After being locked down for the past two years due to the global pandemic, families are eager to get out and enjoy the fall season.
And what better way to get some fresh air and capture those great views of the fall foliage than to visit local parks.
But knowing when those beautiful red and yellow fall colors peak can be trickier than you think, as several factors like rainy, windy weather and sunlight can affect color brilliance and how long families should enjoy it every season.
Deciduous trees — giant flowering plants that shed their leaves each fall — typically begin forming fall colors in mid-October, peak on Halloween, and look bare during the Thanksgiving holiday for Central and Eastern western Tennessee, according to Tennessee State Parks.
With just a few weeks left to take in those fleeting fall colors, families may be wondering what parks and greenways are nearby before time runs out.
One of these parks – Bledsoe Creek State Park – offers more than six miles of scenic hiking trails through the forest and along the lake, a campsite that attracts visitors from across the country, two boat ramps boat launch and other outdoor activities such as fishing at Old Hickory Lake, picnic facilities and more.
“It’s a beautiful park,” said Barry Young, executive director of tourism for Sumner County, noting his family’s love of the outdoors and recreational use of the park each fall.
And like so many other families who visit Bledsoe Creek State Park each fall, Bledsoe Creek State Park Superintendent Chris Thurman shares a love for the park during peak summer season. fall.
“Fall is always my favorite time,” Thurman said, noting that he and his wife tied the knot on Halloween.
And when it comes to the species responsible for such brilliant fall foliage, Thurman — as park superintendent since 2018 — shares some of his favorites that visitors can find throughout the park.
“My favorite (species) in the park will be the red and sugar maples which take on a vibrant color this time of year,” he said. “We also have dogwood trees that are taking on a good color.”
Looking to take a trip to the park?
Planning ahead could make all the difference, as more than 1.1 million people visited Sumner County in 2021, according to Arrivalist, a visitation intelligence firm, up from just over 830,000 a year. former.
And while May, June and July marked the busiest months for tourism that year, October followed closely with nearly 102,000 visitors – many of whom visited Bledsoe Creek State Park.
Hoping to beat those weekend crowds?
Plan a mid-week trip to avoid the rush of park visitors on Saturdays and Sundays.
Want to make the most of your trip?
Take part in other park activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and more.
Bledsoe Creek State Park offers family-friendly park activities year-round.
Some upcoming events at the park include Haunted Coasters on October 28 – where families can create coasters from recycled wood – Ax Throwing and a Carving Party on October 29 and a Night Hike on October 30 – where visitors can discover the park after hours and explore the effects of darkness on the human imagination.
For more information on park events, visit tnstateparks.com.
Where else can you see the leaves changing color in Sumner County?
See local parks, greenways and recreation areas below for a list of nearby outdoor spaces.
- Bledsoe Fort Historical Park
- Cages Bend Recreation Area
- Clearview Park
- Lock 4 Park
- City park
- Caldwell National Park
- Greenway Camp Station
- Sumner County Veterans Park
- Thompson Park
- Triple Creek Park
- Brooks Park
- Gateway Park
- Mansker Creek Park
- Moss Wright Park
- Park Pey
- Pleasant green park
- Avondale Recreation Area
- Drakes Creek Park
- Hendersonville Greenway
- Lock 3 Primitive Boat Launch and Recreation Area
- memorial park
- Rockland Recreation Area
- Sanders Ferry Park
- veterans park
- Arrowhead Volunteer Park
- Walton Ferry Arboretum
- PrairieBark Park
- Meadowbrook Park
- Richland Park
- Dr. Thomas F. Carter Midtown Park
- Mayor Ricky Woodard’s Community Park
- Warrior’s Bike Path
- Westmoreland Veterans Memorial
- Farris H. Bibb, Jr. Municipal Recreation Complex
- Michael L. Arnold City Park
- Rover’s Ridge Dog Park
- Greenway and White House Arboretum
- WL Anderson Sports Complex
Katie Nixon can be reached at [email protected] or (615) 517-1285.