Having grown up in gorgeous Northern Kentucky, I have to tell you that Fall is one of my favorite times of the year in our area. I’m not sure if I love the smell in the air or the colors more. There is something to be said for the smell of falling leaves. Also, the crunch of leaves under bare feet is pretty cool too.
There are some great places in the 859 (or NKY for others) to see the colors of fall. Here are a few of the secret places you might want to check out:
Latonia? LA? Covington’s south side? Yep, that’s right…you want a great place to see a face full of fall foliage? Take yourself down to 43rd St. in Latonia just outside of the entrance to Twin Oaks Golf Course. Look across the course, over the Licking River into Campbell County. Right there on the hill just south of Southgate, KY and west of Ft. Thomas in Wilder, KY you will find John’s Hill Rd. As you drive up John’s Hill Rd., you can enjoy it a little, but nothing like taking it all in from Latonia.
Devou Park in Covington, KY
The establishment of Devou Park can be traced back to the year 1910 when William P. and Charles P. Devou donated 500 acres of property to the City of Covington for park purposes. Little did Bill or Chuck know the view that they were ultimately promoting in honor of the their parents, William P. and Sarah Ogden Devou. When you stand near Drees Pavilion, on the northern tip of Devou Park you overlook all things Fall in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Once you have sufficiently inhaled, take a drive down from through West Covington to Wallace Woods to take in a bit of the city’s history.
A full frolic of fall colors would not be complete without a tour of Campbell County, KY. Start where you wish – Ft. Thomas, Southgate, Alexandria, Cold Spring or California…there is practically no bad view. Whether you are on 27 or the AA, you’ll find plenty of colors to distract your eyes. However, there is more reason than the colors you see in Campbell County; there are also the colors you taste…Red, White, Blush…
Before Napa Valley became known as America’s wine capital, there was Campbell County, KY. During the late-Nineteenth Century, this region produced approximately one-third of the national wine output and its share was 40% of Kentucky’s wine production. Modern wine-producers have reinvigorated the industry here. The County’s rolling topography, proximity to water, and good climate make for ideal conditions. Additionally, Campbell County maintains an abundance of farmland that produces locally-grown food, and as the northern gateway to Kentucky’s bluegrass country, it provides thousands of acres for horses, horse-riding and, at the risk of being repetitive, Fall colors.
Beautiful Boone County
Start at the Boone County Arboretum and you won’t be disappointed. Make your way to Boone County Cliffs State Nature Preserve situated along a tributary to Middle Creek. It boasts rich flora, fauna and unique geological features. The preserve derives its name from the 20- to 40-foot conglomerate “cliffs” that rise above the valley slopes.
Wherever you end up taking in the colors of Northern Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati, we are certain you will agree with it is a privilege to live here at this time of year.