An interactive map on the Alabama Tourism Department’s website allows visitors to see the predicted fall color change for each weekend this fall. The map, a list of recommended viewing sites and a Circle of Color driving route are all available on the state tourism website at www.alabama.travel. Alabama State Parks are some of the best places to enjoy the fall color change. Joe Wheeler has an excellent viewing spot next to the dam and near the cabin area on the Lawrence County side. Autumn scenery can be found at DeSoto State Park at Little River Canyon and DeSoto Falls. Monte Sano has views of the Tennessee Valley along the Warpath Ridge Trail and its overlook. Cheaha’s Bald Rock and Pulpit Rock trails both have excellent views. Cheaha is the highest point in the state at 2,407 feet above sea level.
With cooler days and lower humidity, autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy Alabama’s many fall festivals and events. Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department, recommends several events designed around being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful fall weather.
Outdoor events scheduled for this fall include:
· Alabama Renaissance Faire in Florence on Oct. 24-25
· National Peanut Festival in Dothan on Oct. 30-Nov. 7
· Original German Sausage Festival in Elberta on Oct. 31
· Harvest Celebration in Hoover on Oct. 31
· Alabama Frontier Days in Wetumpka on Nov. 4-8
· Pike Road Arts and Crafts Festival in Pike Road on Nov.7
· Cayne Syrup Makin’ Day in Beatirce on Nov. 7
· National Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham on Nov. 11
For a complete list of fall events see the Calendar of Events at www.alabama.travel. For more information on Fall Colors in Alabama and to see the interactive map go to http://www.alabama.travel/activities/tours-and-trails/fall-color-trail/.