Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Lexington, KY

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It’s that time of year again when the cooler weather makes you grab for a sweater, everything is pumpkin flavored, and the leaf peepers are out in full force. Enjoy historic charm and the colorful countryside during your stay and visit these places to see the fall foliage in Lexington, KY.

 

Take a drive

Discover the “blue, gold, red, and orange highways of Lexington by taking a self-guided driving tour through the Bluegrass countryside. Enjoy the fall colors surrounding you and rolling hills dotted with farms provide a truly picturesque scene only seen in the fall.

Bike colorful trails

Hop on a bike and ride under the colorful canopies of fall colors while also discovering the history and neighborhoods of Lexington. Venture out on the Old Frankfort Pike (an official scenic byway) or Pisgah Pike (where you can see the historic Pisgah Church). Or take in the sights on the new Legacy Trail, a 12-mile trail that runs from Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden downtown to the Kentucky Horse Park.

Henry Clay Estate

Autumn is the perfect time to take a stroll through the grounds at the Henry Clay Estate. The estate grounds are lined with hundreds of trees ranging from maple to bur oak. Don’t just admire the trees, climb up one! October 13th the estate is hosting a tree climbing competition, for those who dare!

Take a train ride

All aboard…the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad that is! Come aboard the train for a day ride out to the Kentucky Gorge River area. The scenic vistas of this landscape make this one of the best places to see fall foliage in Lexington, KY (or at least close by). Every weekend in October the Autumn Leaves train will stop off at a pumpkin patch for visitors to pick their own holiday pumpkin. Train rides every Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM and be sure to visit their website for the most up to date train schedule.

Arboretum at The University of Kentucky

As the state botanical garden of Kentucky, the Arboretum is one of the best places in town to view fall colors. Take a stroll along the 2-mile paved path called, “Walk Across Kentucky”, throughout the gardens and colorful historic trees that line the property. It is open from dawn till dusk every day of the year.

When to see the fall colors

Generally, the best time to see the fall foliage in Lexington, KY will be during mid to late October, the peak season throughout the state. Although the change of seasons can begin to be seen in early September.

Stay at Bluegrass Extended Stay

As one of the most affordable and convenient hotels in Lexington, Bluegrass Extended Stay offers nightly and extended stay rates. With comfortable rooms, convenient amenities such as an on-site laundry facility, in-room kitchenettes with a sink, and free parking you can’t go wrong!

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Browse our accommodations at Bluegrass Extended Stay and discover the beauty of fall in Kentucky during your stay with us.