Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is a wonderful place to see fall color this season. Currently the park and the surrounding state forest are at approximately 25% color change with the forest edges showing more colorful trees than the forest interior. We are seeing some fall color in poison ivy and Virginia creeper vines that can be seen climbing trunks of trees. Many of the blackgums and sourwoods are showing off their peak reds. Sassafras is turning shades of red and orange. Flowering dogwoods are turning shades of purple and red. Catalpa, ash, black walnut, sycamore, and the state tree, tulip poplar are beginning to turn shades of chartreuse and yellow. Winged Sumac is also turning red along the camper’s trace trail. We are predicting peak color to appear in late October.
Winged Sumac Winged Sumac is this week’s showcase plant. Winged Sumac is a small tree that is often found on the edges of open fields. At Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park it can be found on the Camper’s Trace Trail, as well behind the “caution high cliff” fence behind the lodge near the pool area. The tree shows off beautiful shades of crimson in the fall. The fruit of Winged Sumac was once used by Native Americans to make a drink that tastes similar to lemonade.
No trip to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is complete without a sighting of our resident groundhogs. They can often be seen feeding on grass and clover in our lawns, as well as occasional nibbling on flowers in our flower beds.
Fall events to look for at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park include: Photography Weekend October 18-20, 2013 and Spooky Extravaganza (aka Halloween Campout) October 25-27, 2013. For more information about events go to www.parks.ky.gov