Golden Pond, KY – Enjoy fall–take a drive through Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Revel in the cooler days, changing seasons, and autumn colors of your National Forest. Visitors interested in viewing fall colors can drive the public access roads that meander through LBL.
People can also hike, bike, ride on horseback, or ride ATVs on hundreds of miles of designated trails.
“Due to the extreme drought LBL and the region experienced, visitors can expect leaves to be changing several weeks earlier than normal. Fall colors should reach their peak by early to mid-October,” explained Dennis Wilson, Forester at Land Between The Lakes.
Temperature, light, and water supply triggers the natural process of leaves turning from green to a variety of colors. This also influences the degree and duration of fall color. The timing of the color changes also depends on species. Blackgums and sumacs usually turn first. Tulip poplars, sweetgums, sassafras, and maples follow soon after. Oak leaves turn last, long after other species have already shed their leaves.
Land Between The Lakes has more than 151,000 acres of forest, primarily hardwood species. Certain colors are characteristic of particular species. Blackgums, sumacs, and Virginia creepers turn bright shades of red; sassafras turns a brilliant orange; tulip poplars and hickories turn shades of yellow. Oaks turn red, brown, or russet. Maples and sweetgums display the most vibrant colors of fiery reds, yellows, and oranges.
For detailed information on the progress of autumn color displays throughout the country call the Forest Service’s Fall Foliage Hotline at 1.800.354.4595 or visit the Fall Colors website at http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/2012/index.shtml.
Visitors are encouraged to review their official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and additional LBL information, or call 800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.