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John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, KY

We’ve reached our fall color peak at John James Audubon State Park. It is a perfect time to get out on the trails. Catch the fall colors before the winds blow them all down. 1.5 more months unti...

Peak color at Mammoth Cave National Park

  This is it!  Peak fall color at Mammoth Cave this week.  Maples, hickories, oaks, sumac and sassafras are showy and bright, especially in the early morning or late afternoon light. Come enjoy y...

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

With our forests at about 75% peak, the Park is a cornucopia of color. Immediately following daybreak, flocks of American White Pelicans offer a striking contrast against the multicolored tree line an...

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

It seems rather fitting to showcase some of the classic poets rendition of fall.  They seem to be able to put the season into words that remains difficult for many of us.  Here’s hoping you enjoy the ...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

The forest is a glow with color at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Although some of the early fall color is gone, many of the oaks are just beginning to change. The most noteworthy color is the be...

View wildlife at Mammoth Cave National Park

    A late afternoon drive through Mammoth Cave National Park gives visitors an easy view of deer, and usually turkey, too.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

The Cumberland Falls area is a little past peak, but there is still great color to enjoy.  The Hickories are a wonderful golden color.  Maples are still showing some brilliant red and orange color.  S...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 29

Northern Kentucky is now on the tail-end of a bittersweet peak of color.  Even though many trees are now barren of leaves, those that are participating in the color display are doing so spectacularly....

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, Basswo...

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park October 23, 2014

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 R...

Fall’s bounty

  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...

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 o...

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 y...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

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 ...

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 gr...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 22

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 occur...

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 ar...

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 cha...

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park- October 19th, 2014

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 … Contin...

Mammoth Cave oaks are rusty

  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 rus...

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 gro...

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 ...

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,...

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. Ev...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 15

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, hick...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

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-...

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 comm...

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 a...

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, yell...

Preview color via Mammoth Cave’s webcam

  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. D...

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 ...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 9

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 wee...

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...

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 ...

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 surroun...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

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 ...

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%...

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 see...

John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

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 evening...

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 w...

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, es...

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 manicur...

Dogwoods lead the way to fall

  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.

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 official...

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 hav...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – October 1

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.  ...

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 ...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

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 red...

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 th...

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% colo...

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 pub...

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 ...

Early signs of fall at Mammoth Cave National Park