Now is the time to view Kentucky’s beautiful foliage [Attractions]

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Now is the time to view Kentucky’s beautiful foliage

Tomorrow is the first day of the autumnal equinox, marking the beginning of “FALL.” So, tomorrow may be that special morning where you rise early to welcome in the new season. These colder nights, bursting with warm, sunny days make for splendid colors.

Kentucky autumn 2.jpgTo help you find the best places in the Bluegrass State to view this miracle of nature, our state government has now posted its 2012 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and autumn events around Kentucky.

Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 27th year. ColorFall features a website (www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons) 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.

esides tips on timing visits to parks, forests and arboretums for peak color, ColorFall website visitors will also find listings of special fall events and a link to a Facebook page where you can upload digital photos of your own fall travels. The program, including the website, runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 31.

Dean Henson, Pine Mountain State Resort Park naturalist, notes that many variables contribute to the degree of foliage color in any given fall season.

Kentucky autumn 3.jpg“The greater the frequency of crisp, sunny days with no evening frost, the more brilliant our colors,” notes Henson, a popular contributor to the ColorFall website with his updates on foliage stages in southeastern Kentucky. “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 unique events of the season are the Bourbon Chase overnight relay-running event Sept. 28-29 (www.bourbonchase.com) and the Governor’s Autumn Bicycle Ride Across Kentucky Oct. 4-7 (http://gabraky.com/).

Photo credits:  Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism