John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

Our trees are finally starting to blanket the ground in color. In addition to the Dogwood, Paw Paw, Sugar Maple and Sassafras trees from last week, this week has seen an explosion of Sweet gum, Basswood, Tulip tree, and Black walnut leaf change. This week we stand at about 60-70% peak. Although the evenings are dancing just above freezing, our 60-degree Fahrenheit days are still very comfortable to walk or run the trails.
Colors are best on the golf course, Recreation Lake, and the edges where sunlight can help the trees generate sugars.
Don’t miss our Halloween Activities coming up.


“Tall Tales from the Front Porch” by Bob Park
Friday, October 24 6:30 p.m. Audubon Museum
Hometown favorite comedian Bob Park tells his “Tall Tales from the Front Porch”. Bob will be accompanied by Keith Vincent, Donna Stinnett and Jayme Fruit during his presentation. Bob will also have his book for sale in the museum gift store and a book signing after the program. Reserve your free seat by calling the Museum.
Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov FREE to the public

Music in the Park
Saturday, October 25 1-4 p.m. John James Audubon Museum Courtyard
Join us for a fun and entertaining day of music from the cast of Park Ridge Road, Keith Vincent and Fish Town (Bob Park, Barry Denton, Steve Mayo, Donna Stinnett and Jayme Fruit). Bring your chairs, sit back and enjoy.
Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov FREE to the public

Halloween in the Campground
Saturday, October 25 p.m. 4-6:30 p.m. John James Audubon Campground
4:00-5:15 p.m. Campground Trick-or-Treating
5:30-6:30 p.m. Owl Program at the Campground Shelter
6:30 p.m. Campsite Decoration Contest Judging begins. Prizes available for top three site decorations.
Contact: Campground Office 270-826-5939 or Julie McDonald 270-826-2247 juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov .
FREE to the public

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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park October 23, 2014

Beautiful colors from Terry Boat Ramp

Wow is the color popping here at Jenny Wiley! Finally a break from the clouds and our friend the Sun, we are able to see the color for what it truly is. Everything is in color right now, from the yellows of the Tulip Poplar to the Reds and Oranges of Oak and Maple. Color is very near peak and expected to be so within the next few days. Wind and rain have served to dislodge many of the leaves, but many others are still hanging on to put on a show for us!

We encourage you to visit the park this weekend! Weather will be beautiful and we have plenty going on for our Halloween festivities. Campsite decorating contests, Trick-or-Treating, Costume contests, along with our Haunted Pontoon Ride and Haunted Hayride will keep you spooked and entertained all the while that you are here enjoying the beautiful Fall colors.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 606-889-1790 or by emailing me at jayd.raines@ky.gov.

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Fall’s bounty

Persimmon trees are heavy with fruit.

 

The persimmon trees (Diospyros virginianain) at Mammoth Cave National Park are full of fruit, and stand out against the true blue fall sky.

Wildlife, especially deer, make a feast of persimmons in the fall.

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Given her reluctance to dazzle us from the onset, and considering the late season hour, one is inclined to presume that Autumn has chosen to play the understated beauty of the year. Not to be wholly overlooked due to her modesty though, she is contented to flaunt a complete spectrum of fall harvest colors during the day’s golden hours when her blushing leaves are aglow, backlit by the rising and sinking sun.

Cool evenings followed by tranquil mornings, make Lake Barkley State Resort Park an ideal retreat. Visit the Park website to book a room today: http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/Lake-Barkley

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

From a distance it seems there is still a sea of green around the hillsides, however Lake Cumberland has reached peak color.  From the birth of fall the colors just really seem to be very muted this year.  We are used to seeing the brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, and deep dark reds, but this year we just have to enjoy what nature gives us.

The beauty of fall still is very much alive and waiting to be seen.  These pretty purple asters add a dot of color to the hillsides and along the roadsides.  Nestled among brown crunchy leaves and the remnants of green grass they peek at the last glimmers of fall.

Hickories and maples entwined still cling to pale yellows and golds, with a hint of red in the maples.  Though winter is on it’s way there is still time to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

 

Even a puffball still here and there to be seen.  The last burst of fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful evergreens to reminds us that even though winters comes, nature still has vibrant color.

 

 

 

For more information about the park check out our website

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

View from Church Shelter (Week 4)

The forest is a glow with color at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Many tree species are at or past peak, but many of the Oaks still have not changed. Ash, Hickories, and Tulip Poplar are showing off nice yellows and golds.  The Sumac on the roadsides are still wearing bright reds. The forest as a whole is probably at between 50 to 75% color change. Color should be wonderful this weekend for the park’s Spooky Extravaganza!

To see all the beautiful photographs of the area that were taken during fall photography weekend last weekend go to:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1505670143019437.1073741832.1475943075992144&type=3

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Carter Caves State Resort Park

If you are coming to Carter Caves this weekend you should still see quite a bit of color.  The landscape has changed quite a bit in the last week.  Many leaves have turned color and already hit the ground leaving some trees without leaves.  Although, we still have some great color within the forest to enjoy while driving through the park or hitting a trail.  I wouldn’t wait to much longer if your plans are to see fall color at Carter Caves this year.

Upcoming this weekend is our final day of the Carter Caves Haunted Trail.  It will be held on Friday October 24th.  We also have a spooky movie in Cascade Cave held on Saturday Night at 8:30pm.  Details Follow.

OCTOBER  24:  Carter Caves Haunted Trail  If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear!  Our past trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail one of the best Haunted Attractions in the region.  Admission is $8 per person.  Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail.  The trail is not recommended for young children.  Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided by the park.  Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool.

OCTOBER 25:  Cave-in Movie “Hocus Pocus”   Join us at Cascade Cave for an evening of fun and entertainment as we show you the family friendly spooky flick “Hocus Pocus,” INSIDE THE CAVE!  The price is $5 per person at the door and seating is not provided, so it is BYOC (Bring your own chairs).  Popcorn and drink concessions will be available at the cave on a cash only basis.  Showtime is 8:30pm. Tickets are sold in the Cascade Area starting around 8pm.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 22

Sugar maples save the season in average years.

The peak of color is likely occurring now across north-central Kentucky.  The height of the color display should continue until the middle of next week, but truly spectacular trees are spotty in occurrence and most areas in the north have already lost 40-50% of their leaves owing to persistent rains of the week prior and to brisk winds that prevailed this past weekend.

Though the peak of color will be past by this coming Monday, 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.

At present across northern Kentucky, the best color is observed in the maples, hickories, walnut, sweet gum, and an assortment of lesser native or naturalized shrubbery.

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park – 10/22/2014

The fall color has been progressing quickly over the last week here at Natural Bridge!  We are predicting that this week and the next will be the peak of fall color for this season.  The red maples are looking great on the ridges and the white oaks have started to turn a deep red in the valleys.  Hickories have started to turn and are adding some beautiful yellows to the fall color palette.  The current forecast looks perfect with mostly sunny days and highs in the 60′s and 70′s…bring the family out for a fall hiking adventure.  Hungry hikers can stop by the Hemlock Lodge’s Sandstone Arches Restaurant for a hardy breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park – October 21, 2014

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is showing about a 70% color change.  The peak colors are happening now and will continue to be beautiful through October.  All the trees are showing some color change with some displaying full colors of red, yellow, and orange.  Now is the time to visit to enjoy this array of vibrant beauty.

Come anytime during the month of October to view the beautiful fall colors of leaves and while you here enjoy a delicious meal in the Driftwood Restaurant, play a round of golf, hike a trail, and since there is so much more to do, go ahead and spend the night in one of our lodge rooms or cabins. 

The park has a new trail open for you to hike and check out the leaves of fall!   Peters Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile easy trail that offers partial views of the lake along one section. 

Do you want to see the woods in autumn from a different perspective?  Horseback rides are still available every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm until October 31st.  Call for details or to make reservations.

This weekend the park invites you to participate in Geocaching Weekend  on October 25-26.  Bring your GPS for a treasure hunt in the woods.  For more information call the park at 1-800-325-0057.

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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park- October 19th, 2014

Colors on a Cloudy Day

Hello all!

I apologize for delaying a post as I have been sick and stuck at home for the past week. Grabbing a good color shot has been tough, as we have had a TON of rain over the last two weeks. This rain has served to cause some of our leaves to drop prematurely, but there are still plenty on the trees to make for a good show. I am seeing color in most all of the trees with Maple, Oak, Poplar, Sassafras and Beech making up the most of it. Along the far side of Dewey Lake, Pines and Cedars are adding a beautiful hint of green to the yellows, reds and oranges being produced by the various deciduous trees. The next week or so should prove to kick things in to gear. Currently, color is sitting at about 70%, and should be peaking within the next couple weeks.

If you dare, come out to the park on October 24th and 25th for Halloween in the

Across Dewey Lake from Arrowhead Point

Campground! You can check out all of the beautiful Fall color by day, and have the daylights scared out of you by night! There will be Trick-or- Treating, campsite decorating contests, a Haunted Pontoon Tour, as well as as the Haunted Hayride, made possible by the Auxier Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information, dial 606-889-1790 or by emailing me at jayd.raines@ky.gov.

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Mammoth Cave oaks are rusty

white oak leaves

White oaks are rusty at Mammoth Cave.

 

Mammoth Cave National Park is slowly making its way into the fall season.  The fall color change in the park has reached the 50 percent mark.  Splashes of yellow, gold, orange, burgundy and russet are overtaking the valleys.

 

 

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Carter Caves State Resort Park

WOW!   The forested hills have changed drastically over the last week.  Everywhere you look at the park you will enjoy some beautiful fall color.  Some of the rains have brought some leaves to the ground but many are hanging on and are in full color.  Carter Caves looks like a magical place.  I would say we are moving into the peak color season and how long it last depends on rain and wind conditions.  If you like fall color I would plan a trip to the caves in the next couple weeks to enjoy the picture perfect landscape.

We are moving into our second weekend of the Haunted Trail.  Also we have added Friday, October 24th as a makeup date for the rain out last Friday.   More information on the 12th Annual Haunted Trail is below.

OCTOBER  17, 18 & 24:  Carter Caves Haunted Trail  If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear!  Our past trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail one of the best Haunted Attractions in the region.  Admission is $8 per person.  Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail.  The trail is not recommended for young children.  Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided by the park.  Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool.

 

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park

When cruising past the Boots Randolph Golf Course and continuing along the main Park drive, one can finally sense Autumn’s presence. Many of the dogwoods, sassafras, and red maples are just beginning to blush. Sprinkled amidst oaks of lingering green, are hues of yellow and orange from the sweet gums, sugar maples, and tulip trees, which she has also seen fit to add to her palette. Although still rather understated, her deliberate brushstrokes reveal a forest mosaic that would otherwise, often go unnoticed.

Come and behold her working masterpiece while sampling some special cuisine at the Wild Game Buffet this Friday (October 17th). Or, savor the sweet chill in the air while dancing your way across the finish line at the Tick-or-Trot 5K Glow Run (October 25th)!

For more information about these two upcoming events, call 270-924-1131 ext. 196 or visit the Park website at http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-barkley/events.aspx

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Fall colors still remain slow in their arrival.  While hoping for more vibrant colors this fall it seems that the overall color has quite a bit of browns within the forest as a whole.  The sweet gums, dogwoods, tulip poplars, and hickories are showing the most color.

With all of the recent rain and windy weather many trees are losing their leaves before they get their peak color.

 

There is still time to come and enjoy the fall colors.  Lake Cumberland is at about forty percent peak color.  Hopefully cooler weather this weekend will help boost the colors.

Remember, all you avid geocachers,  we have numerous geocaches on the park and this would be perfect weather to find some geocaches, as well as admire the beautiful colors of fall.

While you are at the park be sure to relax in our indoor pool.  All guest have access to the indoor pool, so if you are camping, staying in a lodge room, or in one of our many cabins, take advantage of our indoor pool.

For more information about the park check out our website

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John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

The fall colors at John James Audubon State Park are beginning to show more as the temperatures dip a little every day. We expect peak to be the last week of October and the first week of November. Even though we are only about 20% color changed, Virginia Creeper vines and Dogwood trees are fully engulfed in red. Basswood, Paw Paw, Sugar Maple, Sassafras, Tulip tree, Sycamore and Sweet Gum are all starting to show yellow leaves. The leaves from the Kentucky Coffeetree are almost all on the ground.
Since our woods are just starting to change, your best views will likely be around clearings, the 9-hole golf course, and Recreation Lake.

Visit us for our upcoming events. Fall Classic 4 Person Scramble
Saturday, October 18th & Sunday, October 19th 9am John James Audubon State Park Golf Course
Open to all golfers with seniors, women and juniors hitting from designated tees. $40.00 entry fee per person, cart fee not included.
Call the pro shop at 270-826-5546 to sign up for a Saturday tee time. There will be a 9:00 shotgun start for Sunday’s round.

“Halloween Bash” for children ages 3-7
Friday, October 24 10:30-11:45
Dress up those little goblins and princesses and send them to the “Halloween Bash” at the Audubon Museum for a morning of art and fun. We will be creating a special mask for Halloween and have a visit from an owl. Have a HOOT of a time at the Bash. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Miss Kim at the Audubon Museum kim.mcgrew@ky.gov or (270) 827 1893. Cost: $5

“Tall Tales from the Front Porch” by Bob Park” Friday, Evening 6:30pm
Friday, October 24 6:30pm
John James Audubon State Park presents hometown favorite comedian Bob Park in the Audubon Theater as he tells his “Tall Tales from the Front Porch”. Bob will be accompanied by Keith Vincent, Donna Stinnett and Jayme Fruit during his presentation. Bob will also have his book for sale and a book signing afterwards. Register for your free seat by calling the Museum at 270-827-1893.
In conjunction with this event, Bob will bring us “Music at the Park” on Saturday, October 25 in the Garden.
Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov Free to the public

Music in the Park
Saturday, Oct 25 1-4pm John James Audubon Museum Garden
Join us for a fun and entertaining day of music from the cast of Park Ridge Road, Keith Vincent and Fish Town (Bob Park, Barry Denton, Steve Mayo, Donna Stinnett and Jayme Fruit). Bring your chairs and sit back and enjoy with afternoon from 1-4pm
Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov
FREE to the public

Halloween in the Campground
Saturday, Oct 25 4-6:30 p.m. John James Audubon Campground
Enjoy a goulishly good time by trick-or-treating in the campground from 4-5:15 p.m.. Owl program 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m.
Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov
FREE to the public

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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 15

Maples are the centerpiece of Autumn.

Significant, rapid-paced color change is occurring at this time, but  the transformation is inconsistent with as little as 20% coloration in some areas and as much as 50% in others.  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 now needed to advance the hardwoods to peak color.  Just the same, owing to the variability of the weather this fall, the northern Kentucky peak of color will likely appear more like a patchwork quilt than a uniform blanket, with localized peaks occurring at different times in specific areas.

The 29th annual Salt Festival will occur this weekend, October 17-19, at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.  In addition to the traditional pioneer encampment, this year’s event will feature more food, more crafts, and more demonstrations than in recent years.  The weekend weather forecast is excellent;  join us for a fun and memorable weekend experience!

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

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

View from the Church Shelter (Week 3)

A dappling of fall color is showing up at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. This week we are beginning to see brilliant yellows in some of the many hickory trees at the park. Currently we are at 25-30% color change, but it could be closer to 50% by the weekend. Some of the most showy tree species so far are Blackgum (past peak) and Sourwood, both are showing beautiful reds. Flowering Dogwood, Sassafras, Sumac, Black Walnut, Catalpa, the Maples, the Hickories, and Tulip Poplars are also showing color. We are beginning to see some change in the forest interior. Many of the Oaks are still very green. Peak fall color is expected to be mid to late October.

Want to see more photographs of  Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park go to: https://www.facebook.com/PennyrileForest

 and give us a like to keep in touch with us or go to http://pennyrileforest.blogspot.com/  to see more colorful fall photographs.

Fall color should be excellent for Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Fall Photography Weekend October 17-19, 2014. You can register at the park’s lodge lobby beginning at 2PM on Friday October 17th.
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

The peak is quickly approaching in the Cumberland Falls Area.   Tuilp Trees and Hickories are a golden yellow.  Maples are starting their colorful display of red, yellow and orange colors.   This comming weekend should be the best time to enjoy fall color this year. 

On Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18 is our Tour of Terror at Cumberland Falls.  Your haunting Adventure begins at the visitor center near Cumberland Falls at 7:30 each night.  Tickets are $ 10 person and can be purchased at the gate.

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park – 10/14/2014

There has been an increase in color over that last week here at Natural Bridge.  The best reds are still found in the red maples, sourwoods, and blackgum up on the ridgetops.  Down in the valleys we are seeing the best reds in dogwood and sumac.  Sugar maples are currently producing some of the best yellow/orange leaves.  We expect the peak of fall color to be during the last two weeks of October this year.

Come out to Natural Bridge this Friday and Saturday (October 17th & 18th) to enjoy “Natural Bridge After Dark”.  Visitors will  have the rare opportunity to ride the skylift in the dark with some seasonal Halloween spooky sounds.  After the skylift ride, you can walk out to the top of Natural Bridge or Lookout Point and enjoy the stars.  The skylift will be open from 7pm – 10pm.  The skylift fee is $15/ages 13 & up and $10/ages 4-12.  The Halloween-decorated minigolf course will also be open for the evening.  The minigolf fee is $5/person.

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park – October 13, 2014

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is showing about a 40% color change.  Although we only have about a 40% change, it is happening fast.  This year’s fall colors have exploded quickly into reds, yellows, and oranges!  Right now dogwoods and sumac are still the most prevalent red color, but the maples and sweetgums are not being overlooked with their oranges.  The tulip poplar trees decided not to be overlooked by displaying leaves of vibrant yellow hanging out and scattered on the ground. The peak colors are expected to happen the last weekend of October.

 Come anytime during the month of October to view the beautiful fall colors of leaves and while you here enjoy a delicious meal in the Driftwood Restaurant, play a round of golf, hike a trail, and since there is so much more to do, go ahead and spend the night in one of our lodge rooms or cabins. 

 The park has a new trail open for you to hike and check out the leaves of fall!   Peters Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile easy trail that offers partial views of the lake along one section. 

 Do you want to see the woods in autumn from a different perspective?  Horseback rides are still available every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm until October 31st.  Call for details or to make reservations.

 The park also has some fun special events that take place in fall such as Spookout Weekend (October 17-18) and Geocaching Weekend (October 25-26).  For more information call the park at 1-800-325-0057.

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Preview color via Mammoth Cave’s webcam

image of Green River valley from Mammoth Cave NP webcam

Mammoth Cave's webcam lets you peek at fall color from afar.

 

Mammoth Cave National Park maintains a webcam overlooking the Green River valley – it is a perfect way to get a peek at park conditions before your visit.  The webcam address is at this LINK.

Dogwoods, gums, tulip poplars, hickories and oaks are turning at that park.  Come enjoy the fall weather on a picnic, or by camping, hiking, biking, canoeing or horseback riding.

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Autumn is quickly approaching as many maple trees are starting to show some good color.  Brilliant red color can be seen in Dogwoods, Sourwoods, and Sweet Gums.  Hickories and Tulip Trees are turning a golden yellow.  

Come see what sinister things happens at the Falls at night.  October 17, 18 , 24 & 25 is our first Tour of Terror.   Tours are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is not recommended for children under 10.  Cost is $10.00 per person and your ghostly adventure begins at the visitor center. For additional information, call 606-528-4121.

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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 9

Scarlet and amber hues in Red Maple.

The fall color transformation across northern Kentucky is progressing slowly.  In addition to the yellow, gold, and brown displays of hardwood trees like walnut and hickory that were reported last week,  a mottled mix of red-orange and yellow is now emerging in select sugar maples.  A deep purple-maroon is beginning to occur within the leaves of sweetgum and sassafras.

Occasional brief showers help to keep any fall color season on track for peak color, but prolonged rainy spells can be problematic.  A moderately drier weather forecast arriving by the middle of next week would be most conducive to keeping with the annually anticipated peak of fall color that traditionally occurs between the 2-3 week of October.  From here on out, progressively cooler evenings that hover above freezing  and bright afternoon sun would contribute much to this year’s hoped-for fall color display.  The color change is now at about 30% across northern Kentucky, but could advance quickly if the right conditions emerge in the days ahead.

The 29th annual Salt Festival will occur at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site on the weekend of October 17-19, 2014.  The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living and skills, frontier lifeways, and Native American skills and traditions.  Browse the crafters row and find an assortment of good eats at the food court.  Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to stories as told by a roving fiddler, view Ice Age artifacts, and see how salt was extracted from the waters of Big Bone Lick.  Watch a flintknapper make a stone point and discover how bison hair was spun into yarn.  While at the park, be sure to see the bison herd and visit the park’s visitor center and museum.

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

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Colors beginning to SHINE on the Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Posted by: Ron Vanover, State Naturalist

Colors are beginning to SHINE on the Dawkins Line Rail Trail. The Dawkins Line – which opened in May 2013 – is Kentucky’s longest “rail trail” with over 18 miles for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling. The next nine miles of the trail are being developed now.

Picturesque beauty of the mountains is never-ending. These particular photos were taken by JoAnn Harvey of Prestonsburg, Ky.

Safe travels as your traverse some of Kentucky’s splendid places. For additional information, visit THIS LINK.

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park – 10/9/2014

We have hit a momentary pause on the progression of fall color here at Natural Bridge mainly due to the heavy rains a couple of days ago.  Often with a heavy rain at this time of year, many of the colorful leaves drop to the forest floor.  Over the next two weeks, we expect to see some rapid changes in the leaves and are predicting the peak of fall color to be the last two weeks of October.  While the predominate color of the forest is still green, we are still seeing some red on red maple, sourwood, black gum, and dogwood trees.  The trees displaying early yellow/orange colors are sugar maple, redbud, black walnut, tuliptree, and pawpaw.

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Gazing out over the calm morning water, one can spy tinges of red and orange standing out against the predominantly green tree line on the opposite shore. It is almost as though Lake Barkley’s surrounding forest realizes that the spotlight is on “Ham Fest” in town this week. And so, the trees will save their autumn adornment until later in the month, when it can be fully appreciated by Lodge visitors.

 

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

View from the Church Shelter (Week 2)

Yellows, golds, reds and purples are beginning to show on trees on the forest edges, but the forest interior is still hanging on to green at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Some of the most showy tree species so far are Blackgum and Sourwood, both are showing beautiful reds. Flowering Dogwood, Sassafras, Sumac, Black Walnut, Catalpa, the Maples, and Tulip Poplar are also showing color. Most of the color is being on the edges of the forest.  The forest interior is still holding on to green. Current color change is approximately 10 to 15%. Peak fall color is expected to be mid to late October.

Fall color should be nice for Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Fall Photography Weekend October 17-19, 2014. Online registration is available at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/photography
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Carter Caves State Resort Park

We have seen quite a bit of color change since last weeks report. As you drive or hike through the park you will see many vibrant yellows, reds and oranges within the landscape. We estimate around 50% color change thus far. The oaks are the only species that have not started showing off their fall colors.

A great time of year to come out to the park and take a hike or enjoy a game of golf. This weekend is the opening weekend of our annual Haunted Trail.

OCTOBER 10, 11, 17 & 18: Carter Caves Haunted Trail If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear! Our past trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail one of the best Haunted Attractions in the region. Admission is $8 per person. Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided by the park. Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool.

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

As you can see the color change is definitely “creeping” in with between 15 to 20 percent overall color.  Last week the sassafras, black gum, dogwood, and sumac were the main trees for seeing some color change.

This week we are seeing a few maples, hickories beginning to show some color.  We are seeing more deep reds and yellows, with a splash of burnt orange here and there.

Sweet Gum

 

The sweet gum foliage shown here is several shades of red and the park has lots of them as you drive in or walk the trails.  They really add to the fall color.

Trees are not the only source of fall color.  We have dogwood trees that are filled with bright red berries and also deep orange persimmons that are scattered across various places on the park.  Every color adds to the beauty of fall.

Dogwood

Hickory

 

Persimmon

Now is a fantastic time to make reservations for a mini vacation at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park.  The fall colors are making their grand appearance and you don’t want to miss them.

For more information about the park check out our website

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Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

Paw Paw leaves are just starting to change colors 10/7/14


We still have a very green forest (almost 10% color change) with small patches of color on individual trees throughout the park. This week, however, weather conditions should get cooler in the evenings. The leaves will change a little more each day as the red, yellow and orange pigments become more visible. We expect peak color the last week of October. Paw Paw, Dogwood, spicebush, and Kentucky Coffeetree are all slowly changing colors. If you really want to see amazing color changes, visit our 9-hole golf course. More direct sunlight makes the trees on the golf course really pop.
Please join us for our upcoming programs.
Friday, October 11 at 10am, children will learn about Audubon Park After Dark during our “Walk on the Wild Side: Nature Programming for Children.”
October 24 at the Audubon Museum, children ages 3-7 will create their own Halloween mask 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. during the “Halloween Bash.” The Halloween Bash is $5.00 per child.
Later at 6:30 p.m. on October 24, we welcome all ages to share in Bob Park’s “Tall Tales from the Front Porch” a comedy and musical evening. This program will be held in the Audubon Museum Garden.
On October 25 we invite you to bring your lawn chairs or blanket to the Audubon Museum Garden. We will have local bands and performers from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. at the Audubon Museum Garden.
From 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. on October 25, visitors are invited to go trick-or-treating through the campground and attend an owl program from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. All of the activities on October 25 are free to the public.

Posted in ColorFall , Photos , Western Region |

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Autumn is approaching in the Cumberland Falls Region.  Dogwoods, Sweet Gum, Sourwood and Black Gum are starting to show some brilliant red color.  Tulip Trees are starting to show some change.  Many wildflowers can be seen throughout the region such as Golden Rod,  Cardinal Flower and many species of Asters and native sunflowers.

On October 10 & 11 is our Native American Harvest Moon and Trade Days Festival.  This event will focus on our Native American Hertiage. Various programs will take place throughout the weekend.  Please call 1-800-325-0063 for a schedule of activities.

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park 10/4/2014

Hello everyone! As always I enjoy the opportunity to post to Colorfall, as Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Things haven’t really kicked in to full gear yet, however some of the trees, especially Beech, are starting to show some color. Things will do nothing but get better as the Fall progresses, and I look forward to giving more reports as things start to escalate. Now is a great time to be hitting the trails, enjoying Dewey Lake, as well as just enjoying the great outdoors at any of our great State Parks located across the Commonwealth. Fall birding has been excellent, and I have been seeing some great feeder flocks of birds passing through the park. Be sure and stay tuned, things are going to get exciting!

A view of Arrowhead Point from one of our Pontoon Boats.

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region , Photos , Trails |

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Autumn is whispering her presence at Kentucky Dam Village with cool temperatures, subtle variations in leaf color and the crackle of acorns underfoot. Quiet strolls around the wooded edges and manicured lawns lead to visions of brilliant color from sassafras, northern catalpa, winged sumac, flowering dogwood, Virginia creeper, poison ivy, burning bush and blackgum.  The woods’ interior has yet to show such color but is anticipated to lift the veil in the upcoming weeks.

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Dogwoods lead the way to fall

Dogwood leaves and fruit

Dogwoods are turning at Mammoth Cave NP.

 

Dogwoods and gums are some of the trees that are the first to show their fall colors in Kentucky.  At Mammoth Cave National Park, the show has begun.

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Change is in the air at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, as morning and evening temperatures grow more and more pleasant each day. A subtle crunching underfoot, also reminds us that Autumn has officially arrived, as the Oak trees seem more than ready to greet her with a thin carpet of their leaves and acorns.

The Sassafrass, Maples, Tulip Poplar, and Sweet Gums are not yet quite so inclined. With the exception of an uninformed few, they appear to be reserving their color shows for a little later into the season. Perhaps they intend to tease us with hints of red and gold stretching into the uppermost branches before making a much bolder statement. Still, it is nice to ease into change sometimes…

http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-barkley/default.aspx

 

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Barren River Lake State Resort Park – October 1, 2014

With temperatures hanging around in the 80’s, it’s hard to believe fall has already started.  It may still feel like summer, but the fabulous colors of fall have already begun.  Normally we do not have this much color showing until the second week of October, but mother nature decided to start painting oranges and yellows early.  Barren River Lake State Resort Park is only showing about an 10% color change.  Shining sumac have already changed to fiery red and dogwoods are also just beginning to show a cast of red among there foliage.   Tulip poplars have bright yellow patches that stand out against their bright green neighbors. Even the maples got a head start on this year’s colors with some beginning to change to orange so soon.   The peak color change is expected to be around the third weekend of October.

The park has a new trail open for you to hike and check out the leaves of fall!   Peters Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile easy trail that offers partial views of the lake along one section.

Do you want to see the woods in autumn from a different perspective?  Horseback rides are still available every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm until October 31st.  Call for details or to make reservations.

The park also has some fun special events that take place in fall such as Spookout Weekend (October 17-18) and Geocaching Weekend (October 25-26).  For more information call the park at 1-800-325-0057.

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 1

A shimmering yellow-gold hickory.

Conditions have been favorable for the development of good color in recent days as northern Kentucky continues to enjoy a majority of bright, sunny days with comparatively cool evening temperatures.  However, we’ll need dipping overnight temps and rain soon in order to retain the potential for a strong fall color season.  Hickories, walnuts, and sycamores are presently displaying shades of yellow and brown as is their habit in the early season.  Assorted shades of red and orange are observed in the black gumOverall, the color change currently varies from 20-25%.

The 29th annual Salt Festival will occur at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site on the weekend of October 17-19, 2014.  The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living and skills, frontier lifeways, and Native American skills and traditions.  Browse the crafters row and find an assortment of good eats at the food court.  Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a 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, watch a flintknapper make a stone point, and discover how bison hair is spun into yarn.  While at the park, be sure to see the bison herd and visit the park’s visitor’s center and museum.

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

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park – a jump start on Fall Color

At Natural Bridge State Resort Park many trees, shrubs and vines have already started to change.  The recent sunny days and cool crisp nights will most likely produce some nice color here at the park over the next 2-3 weeks.  The most notable trees and shrubs showing early red colors include dogwood, sumac, red maple, and black gum.  Tulip tree, sugar maple, spice bush, pawpaw, black walnut, and redbud are beginning to turn yellow.  Typically, the peak of fall color at Natural Bridge is during the last two weeks of October, but this year the peak may be slightly earlier.

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

View from the Churh Shelter at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Week One ColorFall

Hints of fall color are beginning to be found in the forest at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.  Some of the most showy tree species so far are Blackgum and Sourwood, both are showing beautiful reds. Flowering Dogwood, Sassafrass, Sumac, Black Walnut, Catalpa, the Maples, and Tulip Poplar are also showing color. Most of the color is being on the edges of the forest.  The forest interior is still holding on to green. Current color change is approximately 5 to 10%. Peak fall color is expected to be mid to late October.
Fall color should be nice for Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Fall Photography Weekend October 17-19, 2014. Online registration is available at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/photography
More photos of fall color at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park can be found at http://pennyrileforest.blogspot.com/
Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park fall foliage is transforming daily into a myriad of colors. The sassafras, black gum, dogwood, and sumac are swirling spicy red and deep crimson hues across the landscape, as the walnut and tulip trees add a splash of yellow and gold here and there.  We are at about 15% full peak colors at this time, but the anticipation of cooler weather might hasten the arrival of more beautiful cornucopia of fall colors.

This would be a fantastic time to make your camping plans for our Camperama Weekend,  October 3 – 5, 2014.  The weather is cooperating nicely and what better time to camp with all the beautiful fall colors arriving.  Just get your tents /campers, grab the hotdogs and marshmallows, build a nice warm campfire and you are set!

There is fun for everyone including a host of activities such as: a nature walk, youth archery, miniature golf tournament, motorcade, basketball shoot and more!  It’s a camper’s special, camp two nights for the price of one!

For more information on this event,

contact Robert Myers  at 1-800-325-1709

or RobertA.Myers@ky.gov

For more information about the park check out our website

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Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region |

Carter Caves State Resort Park

The leaves are beginning to show color at Carter Caves. We are seeing a variety of yellows and reds coming out in Walnuts, Yellow Poplar, Dogwood and some Maples. We are approximately showing 20% color change at the moment.

Its a great time of year to come out and enjoy a hike or take a guided cave tour into X-Cave or Cascade Cave.  We are gearing up for the Haunted Trail coming up on October 10,11,17 & 18.  This weekend you can come out and enjoy the Bluegrass at the Caves event.

OCTOBER 2 – 4: Bluegrass at “The Caves” Festival & Pig Roast Carter Caves is the venue for a bluegrass music festival and pig roast being hosted by Marty Raybon and Larry Cordle. On Thursday evening Johnathan Buckner & Chosen Road, Cadillac Jack, Turning Ground and others will be performing in the campground starting at 5pm. On Friday the Mountain View, Dave Evans Scott Holstein and others will be performing in the campground starting at 3pm. Friday Admission includes a soup bean dinner. On Saturday Marty Raybon, Larry Cordle, Bo Isaac, Billie Renne, Jack Hicks, Carter Brickey and others will be performing in the pool area starting at 2pm. Saturday admission includes a pig roast. So bring your chairs, vocal cords, dancing shoes, clapping hands, and you musical instruments. The Thursday night ticket cost is $10. The two day ticket for Friday & Saturday cost is $45 or the Saturday only ticket is $45. For more info call Mick Grills 606-316-7169 or Chris Binion 606-286-1805.

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region |

Kentucky’s ColorFall 2014 Helps Public Track Leaf Changes

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Fall has arrived, and with it the 2014 edition of the ColorFall program touting peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 29th year. ColorFall features a website

that provides a variety of information about the state’s beauty at this time of year, including reports on stages of leaf changes from naturalists at parks throughout the Commonwealth.

Besides tips on timing trips to parks, forests and arboretums for peak color, ColorFall website visitors will also find listings of special fall events and an Instagram hashtag for uploading digital photos of your own fall travels. The program, including the website, runs Oct.1-Nov. 9.

Dean Henson, the park manager at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and a former naturalist, says that many variables contribute to the degree of foliage color in any given fall season.

“The greater the frequency of crisp, sunny days with no evening frost, the more brilliant our colors,” notes Henson, a popular contributor to ColorFall with his blog posts on foliage stages. “For those seasons when the fickle mix of environmental factors is just right, waiting eyes are rewarded with a beaming display of color.”

Among many fun fall events are the Governor’s Autumn Bicycle Ride across Kentucky

Oct. 2-5 and the Bourbon Chase team running race Oct. 10-11.

For more information, please contact Beth Holbrook at 502-564-4930 ext. 343 or beth.holbrook@ky.gov

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Downloadable high-resolution photos of fall foliage in Kentucky are available at www.kentuckytourism.com/media/image_library.aspx

Posted in ColorFall , Eastern Region , North Central Region , South Central Region , Western Region |

John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

Here in Western Kentucky the trees have not yet started showing their brilliant colors. We expect peak colors around the last week of October. Presently, the dogwood trees are beginning to show their red berries and leaves. If we continue with sunny days and cool, above-freezing nights, the trees should be in great shape to show a beautiful fall.
Join us for our upcoming events.
Shop several booths of handmade arts and crafts items from local and regional vendors October 4-5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Arts and Crafts Fair. Food booths, entertainment also featured. Parking is $4.00.
Have you ever wondered how nocturnal animals live? On October 10 from 10-11 a.m., bring your 3-5 yr. old child to our Walk on the Wild Side Nature program. In “Audubon Park After Dark,” we will learn what happens in nature while we sleep! Nocturnal animals have special adaptations for their nighttime fun!

Posted in ColorFall , Western Region |

Early signs of fall at Mammoth Cave National Park

Hercules club berries

Hercules club, names for its spiny trunk, is sporting bright purple berries for fall.

Posted in ColorFall , South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |