FRANKFORT — Fall has arrived and with it the 2013 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and autumn events around Kentucky.
ColorFall features a website — Kentuckytourism.com/seasons — 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 fall events and a link to a Facebook page where Kentuckians can upload digital photos of their fall travels. The program, including the website, runs through Oct. 31.
Many variables contribute to the degree of foliage color in any given fall season, said Dean Henson, the park manager at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and a former naturalist.
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"The greater the frequency of crisp, sunny days with no evening frost, the more brilliant our colors," said Henson, a 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 events of the season are the Governor's Autumn Bicycle Ride across Kentucky Oct. 3-6 (Gabraky.com) and the Bourbon Chase team running race Oct. 18-19 (Bourbonchase.com).
Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is in its 28th year.