Fall is an amazing time of year in the Hoosier State. As the air cools down, we start digging out comfortable sweaters and favorite flannels from the depths of ours closets, ready to relax with some hot cider or pumpkin-flavored treats.
The fall colors in Indiana are truly a sight to behold. Dazzling crimsons, sparkling golds and brilliant orange paint the landscape everywhere, but there are a few notable places to visit if you really want to experience fall in Indiana this season.
5 of the Best Spots for Taking in Indiana Fall Foliage
Peak leaf times for both the northern and southern parts of the state are actually right now, from mid- to late October. So, don’t wait- pack up the car and head out for a pleasant day trip to some of these beautiful places throughout the state!
Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park continually makes the “best of” lists for viewing fall colors in Indiana. Located in Nashville, it’s the largest park in the state and offers hiking, bridle trails, and of course, amazing fall colors. Enjoy nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.
Indiana State University
It’s not a park, but Indiana State University has one of the most beautiful campuses in the state. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon walking around campus just admiring the fall foliage, or get there early and stay for a football game!
Indiana Dunes State Park
Located at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, Indiana Dunes State Park offers more than three miles of beautiful shoreline along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. Indiana Dunes consists of over 2,100 acres of primitive, beautiful and historic Hoosier landscape, and large sand dunes tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan.
McCloud Nature Park
McCloud Nature Park, located in central Indiana in Hendricks County, is a premier nature park featuring over six miles of well-marked trails and 232 acres of woods, glacial ravines, prairies and creeks. While visiting, make sure to check out the restored 101 year-old iron truss bridge.
Spring Mill State Park
Finally, Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell offers hiking and biking along a variety of trails, from easy trails for a quiet, leisurely walk to rugged trails for the more adventurous. You can also explore the story of how nature shapes our lives and the impact we have on our environment by visiting the park’s Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial or on the Twin Caves Boat Tour.
These are just a few suggestions for fully enjoying the Indiana fall foliage. Where are your favorite places to visit during the fall in Indiana?