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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 winte...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 6

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 map...

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...

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!  J...

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

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&#...

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...

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...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 5

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. ...

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.

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 ...

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...

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 ̷...

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 plen...

Check out Green River valley – online

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. Vi...

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

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

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 disp...

Pin Oak Showing Off

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 ...

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 al...

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...

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 yel...

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

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 i...

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...

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 approxima...

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

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 pic...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 4 ColorFall Report

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 hav...

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...

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, an...

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 b...

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 ...

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...

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 col...

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 ...

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 valley...

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 ...

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 tree...

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...

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%.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

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 brilli...

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 t...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 3

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 ...

Trails to hike, bike or ride a horse

  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 ...

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 southea...

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 ...

Fall is slowly sneaking in to rural south central Kentucky

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 ...

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′...

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.

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...

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 ...

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 wee...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park 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 (re...

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. Jus...

Get up! Get outside!

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%.

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

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...

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 an...

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 w...

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...

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 th...

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 roadw...

Mammoth Cave colors are warming up

  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 t...

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 f...

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 eno...

Shelby County Welcome Center Oct.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 ...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 1, 2015

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 col...

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 10-2...

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 gol...

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 awa...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: Week 1

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), sassafr...

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 hal...

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...

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 ...

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 co...

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 b...

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 Appalac...

Near the Mouth of 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 ...

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, re...