Autumn in central Indiana is a delightful season. Football games, fall festivals, corn mazes, and pumpkin-flavored everything are a few highlights in the autumn season. But trees are the undisputed star of autumn. As the temperature drops and the days shorten, the leaves on the trees will begin their transformation. In weeks, they turn from lush green to brilliant yellow, fiery orange, blazing red, bronzy brown, and even majestic purple! At Ping’s, we love trees year-round, but we must admit there is a unique splendor to the woods in the fall. If you’re looking for a good place to enjoy the fall color show in the Indianapolis area, here are a few ideas.
Take A Walk in the Park
While much of Indiana is flat, there are places to enjoy more interesting landscapes. Often these interesting landscapes have been set aside as state, city, or nature parks. Some popular parks which provide access to the changing leaves include Brown County State Park and Turkey Run. However, if you’d like to stay a little closer to home, try an Indy park. As an example, the trails at Holliday Park provide a great place to enjoy the colorful autumn display on terrain that is decidedly different from the flat ground that characterizes most of the Indianapolis area. These trails are moderately easy to navigate and provide many opportunities to interact with nature. A walk from Holliday Park’s nature center will take you past wooded slopes, ravines, ponds, and eventually the White River. Holliday Park is just one of many local parks. For a list of those within Indianapolis, see the Indy Parks website.
Head Back to School
Enjoying the beauty of nature may not be the most common reason for visiting a college campus, but it’s still a good one. Many universities boast beautiful common areas for their students to enjoy. One that is easily accessible to Indianapolis residents is the Butler campus. The wooded areas around Hinkle Field House and Holcomb Observatory provide the perfect backdrop for a picnic with a view of the changing sights of the season. Keep heading north from there and you’ll run into the Central Canal, where you can continue your scenic walk. If you’re in the mood for a trip out of the city, the campuses of Indiana University and Notre Dame also provide popular autumn destinations.
Follow the Trail
A great way to take in the scenery of autumn is to do it while you walk or bike. The mild fall weather makes exercise more enjoyable and the surroundings can be a wonderful distraction. Trails throughout the city provide a place to experience nature while you get moving. Fall Creek Trail is just one example of the trails available to the color-seeker. Located on the east side of Indianapolis, this trail follows Fall Creek and loops around Fort Harrison. Find nearby trails at this website.
I hope this blog has given you some ideas for good viewing of the changing leave, but perhaps the best place to enjoy the beauty of autumn is in your own backyard! Ping’s can help you care for your trees and ensure that you can continue to enjoy them for years to come. We offer expert advice and services, including tree trimming, insect and disease management, and fertilization. If your trees are not thriving as they should be, our certified arborists can diagnose the problem and recommend necessary treatment.