Louisville's Fall Foliage
This morning while I was sitting on my front porch, cup of coffee in hand, my robe still on, and the cool fall morning breeze on my face, I was wracking my brain thinking about what I wanted to write for today’s blog. Admittedly still half asleep from my long night the night before, I found myself getting lost in the sunrise reflecting on the large golden leaves of the tree in my front yard. They were green only yesterday. I continued to study the neighborhood only to realize that all the trees are changing. Reds, oranges, and yellows are taking over the street, and I am stunned that I am just realizing that Autumn is here.
The past few mornings and evenings I have been living on my front porch. Coffee in the morning is a time to gather my thoughts, say hello to the neighbors and guarantee a nice beginning to my day. Last night I brought a blanket, book, and bottle of wine to accompany be in my big comfy chair and sat by candlelight for hours, reading in the crisp Autumn air. This time of year when the weather is changing from hot to cold, the first leaves are floating off the trees, and that distinct smell of the impending chilly months is tickling my nose, I cant help but think it is truly magical.
If you don’t have a front porch to admire this time of year, don’t worry, there are plenty of places in Louisville, and a few places a little further away, that are great places to get out and enjoy the Fall colors and weather.
Right here in Louisville’s East End is historic Locust Grove. Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark established in 1790, and was home to the founder of Louisville, George Rogers Clark. The Georgian Mansion on Locust Grove’s campus has been beautifully restored and is available for tours. Locust Grove Locust Grove offers 55 acres of grounds to explore, hosts events, public and private, and attracts visitors year round. Fall at Locust Grove is an especially great time to visit because the Fall foliage is breathtaking.
One of my favorite places in town to watch the leaves change is Cherokee Park. You can go for a drive, walk, bike, or run around the 2.4mile scenic loop and admire all the different varieties of trees going through their various shades throughout the season. Cherokee Park also has 389 acres of public land and a golf course where you can take in your surroundings while playing a round.
There are some day trips a little outside the city of Louisville that are great for admiring the Fall foliage. The Kentucky Horse Park just outside of Lexington is comprised of 1224 acres of Kentucky bluegrass. A peaceful atmosphere, the Kentucky Horse Park is home to over 100 horses and is set on rolling hills and is beautifully landscaped.
Bernheim Forest is located about 25 miles South of Downtown Louisville and offers all sorts of outdoor activities for admiring the Fall colors. With an arboretum, hiking trails, picnic areas, special events, and so much more, Bernheim Forest offers many unique ways to take in the Autumn beauty. These are just a few of the great places you can experience the beauty that the Autumn months naturally create every year. I suggest taking it in every day, and making a special trip at least once this season to admire the weather; it is truly a special time.