6 Incredible Places to See Kentucky Fall Foliage

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One of the best ways to views Kentucky fall foliage is on the water. Fall Kentucky boating gives you the splendor of the leaves as well as the beautiful crystal clear water of Lake Cumberland.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree…”

~ Emily Bronte

Fall to some is considered the most magical season of the year and thousands of visitors flock to rent cabins and cottages on Lake Cumberland to experience the glory of the Kentucky fall foliage in its grandeur.  In southern Kentucky, the leaves unfurl their colors around the end of October through the beginning of November.  Of course the timing of Kentucky fall foliage depends on the weather.   The conditions that make for spectacular autumn color displays are a moist growing season followed by a dry autumn having warm, sunny days and cool.

Enjoy!  We have compiled some great places to view and get photos of the beautiful southern Kentucky fall foliage…

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park:  This is the #1 state resort park and understandably so with the panoramic views of Lake Cumberland and surrounding vibrant woods.  This state park is beautiful all year round, but it will take your breath away in the fall!  The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has something for everyone – a year round campground that shows off Kentucky’s fall splendor, newly Lake Cumberland cabin and cottage rentals as well as luxurious lodge hotel rooms with spectacular patio views of the lake and surrounding woods.  Call 270-343-3111 for more information.

The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has sweeping views of Lake Cumberland and the perfect spot to see the glory of fall leaves

Baugh Branch Hiking Trail:  This is a 1.6 mile hiking trail at the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park that allows you to up close and personal with Kentucky’s fall foliage!  This wonderful trail takes you to the Lake Cumberland Overlook for an even more spectacular view.  While you’re out hiking, don’t miss the 4 mile Lake Bluff Hiking Trail too where you’ll encounter sweeping lake views made even more splendid when surrounded by the gold, red and rusty beauty of Kentucky’s fall foliage.  For more information on Hiking Trails at the Lake Cumberland State Park, Click Here, or call 270-343-3111.

Family fun on the hiking trails at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Experience Fall’s Splendor from a Lake Cumberland Houseboat:   Lake Cumberland houseboat rental is unparalleled in the U.S., and the perfect way to experience Kentucky’s fall magnificence.  One of the things that makes Lake Cumberland boating special are the number of coves available for all day or overnight tie up.  Lake Cumberland is one of the largest lakes in the U.S., with over 1,200 miles of shoreline… and that shoreline explodes with color every fall.  Houseboat rental in the fall on Lake Cumberland gives you the beauty of our crystal clear water and the shoreline wraps you with an autumn kiss.  For information about Houseboat Rental on Lake Cumberland, visit:

STATE DOCK MARINA  or Jamestown Resort & Marina

Fall beauty of Lake Cumberland and fall boating on Lake Cumberland

Take a Backroad:  Let the magic begin as you set out and explore the backroads of Jamestown and Russell Springs.  You can encounter waterfalls, spectacular farmlands all set off by the glorious fall hues.

The backroads of Kentucky are the perfect way to see the beautiful colors of Kentucky's fall foliage

The Overlook at Wolf Creek Dam:  One of the largest dams in the country, the Wolf Creek Dam Overlook is a great spot to get a panoramic view of Kentucky fall foliage along the Cumberland River.  The dam is located by the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown, Kentucky.

Bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy a fall float down the beautiful Cumberland River.

Immerse Yourself in Fall & Go Camping:  The smell of the campfire, s’mores, fall hikes and of course the beauty of the fall colors make autumn a favorite season for camping.  Not only are you surrounded by the beauty of nature, it is the perfect way to reconnect with family and friends.  For a full list of Lake Cumberland campgrounds, request a Lake Cumberland Visitor Guide and Lake Map Here.

Lake Cumberland campground