The three best places in Indiana to check out fall leaves.

While it might be hard to believe, summer is almost over and fall is nearly here. And in Indiana, that means one thing: beautiful fall leaves. From shades of auburn and gold to pink and purple, Indiana has some of the most beautiful foliage you’ll find anywhere.

But where are the best places to check out nature’s fireworks show? Here are three of our favorites:

Hiking trails with fall leaves in brown county state park

Hiking trails in Brown county State park” by Kgirischandra is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Brown County State Park. With almost 16,000 acres of beautiful terrain to explore, Brown County State Park is Indiana’s largest park. It also happens to arguably be the best spot to see changing fall colors in the state, as the park is full of beautiful rolling hills with plenty of options for hiking, biking, and driving. In fact, Brown County State Park has almost 20 miles of tree-lined roads full of scenic views. And if you can’t make it down to Brown County, here’s the next best thing: the Brown County leaf cam.

If you’re headed to Brown County, you might also want to stop by Nashville, Indiana, located just a few miles away from the park. It’s a great tourist town full of restaurants and places to shop, and it’s surrounded by beautiful trees and scenic viewing points.

Parke County. Located in West Central Indiana, Parke County is usually known for its covered bridges, but it’s also a fantastic place to check out the changing fall colors. With lots of bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and restaurants, it’s an excellent place to spend a fall weekend. And the covered bridge trail—with 31 unique bridges—should keep you busy for a while.

Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge” by Nyttend [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

With all of those covered bridges, you might expect lots of rivers and creeks in Parke County—and that’s exactly what you’ll find. That makes Parke County one of the best places to check out fall colors by boat, as there are endless opportunities for adventurous canoers and kayakers.

Wabash Heritage Trail. Just north of Lafayette in Tippecanoe County, you’ll find Battle Ground, a small town that’s the starting point for the Wabash Heritage Trail. The trail is 13 miles of scenic views that extends down to Lafayette, and is a lesser-known spot where you can see some of Indiana’s most spectacular fall colors. The trail crosses the Wabash River, goes by creeks and marshes, and passes by wildlife preserves, making it a great place to explore nature in addition to fall leaves. But keep in mind that the Wabash Heritage Trail does not permit bicycles or motorized vehicles.

Downtown Battle Ground, IN

Skyline of Battle Ground, Indiana” by Huw Williams (Huwmanbeing) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Indiana has one of the most stunning fall seasons you’ll find anywhere. With so many destinations only an hour or two from Indianapolis, it’s easy to plan a fun weekend for the whole family—just make sure you check out the leaves before they’re all gone! And like usual, if you have any questions about plants or landscaping, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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