The leaves are turning, it’s getting chilly, and caramel-apple and pumpkin-flavored lattes are back on the menu at coffee shops. In addition to colorful walks through Louisville parks, here are three autumn-themed things to do in the area:
On October 8th, Foxhollow Farms celebrates its 4th Annual Fall Festival from 12 to 6 p.m. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins, go on hay or pony rides, and climb around a hay castle (that is exactly what it sounds like, a castle made of hay). There will also be face-painting, mural painting, nature walks, a cake walk, live music, lots of fresh food, and “good ol’ family farm fun”. The event benefits Maryhurst, a local non-profit that provides support for abused and neglected youth. Admission is free (parking is $5 per car).
Throughout the fall, visit Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyard for apple and pumpkin-picking. The orchard offers a variety of apples, from your well-known Gala, Golden and Red Delicious to Mutzu and Stayman Winesap. A list and schedule of approximate picking dates are available online, although visitors are encouraged to call ahead to check conditions. Both apples and pumpkins are also available pre-picked.
In September and October, the corn maze in the Family Fun Park is open. Admission to the park is $6 and includes a rope, tile, and bamboo mazes, mountain slides, a “grain train” (pulled by a tractor), and a goat walk. Adults visiting Huber’s in the fall can also sample the farm’s apple spiced-wine. On Saturdays and Sundays through October, from 1-5, there will be live music provided by bands like Da Mudcats, The Old School Band, Joe Dotson and Sam Powers, and The Moodswings.
Photo courtesy of Linda Golden
Finally, on October 15th, join Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at Jefferson Memorial Forest for the Mayor’s Hike. You’ll get an introduction to the nation’s largest municipal urban forest via tours led by volunteer guides. In addition to hiking the trails, visitors will have the opportunity to canoe, climb a 52-foot-tall alpine tower, and go on hay rides. There will be free pumpkins and and pumpkin-decorating. Breakfast and lunch will be served, with a portion of the sales benefiting the park. The event begins at 10 and goes until 2.