Searching for Fall Color?

Amanda Harper

 

October is here, and that means bright, crunchy, falling leaves! Make the most of this short window of fall splendor by getting out and seeing it all up close!

There’s plenty of autumn foliage that can be seen on foot in Lexington.

Wondering when peak color will hit? Check out the Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage Prediction Map! smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map

Historic Downtown Stroll

There’s plenty of autumn foliage that can be seen on foot in Lexington. The Gratz Park neighborhood is full of historic homes and stately trees for a truly charming afternoon walk. The Henry Clay Estate and surrounding streets, like Catalpa, offer trees laden with orange, red and yellow beauty. Castlewood Park and the beautiful Loudon House offer an artistic view with public sculptures tucked among the mature trees.

Drive On

Hop in your car, stop for coffees or cocoas and hit Kentucky’s scenic byways for some truly breathtaking fall color. Old Frankfort Pike, McCracken Pike and Pisgah Pike offer beautiful views of stunning countryside and all that fall color.

Pick Your Own Fun

Visit local orchards and vineyards and not only will you discover some truly awesome local products, but you’ll also find some spectacular views. Worried about COVID? Call and ask when their least busy times are.

Leaf Identification

Need a great educational activity to enjoy with your littles? Downtown the Google Lens app and snap photos of leaves you find. Press the leaves or cover the leaves in paint and use them to “stamp” a scrapbook page. Older kids can research more about each tree species to add to their scrapbook.

Go See Trees Fall Challenge

Another great kid-tivity! Visit lexingtonky.gov/goseetrees to find Lexington’s tree tour map. Take a selfie in at least 10 of the locations and be entered in a prize drawing! Go explore and learn about our city’s tree species!