If you are looking to get outside and have some fun this autumn, check out the great leaf-viewing opportunities, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches this fall south of Indy in Festival Country Indiana.
Start your adventure at the Festival Country Indiana Visitor Center in downtown Franklin, which will be the starting point for a series of haunted walking tours in October.
Festival Country is home to three awesome corn mazes. The Mike Kaiser Poor Farm Haunted Corn Maze in Franklin is an experience, with fog, strobe lights and scares. The farm is open every Friday and Saturday night in October, weather permitting. The non-fright hours are dusk to dark, while the fright experience is available dark to 11:30 p.m.
Another great maze is at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland. This farm offers a complete fall experience a straw bale mountain that the kids love to climb, a corn maze, kiddie train rides, a baby barnyard, hayrides, pumpkins and a barn full of corn grain to roll around in. The farm is open Sept. 25 to Oct. 25.
Also, enjoy the Harvest Adventures Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Dougherty Family Farms in Franklin. In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, there’s a free petting zoo and games for the kids. It’s open daily from late September to the end of October.
Another spot for fall fun is Waterman’s Family Farm in Greenwood, where their Fall Harvest Festival is Tuesday through Sunday from late September through the end of October. They offer hayrides, miniature train rides, farm animals, a pumpkin patch and more.
I also love heading to The Apple Works in Trafalgar for fresh-off-the-tree apples, as well as apple dumplings, caramel apples, apple pie, pumpkins pie and pumpkin bread. This orchard is also home to concerts each weekend in September and October. Add in a U-pick pumpkin patch and kid’s attractions like a super slide and a bamboo maze, and it all adds up to a good time. Whiteland Orchard, like The Apple Works, is a great spot for apples and pumpkins.
There’s no better way to enjoy the season than a drive in fall south of Indy, which is between Indy and Brown County. Check out this fall drive put together by locals who know Festival Country.
The leaves usually start changing color in late September, are at peak color from mid-October to mid-November.
If you want to get out of the car and enjoy the colors in a more active way, enjoy a nature walk at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, Johnson County Park, and Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow. I also enjoy kayaking at Blue’s Canoe Livery in Edinburgh, which, in the fall, usually stays open on weekends through September, but call or check their Facebook page.
This is also the perfect time to head out to Mallow Run Winery and enjoy some wine and cider on a crisp autumn day. Festival Country is also home to a thriving craft brew scene. The wineries and brewpubs can be found here.
Finally, Festival Country Indiana earned its name by being the place for festivals and events, so check out the many great fall events. Enjoy a fall weekend getaway by staying at a B&B or hotel in Festival Country.