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.
Large concentrations of hardwoods make Alabama State Parks 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:
- Old Town Walking Tour in Huntsville on Oct. 8
- National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores on Oct. 13-16
- Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport on Oct. 15-16
- Original German Sausage Festival in Elberta on Oct. 29
- Alabama Frontier Days in Wetumpka on Nov. 2-6
- Pike Road Arts and Crafts Festival in Pike Road on Nov. 5
- Cayne Syrup Makin’ Day in Beatrice on Nov. 5
- Native American Heritage Weekend in Fort Payne on Nov.18-21
- Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville on Nov.24-Dec.31
- Christmas on the River in Demopolis on Dec.1-Dec. 4
- A complete list of fall events is available at www.alabama.travel.