Take This Gorgeous Fall Foliage Road Trip To See Kentucky Like Never Before
Road trips through Kentucky are always going to be scenic, especially in the autumn when the colors are changing. It can be hard to pick a route since there is so much to see in the Bluegrass State, but try this 521-mile road trip across Kentucky. It should take roughly 12 hours and 40 minutes without stopping, but you’re definitely going to want to pull over and take in your surroundings for a few hours, or even days! Take your time with this one to soak it all in as you visit the best fall foliage in Kentucky. Check out the map below, or click here to adjust it.
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The great thing about Kentucky is that you could modify this route however you like, and you’re still going to see some of the best fall foliage in Kentucky, while also experiencing the Bluegrass State. This road trip allows you to see the autumn season in the wide variety of landscapes Kentucky has to offer— bustling cities, horse country, mountains, forests, and lakes. What other stops in Kentucky could be added to this road trip?
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Best Fall Foliage In Kentucky
August 13, 2019
What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in Kentucky?
There is truly nothing like the brilliant fall colors in Kentucky, especially when they are at their peak. Our state may not be massive, but there are many landscapes throughout, so the colors change at slightly different times in different parts of Kentucky. It starts in Northern Kentucky and heads south/east, but peak fall foliage for most of the state typically happens in late October. Of course the weather can have a lot to do with this, so keep an eye on maps and predictions so you have a better idea as Mother Nature plays her role.
Where are the best places in Kentucky to see fall foliage?
If you are wondering where to see fall colors in Kentucky, you’ll want to start with the list of places on the road trip, featured above. In addition to those, any of the Kentucky State Parks are ideal for hiking, fishing, and camping this time of year. We also love Bernheim Arboretum, the scenic trails of Pine Mountain, and the entire Big South Fork Scenic Area.
What are the best Kentucky hikes to take in the fall?
Hiking in the fall in Kentucky seems just about perfect. You are treated to cooler air, fewer bugs, and a colorful landscape that feels like you’re walking through a painting. Kentucky has countless hiking trails that would be wonderful to take in the fall. Again visit the Kentucky State Parks for some of the best, but also Red River Gorge, and the 7 fall hikes featured in our previous article here.
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. I have lived elsewhere twice, but keep coming back. I'm a video editor and freelance writer who enjoys watching people wearing University of Louisville uniforms excel at sports, scaling the faces of large rocks, and hanging out with my border collie/laborador/cattle dog mutt thingy that I have.
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