Department of Travel and Tourism
ColorFall 2012 Debuts with New Website

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 21, 2012  
Contact Information:  Karen Keown
502-564-4930 ext. 189

Fall has arrived, and with it the 2012 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and autumn events around Kentucky.

Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 27th year. ColorFall features a website ( that provides a variety of information about the state’s beauty at this time of year, including reports on stages of leaf changes from naturalists at parks throughout the Commonwealth.

Besides tips on timing visits to parks, forests and arboretums for peak color, ColorFall website visitors will also find listings of special fall events and a link to a Facebook page where you can upload digital photos of your own fall travels. The program, including the website, runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 31.

Dean Henson, Pine Mountain State Resort Park naturalist, notes that many variables contribute to the degree of foliage color in any given fall season.

“The greater the frequency of crisp, sunny days with no evening frost, the more brilliant our colors,” notes Henson, a popular contributor to the ColorFall website with his updates on foliage stages in southeastern Kentucky. “For those seasons when the fickle mix of environmental factors is just right, waiting eyes are rewarded with a beaming display of color.”

Among many unique events of the season are the Bourbon Chase overnight relay-running event Sept. 28-29 ( and the Governor’s Autumn Bicycle Ride Across Kentucky Oct. 4-7 (
ColorFall is designed to aid the public’s enjoyment and the media’s coverage of autumn in Kentucky. For more information, please contact Karen Keown at 502-564-4930 ext. 189 or email

The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of nearly $11.7 billion, supports about 170,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.