The leaves are changing colors a little earlier this year, meaning the trees will show their peak colors the first two weeks of October, but should remain colorful all month. It setting up to be a beautiful autumn South of Indy.
There’s no better way to enjoy the season than a fall drive through southern Johnson County, which is between Indy and Brown County. Autumn South of Indy is truly a sight to behold.
My favorites nature spots are Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, Johnson County Park, and Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow.
I also love the fall traditions in the area, like heading to The Apple Works at this time of year for apples, apple dumplings, apple cider and apple concerts. OK, the concerts aren’t apple-themed; it’s just enjoyable music each weekend. There’s also animals for the kids to see and lots of other fun.
Whiteland Orchard, like The Apple Works, is a great spot for apples and (is it too early to be thinking about these?) pumpkins.
Another must-do activity for me each fall is to head out to to Kelsay Farms for an always-great corn maze, straw bale mountain, barn full of corn to goof around in, and more.
This is also a great time to head out to Mallow Run Winery and enjoy some wine and cider tasting on a crisp autumn day. And if you missed their picnic concert series, which runs from late May to late September, be sure to mark it on your calendar for next summer.
Use coupons to save money at Kelsay Farms and Mallow Run.
Be sure to head into downtown Franklin for some outdoor dining at The Willard or the many other restaurants with outdoor dining during these last warm days, or sample flights at some of the area’s craft brewpubs.
Make a weekend of it by staying at at a B&B or one of the other lodging options in the area.
Looking for more fall fun? Check out Indiana’s Fall Fun Guide.