Fall Foliage in Florida?!
We are starting to feel cooler breezes reminiscent of fall. Of course, this is Florida so that means a drop in humidity…not temperature! Obviously Florida is not the first place that comes to mind when you think Fall Foliage. When living in Chicago, Fall Foliage meant a weekend trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to see the beautiful leaves turning colors and hiking around the lake for the final time before winter. Living in Florida, the colors are subdued but there is foliage nonetheless changing into muted hues of yellow, orange and red. Fall colors can be seen on such trees as Cypress, Red Maple and Sorrel trees among others. Since the evenings do not cool off until well into October/November, the leaves tend to change colors here sporadically and not until long after northern leaf changes have peaked.
The Traveling Gals Tip: Try something new and view foliage while canoeing!
The panhandle and northern Florida are the best for viewing in places like Torreya State Park. This is a wonderful place for hiking, fishing, etc. and you can even spend the night camping or rent a yurt! The stretch along I-75 north of Tampa is surprising hilly and can display a multitude of color, at least by Florida’s measures. The I-10 corridor through the panhandle can some deeper hued color changes especially in the most northernmost part of the state. Although Florida is not a conventional choice for Fall Foliage, it is a wonderful time of year in the Sunshine State to get out and experience nature. If that is not enough for you…you can always travel!!!
Where are your favorite places to see Fall Foliage? Let us know in the comments!