October in Kentucky brings a fiery display of leaves that sit on top of one of the richest varieties of woody species in North America. In autumn the Bluegrass explodes with the brilliant canary of basswood and tulip poplars, the orange of sassafras, the strange reds of burning bush, the purplish-brown of oaks, and the multicolored presentations of sweetgums.
One spectacular tour starts near Slade and meanders through the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Another route follows SR 595 from Berea to Bighill, where you can hike to the “Pinnacle,” the highest point in the area.
Or take your map and set your own course through the colors of Kentucky.