A final photogenic farewell to fall

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The spooky season quickly faded into the height of autumn, and the beautiful changing leaves are barely hanging on.

Here are a few examples of places to check out the remaining red and gold hues before they’re gone. Even if they’re not hanging from the trees anymore, observing how they color the landscape after they’ve left their branches is worth the year-long wait. 

Golden hues are in full bloom on the trees of downtown Covington. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky

Boone County:

In October, the Boone County Fair Grounds featured a jack-o-lantern walk. While the pumpkins have left the building, the grounds are still a serene destination for family fun and fall colors. 

Middle Creek Park has a variety of trails across 230 acres worth a stroll to take in the crisp fall air and enjoy the beauty of the wooded areas and wildflowers.

South Fork Park has a creek and paved walking trails to cater to any type of leaf-gazer. One may even run into some wildlife along the trail; keep an eye open for the granite animals installed among the park’s pathways.

A statue stands in shadow over a leaf-covered ground on the Covington riverfront. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky

Campbell County:

Robert J. Barth Lake Park offers a 3.7-acre lake smack dab in the middle of the park, offering a reflective surface to get double the view of the trees bursting with color.

Perhaps you prefer to be ON the water rather than walk around it? At Thaxton’s Canoe Trail you can rent a canoe and paddle your way to a 360-degree view of the fall colors around you in full display.

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If just wandering around and looking at dying leaves isn’t your thing but you still want to get out and enjoy one of the last days of October, check out AJ Jolly Park. Offering hiking, picnic spots, a 200-acre fishing lake, disc golf, horse trails, and the popular scaled-down version of tennis: pickleball.

At dusk, a streetlamp illuminates the flame-like leaves of a tree still hanging on. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky

Kenton County:

Since you’re out looking for a good view of the turning leaves, why not take in breathtaking vantage points of Covington from Devou Park? The park offers 700 acres of lakes, fishing, trails, and bike rentals to provide a jam-packed day of activities and nature. It’s a destination for many families on the uncharacteristically warm autumn days the region has enjoyed lately. 

Not the “outdoorsy” type but still want to see the leaves in person? Plop down next to James Bradley on the bench overlooking the Ohio River and bask in the canopy the trees overhead create at George Rogers Clark Park. No hiking required.

If the multicolored display around you has already blown away, perhaps the pictures below can offer a glimpse into the beauty we can anticipate in another 365 days.

A look to the sky is blocked by a canopy of fall colors. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky

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