Department of Travel and Tourism
Kentucky's ColorFall 2013 Helps Public Track Leaf Changes

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 18, 2013  
Contact Information:  Beth Holbrook
502-564-4930 ext 343

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Fall has arrived, and with it the 2013 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 28th 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 trips 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. 23 through Oct. 31.

Dean Henson, the park manager at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and a former 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 ColorFall with his blog posts on foliage stages. “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 Governor’s Autumn Bicycle Ride across Kentucky Oct. 3-6 ( and the Bourbon Chase team running race Oct. 18-19 (

For more information, please contact Beth Holbrook at 502-564-4930 ext. 343 or

EDITOR’S NOTE: Downloadable high-resolution photos of fall foliage in Kentucky are available at

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 more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.