Famous Foliage and Fall Attractions Make Brown County Top Travel Destination
October 7, 2014
There’s no denying it, fall is officially here. What better way to truly experience and enjoy the beauty of the season than a visit to Brown County. Known for its breathtaking fall foliage, Brown County also offers a wide variety of activities and events throughout the season guaranteed to please. From kayaking and hiking around the State Park to driving the back roads and visiting artists’ homes, Brown County is the perfect fall destination. 2014 highlights include Nashville’s “new leaves” and a new ways to see the leaves.
Just in time for fall, an unforgettable 15-foot leaf sculpture “Soaring” can be seen standing tall in front of the Visitors Center in the heart of the village of Nashville. This project, completed by Elder Heart, a Veteran organization dedicated to raising awareness for daily veteran suicides, is a depiction of "fall leaves, driven skyward by a sudden wind.” The sculpture, which captures the beautiful fall colors that surround the village, is a must see.
Not only is Nashville home to “new leaves,” but Brown County also offers several outdoor activities that provide a perfect way to get a firsthand look at the foliage. Experience new ways to see the leaves by getting outside and exploring. In addition to driving, hiking, or biking through the State Park, Brown County also offers canoe and kayak expeditions, zip lining, as well as ATV and buggy tours. Sometimes the best way to experience all that nature has to offer is just to get right out there in the middle of it.
New for 2014 are Fall Color Wilderness Kayak Tours presented by Most High Adventure Outfitters. Running from October 15 through November 7, tours travel along Middle Fork/Salt Creek and Lake Lemon into the wilderness area of the Hoosier National Forest and along the backside of Brown County State Park. Tours are approximately four to five hours in duration with both morning and afternoon options available. Experience the beauty of fall throughout the area and see local wildlife, such as bald eagles, deer, wild turkey, and muskrats, as well as learn the geographic and cultural history of the land.
“You get to see areas that nobody would get to see otherwise,” says Steve Chafin, owner of Most High Adventure Outfitters. “It’s just jaw dropping. You see miles and miles of vista instead of just a glimpse in your car at the State Park. The whole thing is just incredible.” Fall Color Kayak Tours are the perfect opportunity to be a participant, rather than just a spectator, in the fall season. Chafin calls it “a real outdoor wilderness adventure experience.”
Hill Climb Buggy Tours from eXplore Brown County are another new attraction to the area this year and provide a great opportunity to experience the fall foliage. See the leaves from behind the wheel of a 75-Hp, four-wheel drive two seat buggy. The Fall Cemetery Tour explores old stagecoach roads, pioneer home sites, an Indian campground and a graveyard dating back to the late 1800s. Tap into your adventurous side, all while still getting to check out scenic fall vistas.
In addition to the “new ways to see the leaves” in 2014, Brown County also offers several other fall activities and events. Take in the fall colors while traveling the back roads and visiting the homes of local artists on the Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour throughout the month of October. Visit one of the many pumpkin patches and farmers markets in the area and be sure to be on the lookout for local Maple trees that will later be the highlight of Brown County when it hosts the National Maple Syrup Festival in March of 2015.
Other Brown County fall attractions include Cedar Rock Haunted Trail—the longest in the Midwest, Brown County State Park Haunted Trail, the Slightly Haunted Marionette Theatre, and the ever popular Leaf Cam which can be found on the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau website (www.browncounty.com).
With so many ways to see the leaves and such a wide variety of fall activities available, a trip to Brown County this year is a must. Often mid-week travel deals are available (www.browncounty.com) and with fall school breaks right around the corner it’s a perfect time to plan a visit. But let’s face it, a trip to Brown County any time during the fall season is hard to beat.
For more information about Brown County fall events, attractions, lodging accommodations or discounts, please visit the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.browncounty.com.