Scenic Fall Drives in Kentucky
Top 5 Stunning Scenic Drives

The weather is starting to change. The heat of summer is giving way to cool evenings and crisp mornings.

Across the state, leaves are starting to show crimson edges.

One of the most beautiful times of the year in Kentucky is upon us.

Now is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway and enjoy a natural festival of colors. With over 12 million acres of forest, You won't find a better place to watch the vivid colors of autumn on full display.

Fall in Kentucky is something you won't want to miss.

Kentucky is home to dozens of scenic drives that offer stunning views right from the window of your car. 

Going on a scenic drive is top on the list of safe and relaxing fall activities.


Made up of multiple districts, Daniel Boone National Forest in a massive 1.2 million acres in size. Due to its size, it has hundreds of roads that criss-cross the forested land and rolling hills. In fall, these hills are decorated in the colors of autumn. While you're here, don't miss out on the opportunity to take a hike on one of the many trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest. No matter what part of the forest you visit, you'll find yourself surrounded in the beautiful colors of fall.
You'll need a lot more than a few hours to explore all this forest has to offer. Stay at Farm House Inn or Snug Hollow Inn Bed and Breakfast.


As its name suggests, Red River Gorge was formed as the Red River carved through sandstone, forming a gorge. The Red River Gorge area is 29,000 acres in size and offers unique geological features, including over 150 sandstone arches. In addition to the geological uniqueness, the fall brings out bright colors and makes already-beautiful panoramic views unforgettable. Take full advantage of the great views by traveling along the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway.


Traveling along the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway will acquaint you with the natural beauty of Kentucky. Passing through parts of the Daniel Boone National Forest, travelers will see hills, rocks formations, caves, streams, and more as they drive along this historic and culturally significant route. Get to know Kentucky in the fall!
Stay at Harmony House or Wendover Bed & Breakfast and transform your trip into a relaxing getaway.


Enjoy the brilliant foliage of autumn along the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway. This road passes easily through the rolling terrain of the area and offers plenty of places to stop and stretch your legs. Look out for the local Elk and Bison on their 700-acre reserve. The byway spans 43 miles and can be accessed from the south on Highway 79 near Dover, TN and from the North on Interstate 24 near Grand Rivers, KY. Both sides of this byway are covered by vast forests and historical landmarks. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the fall. Here's a map to get started.
Why not make a weekend of it? Stay at Maple Hill Bed and Breakfast after your drive!

Don't forget the map.


For those looking for a unique fall experience, Big Fork Scenic Railway might be just the ticket. The Big South Fork Railway was an important route for the logging and coal industries. Though no longer in use, you'll get a taste of the life led by early Kentuckians. You'll enjoy a leisurely train ride (a mine tour and lunch, if you'd like) in this 3-hour experience. The train cars are open-air (heated in the winter), so you can inhale the fresh forest air and smell the earthy scent of the woods as you travel along, amazed by the sights and sounds of autumn.

You can learn more about this historic route and purchase tickets on their website. Check out the video below for a sneak peak of the railway tour!