The Best Times And Places To View Fall Foliage In Kentucky

Fall is officially here, although it seems many have been ready for it for quite awhile. If you’re one of those people who already has some pumpkin spice in your life and you’re anxious to trade in all things summer for fall, then your time is coming, too! You are also likely wondering when to see fall colors in Kentucky — and don’t worry, they are coming. Thanks to the experts at the Smoky Mountains, we have a handy online tool that will help you with your fall planning and let you know when you’ll want to be sure to be out and about in our beautiful state of Kentucky this season.

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Kentucky will come to life with color this season, making it one of the best time’s of the year to explore the Bluegrass State. According to the Smoky Mountains tool, the colors will be later than normal, so relax and enjoy the leaves changing color in Kentucky. To try out this tool yourself, visit the Smoky Mountains website here.

And if you need more convincing that fall is the best season in Kentucky, check out our previous article here.

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When To See Fall Colors In Kentucky

August 28, 2019

What is there to do in Kentucky in the fall?

The better question would be: what can’t you do in Kentucky in the fall? Our beautiful state really shows off this season as our natural landscape is painted in color. Hikes, overlooks, waterfalls, and our famous rolling hills of farmland all have a fresh appeal that will have anyone hunting down a scarf and some hot apple cider. As the Kentucky fall foliage takes over, consider a visit to a farm for pumpkins or apple picking, definitely go for a hike, catch a horse race at historic Keeneland in October, hop on a scenic train ride, or simply search our site for “fall in Kentucky” for even more ideas.

Where can I see the best fall foliage in Kentucky?

If you’re wondering about the best place to see fall colors in Kentucky, there are many great options. Any of our state parks would be a wonderful place to start, as well as the hiking trails in Red River Gorge, the Big South Fork area, or even just a stroll down a tree-lined street. If you really want to see the best of the best, check out our gorgeous fall foliage road trip here.

Why should I visit Kentucky in the fall?

Kentucky is a great place to live and visit anytime of year. But during the fall, we are overcome by natural beauty, small town festivals, and autumn decor on every street corner. If you need more reasons to visit Kentucky in the fall, check out the beauty of these hiking trails that are best experienced this time of year.