As the cool weather takes hold of Indiana, the scenery all across the state is beginning to explode with color. Indiana Leaf Cams are in place so you can enjoy the changing season from the comfort of your own home. But, as is the case with so many things, it is worth the time and effort to get outdoors and see the beauty of our state for yourself.
Many Hoosiers recommend heading to southern Indiana this time of year and who can blame them? There’s camping and hiking at Brown County State Park. The rolling hills of Huber’s Orchard & Winery in Starlight, Ind., near Jeffersonville, (I recommend ordering the Huber chips at the Café if you go). Finding a one-of-a-kind piece of art during your early holiday shopping in quaint stores throughout Vevay, Ind. There really is so much to see, purchase and do.
But, if you are looking for a different destination this fall, I encourage you to consider driving in the opposite direction for your fill of color and the great outdoors. I spent part of my childhood in Delphi, Ind., and know first-hand how lovely northern Indiana can be in any season, especially the fall.
One of the best parts of fall in northern Indiana is the Sandhill Crane migration at the Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. Now through mid-November is the peak of the birds’ fall migration season in the state, and up to 16,000 cranes make their way through the Preserve each year. Mornings and evenings are the best times to catch the show. Go early for a spot on one of two observation towers to get a better view. Be prepared; everywhere you look, you will see cranes. The birds can be very social, squawking and dancing around the pasture. It is something that you have to see to believe.
If you prefer your nature a little quieter and peaceful, head to Winamac and Tippecanoe River State Park. Imagine floating down the river, taking in the fall foliage, on a late season canoe trip.
There’s also nearby Prophetstown State Park in Battleground, Ind., which offers a glimpse at the 1920s farm lifestyle through its partnership with Historic Prophetstown as well as hiking, biking and camping in a lush prairie setting.