov.

 

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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Even though it is a little late, the fall color is in full swing at Jenny Wiley.  We still have some green throughout the forests, but the color is fantastic!  Dogwoods, Maples, Hickories, Oaks, Black Gum, and Sourwoods are all showing great color.  The Lakeshore Trail and Moss Ridge Trail are still great places to experience the color change.  Elk Viewing Tours are in full swing and there is no better way to experience all of the fall happenings.  October 31, morning and evening tour, will be our next tour.  Call 606-889-1790 to make your reservations for this year’s tours.

Dewey Lake at Jenny Wiley SRP

Elk Viewing Tour

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Now is the time to be here in South Eastern Kentucky.  The road sides are in full color.   There is a wonderful mix of Orange, Red and Yellow  showing in  Maples.   There is some vibrant Red color in Dogwoods and  Sourwoods.   Some of the Hickories are showing some beautiful golds.

Our Tour of Terror will continue next Weekend (October 30 & 31).   The first Tour begins at 7:30 PM.  and will end at 9:30 PM.  The cost is $ 10.00 per person.  You can purchase tickets the day of the tour near the gift shop.   Please follow our events and happens on our facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/Cumberland-Falls-State-Resort-Park-173531762700355/

View from the back patio of the lodge.

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Fall Colors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center – 10/23

Maples showing brilliant fall colors behind the eagle exhibit

The fall colors are really beginning to show themselves throughout the grounds of the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.  Trees including black and sweet gums and sumacs are currently displaying deep red and burgundy colors and the leaves of tulip poplars, sycamores, and hickories are appearing yellow.  The most recent and impressive changes have come from sugar and red maples that are showing off an explosion of yellow, orange, and red foliage.  A stroll through the exhibit area or through the wooded hiking trails will not be a disappointment to those hoping to see beautiful fall colors, and I suspect that many of our trees will reach their peak within the next week.  The Salato Center is open Tuesday through Friday 9-5pm and Saturdays 10-5pm.  Except for select events, admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-18, and 4 and under are free.  For more information, call 502-564-7863.  Don’t put off your visit; fall colors are nearly at their peak and we close for the season on November 25th!

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Pin Oak Showing Off

Pin Oak at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

It is not usual to see so much red in any Oak leaves. The red is apparent when the chlorophyll production decreases and the leaf begins to close it veins off. The anthocyanins that are trapped in the leaf can then show off their red color. This is the same pigment that makes cranberries red and blueberries blue!

Another plant that most always turns bright red in the Fall is Poison Ivy. Look for trees that have their trunks completely covered in the vines to get a brilliant show of colors from the entire tree! Virginia Creeper (five leaves) is known to turn this brilliant red color as well.

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Bernheim Forest – Color Report – October 23, 2015

The weekend of October 24th and 25th, 2015 will be one of the two “peak color” weekends for 2015 at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.  The maples will be in their full brilliance this weekend along with the gums and many of the other forest trees.  The oaks, beeches, gingkos and cypress trees will not reach their full brilliance until later this week and next weekend.

 
Don’t discount cloudy skies and rain for great fall photography.  Overcast conditions and rain droplets on leaves allow for some of the most dramatic opportunities to capture the beauty of autumn.

-Claude Stephens, Facilitator of Outreach & Sustainable Design

 

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park – Oct. 23, 2015

There is nothing more beautiful than an autumn sunrise over Lake Cumberland.  This early morning shot was taken yesterday at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park.  Many times we focus on the fall foliage, but neglect to really take advantage of all the spectacular settings fall gives us.  This would be an awesome time to be sitting on a houseboat sipping coffee or admiring the view as you enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at our own Rowena Landing dining area.  Be sure to take in all the scenery that fall allows!

Usually as fall rolls around we see the vibrant colors move in much quicker, but this year it has been creeping in at a slower pace.  On the up side, we get to enjoy the colors longer.  This year we have a couple of tree species change each week it seems.  With autumn color moving slower we are finally at peak color.  There are lots of color to see:  Vibrant crimsons, deep yellows and purples, and dusty oranges.

Visit a Kentucky State Park this week and get some great fall photos to share!

 

 

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Shelby County Welcome Center October 23, 2015

Shelby County Welcome Center

17600 I-64 Eastbound, Shelbyville KY 40065

502 722-9383.

Today’s photo was taken in the courtyard of the Welcome Center. The leaves are beginning to fall but the yellow’s and red’s are still staying on the tree’s a bit longer.  October 23, 2015

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Big South Fork Scenic Railway/Stearns KY Trail Town, Oct. 22, 2015

Beech Trees on Paunch Creek

Week 4 of ‘color watch’ is an interesting mix depending on the elevation of your viewing.  The beech trees along portions of the creek beds are beautiful this week.  There are areas down in the Big South Fork River Gorge that have not begun to change color.  However, those areas that are showing color are wonderful surprises!

Dogwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big South Fork of the Cumberland River

The fall colors are taking their time this year which makes the viewing along the Big South Fork Scenic Railway available for many more people to enjoy this scenic trip.  Visit www.bsfsry.com for the October and November schedules.

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Bernheim Forest – Fall Color Report October 22, 2015

Bernheim collects a number of reference photos each year as the trees put on their fall colors.  These photos help us judge the progress of fall color from year to year.

Below are reference photos for a sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and a black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) that are located near the Bernheim Entrance.  In fact, that’s our entrance kiosk in the photos with the gum tree.

Each pair of photos is of the same tree, from the same location, on the same date – but exactly one year apart.


So far this year, peak color for 2015 is tracking slightly later than last year but it will be just about exactly the same in terms of the intensity of color.  We believe that the peak color season will run from today through November 2nd.  And in terms of color intensity, we think it will be a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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Carter Caves State Resort Park – October 22, 2015

Many leaves at the park have already hit the ground but we are seeing some great color left here at Carter Caves. The leaves that are hanging on have vibrant red yellow and orange colors. We approximate we are about 80% color change at the park.

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Fall Colors are Booming at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park

Fall Colors at the Soccer Fields

The Fall colors are in full force at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY! There are many ways to identify trees, and Fall colors is one of them this time of the year. In the picture above, you can see an Oak tree sandwiched between to Sugar Maples. The Sugar Maples contain a lot of the carotenoids and anthocyanins that produce the orange/yellow and reds that you see. Oaks generally don’t display a lot of color. Rather, when the leaves begin prepare for Winter, all that is left behin is the waste of the cell walls, leaving a brown color before leaf fall.

Carotenoids and anthocyanins are always present in the leaves, but usually are masked by the chlorophylls that are present when trees are in the “food making” stage in the Spring and Summer months. They only become visible when the leaves close their viens that move nutrients back and forth and reduce the amount of chlorophyll production. This process traps the sugars that create the stunning colors we see in the Fall!

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region , Photos |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 4 ColorFall Report

Pennyrile Lake Week 4 Color Fall

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is a great place to see fall color.  Most of the autumn has been very dry, so the leaves are falling fast. The oak trees have just begun to change.  We expect to have some color showing in the first few weeks of November.

Currently we are seeing color in flowering dogwoods (red to purple), blackgums (red, most are past peak), maples (red, orange, or yellow), sumacs (red), sassafras (orange to red) American sycamore (yellow), tulip poplar (yellow), Eastern redbud (yellow), and hickories (yellow to gold).  Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines are showing off beautiful red colors.  Peak color will probably occur around October 25th to November 1st. Some color will hold on until early November unless we experience heavy rains or strong winds.

To view the winning photographs from last week’s fall photography weekend go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1638449426408174.1073741841.1475943075992144&type=3


Spooky Extravaganza on October 23-25, 2015. For more information email rebeccae.clark@ky.gov.

 

 

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Lake Barkley State Resort Park 10/21/15

The trees are changing along with cooler temperatures at night on the park. We are beginning to see some change in the forest canopy mostly yellow and few reds. We might be peeking before Halloween or a little after. Fall Color 32 %

. For more information about trails, fall colors either call 270-924 -1131 or email nick.edmonds@ky,gov . Check out the parks Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/lake.barkley.1

 

 

Posted in Western Region |

Pine Mountain State Resort Park – October 21, 2015

Pine Mountain State Resort Park is glowing with color more and more each day. We are now getting very close to peak, as the red and white oaks have just started to show hues of red, violet, orange, and brown to match those trees already changed. Below is a picture taken on October 21, 2015, behind the Pine Mountain State Resort Park lodge. Plan your trip to Pine Mountain State Resort Park soon and enjoy cozy lodging, a warm meal, round of golf, brisk hike, seasonal programming, and more.

The park will be hosting family friendly programs on October 23rd and 30th. For more information contact Beth.Byrnes@ky.gov or call 606-337-3066. Also see the flyer attached to this post.

Like the park’s Facebook page to stay up to date on events and park information: www.facebook.com/pinemountainstateresortpark

 

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region , Photos |

Shelby Welcome Center 10/21/2015

The colorfall is 50-75%  here in Shelby County.  The hard frost of the last couple of days has caused some of our trees to lose their leaves.  There is still plenty of burgundy, orange and yellow to be seen, especially in downtown Shelbyville.

Posted in Wildflower Reports |

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park Shows Beautiful Red 10-20-15

October 20

Hills and mountains laden with trees surround this tranquil resort, making it an ideal getaway location to see the fall colors.  The dogwoods and maples are currently showing off their red colors while there are still some trees hanging onto their few remaining yellow leaves.  The forecast for the area calls for the colors to peak around 7-10 days depending on the temperature and the precipitation.  For more information on events or specials, check www.buckhornlake.ky.gov

or call 1-800-325-0058.

Posted in Eastern Region |

Cadiz is hanging on to the Green! October 20th 2015

There’s a chill in the air one day and we are in the 70′s the next.  I guess that’s the way it is in the fall.  You can still enjoy some boating and fishing here on Lake Barkley, and it’s peak season for hiking, biking and getting outside to enjoy nature’s beauty!  Please visit our website:  gocadiz.com    There is  a lot of information about what it going on in the area.  Still waiting for the colors of Fall…….

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 16

Significant rapid-paced color change is occurring at this time, but the transformation is inconsistent.  Sugar maple, hickory, sweet gum, and sassafras trees can presently be found at or near peak coloration in isolated pockets across northern Kentucky, but the overall peak is still more than a week away.  A widespread frost and bright sunshine is needed to advance the hardwoods to peak color.

Just the same, owing to the variability of the weather this fall, the northern Kentucky peak will likely appear more like a patchwork quilt than a uniform blanket, with localized peaks occurring at different times in specific areas.  Though the peak of color will likely occur during the weekend of October 24th, a few sparklers are apt to be found through the end of the month in low bottoms where favorable exposure has afforded the hardwoods some measure of protection from leaf-stripping winds.

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Green to gold

trees with green and gold leaves

Big Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave is turning from green to gold.

 

The varied species of trees and shrubs in Mammoth Cave National Park are beginning to show a bit of fall color.

The color change is happening slowly, and the early trees, like the dogwoods are still holding their dark red leaves.

It is a beautiful time to be outside – don’t miss out!

#FindYourPark at Mammoth Cave!

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway/Stearns KY Trail Town, Oct. 16, 2015

The Gum Tree at BSFSR Depot is on full color display since my post a few weeks ago.

Beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow are starting to make their way down into the surrounding gorges and valleys like the view of Paunch Creek from the BSFSR Railway just after passing through the tunnel.

 

 

 

Tickets are available www.bsfsry.com for the K&T Special.

 

 

We also have a family friendly evening trip on Saturday, Oct. 17th & 24th  for the Haunted Hollow Express.  

Come Ride the Rails with Us!

Posted in ColorFall , Events , South Central Region |

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park – October 16, 2015

The trees are still in transition as you can see with this black walnut tree.  Lots of deep yellows and golds.  The turning has slowed a little but there are still plenty of beautiful fall foliage to see and appreciate.  As you look around our park as well as many others we are still at about 40 percent peak color.  We are expecting full peak in about two weeks.

Visiting one of our state parks offers many beautiful sights to see.  If you love nature then you will find a treasure at each state park from wildlife to historic memorabilia.   At Lake Cumberland there are numerous ways to encounter nature:  Boating, hiking, fishing, and just exploring all the sights and sounds within.

Sassafras Foliage

Sweet Gum Foliage

 

 

 

 

 

Green Hero

 

 

 

This little guy is watching for something good to eat to swim by.  It is a green heron, not as big as the blue heron but a very interesting bird.  You might see one of these on your shoreline stroll.

Blue Heron

 

 

Blue Heron

The blue heron is a much bigger bird and can be seen quite often near the waters edge.  The are dedicated persistent fishers.  They can swallow a whole fish down that long skinny neck.  They are very precise and accurate.

Take time to visit one of our state parks and enjoy nature at one of its most colorful times. Whether it is drifting along on the water, having a family picnic, or just camping in one of our handy woodland campsites…just enjoy the beauty of nature.  They have all the conveniences that make camping fun!

 

 

Lake Cumberland welcomes you, give us a call and we will set you up!

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

Bullitt County Welcome Center

Very minor color changes along I 65. Some orange and yellows trying to peek through. Hopefully this week-end will not only put a little frost on the pumpkin it will also put a little color on the trees.

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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | 10.15.15

It’s now the middle of October, and we’re beginning to see a bit more color. Unfortunately, a number of the leaves are finding their way to the ground without turning bright reds and golds. This photo was taken near the West Lot Dwelling, which is 1.5 miles from the main village. The maple trees that line the historic turnpike are still green, and we’re hopeful to see some color there in the coming weeks. The property along the Kentucky River has yet to turn, but the Dixie Belle Riverboat ride is still quite refreshing this time of year. For more information about fall events, visit shakervillageky.org .

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Shelby County Welcome Center 10/15/2015

Gentle changes have brought the fall color between 35-50% in our general area.  Predicted colder weather over the weekend should peak out at about 75%.

Posted in ColorFall , North Central Region |

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

View of the Cumberland River from patio at the DuPont Lodge

The Cumberland Falls Region in South Eastern Kentucky is approaching  peak.   Some Hickories are approaching a nice golden color.  Maples, Sour Woods,  Dog Woods and Black Gums are showing some brilliant red color.  With the cooling temperatures this weekend the peak should occur early next week.

The staff at Cumberland Falls Dares you to come to our Tour of Terror event on October 23 & 24,  30 & 31.  Warning you will be terrorized !   You can purchase tickets at the gift shop area on the days of the tours.  Cost is $ 10.00 per person an starts at 7:30 Pm.

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Lake Barkley State Park Fall Color Report for 10/15/2015

Gentle changes are starting to appear across the park with a few bright reds from sumac tree and occasional red maples. A few dogwoods have exceptional color when others do not. The trees closest to the river seem to be changing faster and seem to be the best bet for brilliant fall colors in the next 2 weeks. Fall Color is at 25 %. For more information about trails, fall colors either call 270-924 -1131 or email nick.edmonds@ky,gov

. Check out the parks Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/lake.barkley.1

 

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 3

Pennyrile Lake Week 3 ColorFall

At Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park fall seems to be coming in two main waves of leaf color.  Due to the late summer drought the area has faced many of the trees that change color early in fall are at or past peak.  The blackgums for example have mostly changed to their brilliant reds and are losing leaves fast. In this region the most of the oaks are just beginning to show hints of color. Oak trees are typically the last trees to loose their green color. They typically will still have leaves with browns, oranges and reds in early November.

Currently we are seeing color in flowering dogwoods (red to purple), blackgums (red, most are past peak), maples (red, orange, or yellow), sumacs (red), sassafras (orange to red) American sycamore (yellow), tulip poplar (yellow), Eastern redbud (yellow), and hickories (yellow to gold).  Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines are showing off beautiful red colors.  The forest edges are at approximately 35 to 40 % change and the forest interior is much greener.  Peak color will probably occur around October 25th. Some color will hold on until early November. Asters are the main wildflowers that are currently blooming in the park.

The park is hosting Fall Photography Weekend October 16-18, 2015 and Spooky Extravaganza on October 23-25, 2015. For more information email rebeccae.clark@ky.gov.

 

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Trails to hike, bike or ride a horse

Hiker on a wooded trail

Mammoth Cave NP offers 85 miles of trails – all for hiking, some for biking, and some for horseback riding.

 

Get outside!  Fall weather in Kentucky is waiting for you to enjoy.

Mammoth Cave National Park offers a network of trails on the surface, in addition to the toured underground passageways.

The fall colors are coming on, still mixed with green.  Already this is a good crunch of dried leaves to rustle through.

Enjoy your national park!  #FindYourPark at Mammoth Cave!

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region , Trails |

Pine Mountain State Resort Park – October 13, 2015 – FallColor Report

The park road continues to light with color as we move deeper into the month of October. While still not at peak, the mountainside has truly begun its autumnal transformation. As is typical of southeast Kentucky, peak color is set to occur mid to late October, but the progression of color has begun to pick up pace. Red maples are beginning to burn in rusty reds, tulip poplars are glowing in yellow, and leaves are beginning to sprinkle the cooler fall ground. Make your plans to visit Pine Mountain State Resort Park this month to see firsthand the mountains of Appalachia burn with fall color.

The park will be hosting family friendly programs on October 23rd and October 30th. For more information contact Beth.Byrnes@ky.gov or call 606-337-3066. Also, see the flyer attached to this post.

Like the park’s Facebook page to stay up to date on events and park information: www.facebook.com/pinemountainstateresortpark

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Still Pretty Green in Cadiz, Kentucky October 11, 2015

Cadiz and Trigg County are full of little gems and places to get away and be peaceful and enjoy the solitude.  Natures beauty is abundant here and we are truly blessed to be a part of it.  Come for a visit and join us as we settle into Fall.  There are lots of shops to visit and it’s not crowed this time of the year.  There are cottages on the Lake to be rented and nature at it’s best to be witnessed! 

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Fall is slowly sneaking in to rural south central Kentucky

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An early fall drive through rural Hart County in south central Kentucky can take you through small communities with exotic names. Bear Wallow, Uno, Possum Trot, Legrande and Rex are a few if the tiny places along or near  scenic US 31E. Right … Continue reading

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Simpson County KY. Monday 10-12-2015

We have some fall colors starting to arrive here in Simpson County.  We currently have about 20% – 30% fall colors on display.  Temperatures reach a high of about 70 and lows in the mid 40′s right now.  In the picture you will see an Amish worker traveling to work.

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Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Oct 10th

We had a beautiful day in Russellville, KY. on Saturday October 10th.  The fall colors in Logan county are at 20% – 30%.  You can also see the old court house building.

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park October 9, 2015

What a week of absolutely beautiful fall weather !   If you did not make it to one of our state parks, you missed a wonderful opportunity.  Sunshine, cascades of color over the hillsides, and gorgeous lakes are just waiting for you.

The colors are a bit more dramatic this week.  With probably about thirty percent peak colors, you can definitely see the change that has taken place since last Friday.  The dogwoods, tulip poplars, hickories, black walnut, sassafras, and paw paws are all in color transition.  You can see deep yellows and golds, brilliant reds, and a splash of orange here and there. 

 

 

 

 

The sumac is also a flaming crimson red and full of drupes of fruit called “sumac bobs”.   The fruit ripens in the fall.  The red sumac has been used as a spice for centuries in Middle Eastern cuisine.  It has a tart lemony flavor and Native Americans made a tart drink using the berries in water.  There are approximately 250 different species of sumac.  Some species can be harmful so always make sure you read about and accurately identify any wild plant before harvesting and eating.

This barred owl is perched in a beech tree just waiting for an evening snack.  He is camouflaged very nicely and the unsuspecting mice or other critters below had better keep a close watch for him.

You never  know what you are going to see at our state parks, but there is one thing for sure, you will always find something fun or interesting to do.  Just ask this little guy as he scampers around gathering nuts and acorns for winter.  I think he’s the acrobat of the family.

 

 

 

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway/Stearns KY Trail Town, Oct. 9, 2015

The “Maples” are beginning to show signs of red and orange along the ridge tops and roadways.  Locomotive, K&T 102, made an appearance this week at Big South Fork Scenic Railway for a run down into the Big South Fork Gorge.  Visit www.bsfsry.com for information to Ride The Rails with Us!

K&T No. 102 Diesel Locomotive

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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

We are still seeing mostly green as we look around Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, but we are starting to see a little more color make its way into the landscape.  Trees showing the best color this week include, Papaw, Sourwood, Sumac, Dogwood, Maples, Redbud, and Sassafras.

Dewey Lake at Jenny Wiley SRP

Some of the best areas to experience the color change are the Lakeshore Trail and the Moss Ridge Trail.  Be sure to join us for some Halloween fun out our Haunted Hay Ride and Haunted Pontoon Tour October 16, 17, 23, 24 starting at dark.  Also we have Elk Viewing Tours from October 17 thru March, call 606-889-1790 to make your reservations today.

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Week 2

Lake Pennyrile @ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park ColorFall 2015 Week 2

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is alive with fall color. We are seeing color in flowering dogwoods (red to purple), blackgums (red, some are past peak), maples (red, orange, or yellow), sumacs (red), sassafras (orange to red) American sycamore (yellow), tulip poplar (yellow), Eastern redbud (yellow), and hickories (yellow to gold).  Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines are showing off beautiful red colors.  The forest edges are at approximately 25-30% change and the forest interior is much greener.  Peak color will probably occur sometime between October 15th and October 25th. Hopefully some color will hold on until early November. Asters are the main wildflowers that are currently blooming in the park.

Eastern gray squirrels, eastern chipmunks, and groundhogs have been busy eating and storing food for winter. White-tailed deer have also been active in and around the park, especially at dusk and dawn.

The park is hosting Fall Photography Weekend October 16-18, 2015. Online registration is available at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/Photography

For more information email rebeccae.clark@ky.gov . The park is also hosting a Spooky Extravaganza on October 23-25, 2015.

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Lake Barkley State Park Fall Color October 7th , 2015

A slight change in color is only difference from last report from 9/30/15. The forest is still for the most part green. A few more red leafs from the red maples; sumac and black gum can be viewed. Just a few more yellow to orange can be observed in and along the trails. Fall Color 9%

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Get up! Get outside!

fog in Green River valley

Morning fog rises off Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Shelby Welcome Center 10/7/15

These beautiful colors are from the “Yellow Wood” trees we have on our grounds at the Welcome Center.  The fall colors in the Shelby County area are at 10%.

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park – October 6, 2015 – ColorFall Report

October 6, 2015 - View of Natural Bridge

There has only been a slight change in leaf color at the park since last week’s ColorFall report. The forest is predominately green but the fall color is beginning to accelerate.  Pawpaw, redbud, maple, and tulip trees are showing slight changes over to yellows and oranges.  Dogwood, sumac, red maple, sourwood, sassafras, and blackgum are beginning to turn various shades of red.  Over the next 2-3 weeks we expect the color change to speed up rapidly.  The peek of fall color at the park is typically mid-late October. The best trail at the park to see fall color is Laurel Ridge Trail between the Natural Bridge and Lover’s Leap overlook.  This trail can be accessed by several other trails or by riding up the skylift.  For more information about lodging, camping, and dining at Natural Bridge, call (606) 663-2214.

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October 4th 2015 Somewhat Colorful Cadiz Kentucky

Planning and gearing up for Ham Fest is in full swing!  Sometimes we all need a little spot to unwind and be peaceful.  The shore of Lake Barkley is the perfect little spot to see the colors change and spot the incoming pelicans on their migration.  You can also drop your line in the water and test your luck!  There’s lots of beautiful weather left in Western Kentucky, so visit the Ham Fest on the 9th and 10th of this month and drive out to Lake Barkley and see the beautiful trees begin to change color.  If you’re lucky, you will witness the majestic pelicans, coming and going!

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The Beginning of Fall at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park

The trees around the park are beginning to show their Fall colors. Some of the more brilliantly colored trees to keep your eye on are our Sugar and Red Maples, Dogwoods, and Gum trees. If you take a walk on our 1 mile fitness trail in the next few weeks, you’ll be surrounded by the sights of fall. You”ll pass by our Sycamore trees, showing off their tall white trunks, and our Sugar Maples that take on a variety of colors, from pale yellow to bright red. Bring your cameras and make sure to tag E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park and KY State Parks online!

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Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park–Scenic Mountain Vista 10/4/15

There is no better place to enjoy the changing leaf color than in the serene tranquility of this mountain vista of Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.  Although the woods are mostly green, there is about 10% color change with buckeyes, sycamores, walnuts and locusts leading the way.  You can enjoy the colors from your room balcony or while fishing on the lake.  Depending on the weather (temperature and rain), the colors should peak about the middle of October.

Each guest is special to the employees at the park and many return time and again once they have visited the park.  See our webpage at the link: www.parks.ky.gov or call 1-800-325-0058 for more information about Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park and other park events, including discounts and special offers on lodge rooms and cottages.

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway/Stearns KY Trail Town, Oct. 2, 2015

Much rain has fallen the past week at Big South Fork Scenic Railway…. but the rain and cooler temperatures are helping those beautiful colors which will soon emerge!  The Gum Tree in front of the Depot is showing a hint of crimson.  The forecast for next week looks promising and will be great for the upcoming Trick or Treat Train and Festival for Tots on October 10th.  Visit www. bsfsry.com for more information

US Flag & The Gum Tree

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

The great autumn display is approaching, some red color is starting to appear in Dogwoods & Sourwoods.  It’s a great time to enjoy some Fall flowers. Many species can be seen along the roadways and field edges around the region such as, Cardinal Flower, Mist Flower, Woodland Sunflowers, and may species of Golden Rods and Asters.   The recreation department is hosting a Family Adventure Weekend on October 9 & 10.  Several activities such as hiking, archery, crafts etc will be offered.  Please contact park for a detailed schedule at 800-325-0063.

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Mammoth Cave colors are warming up

red sumac leaves and seed

Sumac is warming up the Mammoth Cave roadsides.

 

Fall colors are beginning to show at Mammoth Cave National Park. Roadsides are warming up with bright red sumac, dogwood and gum leaves.

It’s great to take a tour of the longest cave in the world, and it’s great to hike or bike or ride a horse on the beautiful surface trails at Mammoth Cave.

Find you park at Mammoth Cave!  #FindYourPark

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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

There is no better place to see all the fall season has to offer than Jenny Wiley State Resort Park located in scenic Prestonsburg, Kentucky.  Green is still the main color to be seen throughout the forest as of now, but some color is beginning to show.  Color now showing with Sycamore, Dogwood, Redbud, Maple, Tulip Poplar, Black Gum and even Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper are starting to show yellow and red.  Peak color still remains for the second to third week in October.  Some of the best places to see the color of the park is on the Lakeshore Trail, Moss Ridge Trail, or a leisurely pontoon ride on the lake.  Don’t forget we are now in Elk Viewing Tour season so book yours today by calling 606-889-1790.

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park October 1, 2015

As you can see a vast amount of the foliage at Lake Cumberland is still mostly green.  There are a few dogwoods, redbud, tulip tree, walnut, and  sweetgum that have sparsely began to turn, but not enough to give an actual percentage yet.  The lake is at a nice level for some good fishing.

It would be a great time to check out a persimmon to see if we are going to have a hard winter this year.  If you split open the seed and you find a fork we are doing good, but if you find that dastardly spoon we are in trouble.  This is of course according to old fables, but I have heard that many times they are pretty accurate. 

Even though the trees are not turning much yet it is still a very beautiful time to visit and enjoy this really nice fall weather.  Take a hike down one of our nature trails or just enjoy some of the surrounding scenery.

Take a trip down and visit Wold Creek Dam or the Fish Hatchery.  The cool weather is perfect for sight seeing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camperama Weekend Oct. 2-4 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

JAMESTOWN, Ky. – Lake Cumberland State Resort Park near Jamestown will host its Camperama Weekend Oct. 2-4 with activities for the entire family.  Camp two nights for the price of one.

 

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Shelby County Welcome Center Oct.1, 2015

 

Fall Foliage October 1, 2015

The colors of the fall foliage at the Shelby County Welcome Center have only turned by maybe 10 percent this week.  With the cooler temperatures moving in, we are looking forward to more color starting the second week of October.

 

For more information, we can be reached at 502/722/9383.

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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 1, 2015

Autumn Arrives to Big Bone Lick

The persistent dry weather of late summer may have imposed enough on the leaf-dropping hardwood trees of northern Kentucky so as to place them in the right condition for a pleasing display of fall color.  Now, dipping temperatures are needed to press the color display onward to its peak.

Hickories, walnuts, and sycamores are presently displaying shades of yellow and brown, and red and orange hues are currently observed in the red maples and black gums.  Color change is at 10-15%.

The 33rd annual Salt Festival will occur at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site on the weekend of October 16-18, 2015.  The festival features demonstrations of frontier/pioneer living skills and lifeways.  Browse the crafters row and find an assortment of good eats at the food court.  Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a old-time storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron.  See how salt was extracted from the waters of Big Bone Lick, and watch a flintknapper make a stone point.  Discover how bison hair is spun into yarn and be sure to see the bison herd after visiting the park’s museum.

For more information about the park, visit http://parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/big-bone-lick

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Bullitt County Welcome Center-October 1 2015

Seeing some minor color changes in front of our Welcome Center.  Looking at a couple of bright red trees and bushes, all others are still mostly green with a slight yellow and orange. Probably at 10-20 percent change.

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Pine Mountain State Resort Park – October 1st, 2015 – ColorFall Report

At Pine Mountain State Resort Park color is starting to peek through all of the green. Trees are beginning to cease chlorophyll production and their true colors, shades of red, yellow, orange, and gold are beginning to pop up throughout the canopy. Although still a predominantly green forest, those trees that were first to bloom in the spring including tulip poplars, red maple, dogwoods, and redbuds, have already begun to change color. As is typical in the southeast area of Kentucky, the park  looks to reach peak color around mid to late October. Several hiking trails will allow you to travel deep in the forest for color viewing or you can enjoy the park overlooks for a bird’s eye view of the vast color blanket. Make your plans now to visit or stay at the park. The color change along Pine Mountain is something you won’t want to miss! For lodging information call 606-337-3066.

To stay up to date on park happenings and events like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pinemountainstateresortpark

http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/pine-mountain/default.aspx

A typical fall view from the Mountain View Restaurant located in the Pine Mountain State Resort Park lodge.

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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | 10.01.15

Autumn has arrived at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill! True to tradition, the honey locusts in the parking lot nearest the Trustees’ Office have turned a vibrant orange and begun to fall. We await the changing of the maple trees that line the historic turnpike through the center of the Village, as they should be the next to turn. Fall’s final stop at Shaker Village will be the trees that line the banks of the Kentucky River through the Palisades, which are visible from the 115-passenger Dixie Belle Riverboat. For more information about fall events, visit shakervillageky.org .

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 1

Pennyrile Lake Week 1 ColorFall 2015

Fall seems to be coming early at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.  We are seeing color in flowering dogwoods (red to purple), blackgums (red), maples (red, orange, or yellow), sumacs (red), sassafras (orange to red), and hickories (yellow to gold).  Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines are showing off beautiful red colors.  The forest edges are at approximately 20% change and the forest interior is much greener.  Peak color will probably occur sometime between October 15th and October 25th. Hopefully some color will hold on until early November. Goldenrods and asters are the main wildflowers that are currently blooming in the park.

Eastern gray squirrels, eastern chipmunks, and groundhogs have been busy eating and storing food for winter. White-tailed deer have also been active in and around the park, especially at dusk and dawn. Summer tanagers and pileated woodpeckers have been spotted around the lodge.

The park is hosting Fall Photography Weekend October 16-18, 2015. Online registration is available at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/Photography

For more information email rebeccae.clark@ky.gov . The park is also hosting a Spooky Extravaganza on October 23-25, 2015.

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park – September 30, 2015

It’s Fall Y’all!  And it’s coming fast!  The trees have already started changing to celebrate the Autumn season and are at about a 15% color change right now.  Dogwoods have already turned red and half of the leaves have already carpteted the ground below with color.  Tulip poplars have changed to yellow and maples are beginning to show hints of reds and oranges.

Make plans to visit and admire the outstanding beauty of the park.  Spend the night in a lodge room or cottage to relax in nature.  Taste a delicious meal in the Driftwood Restaurant located inside the lodge while you’re here.  This is perfect weather to hike a trail or enjoy the scenery from the back of a horse because horseback riding is still available every weekend until October 31st.  Upcoming events:  Spookout Weekend October 16-17 and Geocaching Weekend October 24-25.

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Carter Caves State Resort Park – September 30, 2015 – ColorFall Report

We are beginning to see some color change here at Carter Caves. The Tulip Populars, Walnuts and Maples are showing off some yellows and black gums have some showy red leaves. We are estimated about 10% color change thus far. With the wet weather and cool temperatures ahead we should be seeing some good color in the next few weeks.

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Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park-September 30, 2015

Cool nights and crisp air are carrying a promise of autumn’s splendor at KY Dam Village State Resort Park.  The landscape is currently denominated by green hues with a dusting of yellow and red winking at passersby.  For more information on fall color and activities please contact Laura Jackson at 270-362-4276 x412.

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park Fall Color 9/30/15

Lake Barkley State Resort Park
For the most part the park is still green. Fall is beginning to appear along the roadside. A few hints of yellow are protruding from the forest. Most of the yellow is coming from pawpaw, maple and your state tree the tulip popular tree. Only a slight hint of red leafs appears to be seen on the trails. Most of the dogwood, sumac, red maple, and black gum will be showing change in the coming weeks. Fall Color is at 5 %. For more information about trails, fall colors either call 270-924 -1131 or email nick.edmonds@ky,gov

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Just outside my office

Just outside my office in downtown Horse Cave there’s a beautiful cave and a trail that traces the pathway of that cave under your feet. It’s very early fall now, and the leaves are just beginning to fall. Today’s rain showers are the first we’ve had in weeks. I don’t know how that will affect our fall colors, but I’m hoping the colors will be glorious as the leaves drift silently to the ground. I’ll let you know! www.kygetaway.com

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A taste of fall at Dennison’s Roadside Market in Hart County

The first bounty of fall is out at Dennison’s Roadside Market, just outside Horse Cave in Hart County. Dennison’s has been selected for the Appalachian Rural Commission’s Bon Appalachia map that features locally grown delicacies. At Dennison’s right now, fall is mums, gourds, caramel apples, sorghum, maple syrup, apples, pumpkins, butternuts, peppers, scarecrows, and more. For more info on Dennison’s and Hart County go to www.kygetaway.com

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Near the Mouth of Bylew Creek on Nolin River in Mammoth Cave National Park 9-28-15 Photo credit: Norman Warnell

Bylew Creek on Nolin River in Mammoth Cave National Park 9-28-15 Photo credit: Norman Warnell

Located in three south central Kentucky counties (Hart, Barren and Edmonson), Mammoth Cave National Park has more than 400 miles of cave, many miles of Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, and more than 30 miles of the Green and Nolin Rivers, offering hours of boating, canoeing, fishing, and floodplain camping. This photo by Norman Warnell shows the area in Edmonson County near the mouth of Bylew Creek. For more information about things to do in the area go to www.mammothcavefun.com.

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park – September 25, 2015 – ColorFall Report

While the forest is still predominately green at Natural Bridge, the leaf color change has begun.  Pawpaw, redbud, maple, and tulip trees are showing slight changes over to yellow.  Dogwood, sumac, red maple, and blackgum are just beginning to turn various shades of red.  Over the next 2-3 weeks we expect the color change to speed up rapidly.  The peek of fall color at the park is typically mid-late October. The best trail at the park to see fall color is Laurel Ridge Trail between the Natural Bridge and Lover’s Leap overlook.  This trail can be accessed by several other trails or by riding up the skylift.  For more information about the parks native plants, trails, and fall color contact the park’s naturalist office staff at (606) 663-2214.

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