Our Region’s Natural Beauty & Ways to Take Advantage

Scarecrow Jubilee at BernheimAs the weather grows colder and Monday nights are reserved for football, there’s no doubt that fall is here. But football and sweaters aren’t the only things to get excited about. Our region has a wealth of parks and outdoor venues begging for visitors to observe the beauty of autumn. Hiking trails, photography classes, pumpkin picking—there’s no shortage of reasons for everyone to get outside and get inspired by nature.

Zoom in on Nature
The changing colors of fall are every photographer’s dream, and what better place to experience them than Rough River Dam State Resort Park? “Zoom in on Nature” is an educational photography workshop on October 13 and 14 that will feature a lecture and hands-on instruction. This course is perfect for nature lovers and a wonderful opportunity to capture the beauty of this region. Field work will allow participants to capture the scenic beauty of the park, and one photograph will be selected and displayed in the park’s lodge. While participants must furnish their own cameras, instruction tailored to one’s specific device will be provided so everyone can capture the best image possible. For more information, contact Geoffry Roberts at (270) 257-2311 or at geoffrey.roberts@ky.gov.

Scarecrow Jubilee
For the fifth year in a row, Bernheim Forest is offering a spectacular event known as the Scarecrow Jubilee from October 20 to November 15. This is a family-friendly outdoor activity designed to connect individuals with nature and inspire nature-related experiences. Everyone is invited to create a unique scarecrow to display through mid-November. Scarecrows will be eligible for first place in the categories of: Most Original, Best Relation to Theme, Funniest, People’s Choice Award. This is a fun event for people of all ages to get inspired by nature and creativity.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin
There are a number of places in southern Indiana that offer fall attractions for families and individuals alike. Deere Farms is located in Lanesville, Indiana, not far from New Albany, and features a number of awesome activities such as a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, and many more. This year Deere Farms is hosting the Nationally Recognized “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” program in association with the National Bullying Prevention Campaign. Spookley the Square Pumpkin is featured on the Disney Channel every October and will be a feature attraction at the farm. Huber’s Orchard and Winery is a well-known fall attraction for people from all over the region featuring pumpkin picking, harvest mazes, haunted hay-rides, and the vineyard for adults. Both farms are wonderful places to relax and experience the tastes, sights, and smells of fall in our region.

The Newly Re-opened Otter Creek
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County is a wonderful place to celebrate fall. Not far from Louisville, the park features adventure programs, an alpine climbing tower, disc golf course, fishing, and trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. You can also visit the Otter Creek Observatory to view the stars on a clear fall night. Otter Creek will provide ample opportunities to view the beautiful colors and experience the crisp air that defines this time of year.

Zombie Hike
Jefferson Memorial Forest is another great park that features wonderful hiking trails for people of varying abilities. The Second Annual Zombie Hike takes place on October 13 and invites zombie lovers 18 and older to participate in a hike followed by a camp fire, s’mores, and a showing of The Night of the Living Dead. If you can handle a scare, this event should be a scream! For those who are not as brave, October 20 will be the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Fall Hike hosted by Mayor Greg Fisher. Forest staff and volunteers will introduce visitors to native plant gardens and animal exhibits. There will be children’s exhibits, opportunities to climb the Alpine Tower, and a canoeing demonstration. With free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, hay rides, and BBQ, this event will be hard to pass up.

KIX has highlight just a few of the many fall-related activities our region offers. What’s your favorite fall event? Leave a comment in the box below!

image courtesy of Bernheim.org