Fall Foliage in…Florida?!

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.

Torreya State Park Fall Foliage
Torreya State Park – from floridastateparks.org

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!!!

Canoe Florida Fall Foliage
photo via Flickr user LOLren

Where are your favorite places to see Fall Foliage? Let us know in the comments!

47 thoughts on “Fall Foliage in…Florida?!”

  1. Living in New England where the fall foliage is the best in the entire country, I totally forget about people in the south that don’t get to see how beautiful it is in person.

    1. We haven’t been to New England in the fall. Hopefully one year we can make a trip up there to see the fall colors!

  2. Vermont is my favorite place to see fall foliage, but that’s not going to happen this year. Ohio (where I live) isn’t too shabby though and I love going to the Cincinnati nature center this time of year. It’s gorgeous.

    1. We don’t mind missing out on the fall colors like they have up north because we don’t have to deal with the winters down here 🙂

    1. Lake Geneva is so beautiful. We used to go there all the time when we were in Chicago. What a great place to get married!

  3. It was really beautiful where I lived in the UK. I was near the countryside and the leaves were so vibrantly colorful. Loved the crisp cool air, too.

    Thanks for sharing your photos!

  4. I love the colours of the changing seasons. In Australia, we don’t really get this. Most of our trees keep their leaves all year round and so we don’t get the mass change of colour happening. the exceptions are in towns where they have planted trees from the northern hemisphere.

    1. Very interesting! You see the best fall colors in the Northeastern part of the States. But we do get it just a little bit here in Florida too 🙂

  5. I’m from Charleston, South Carolina, so we don’t get much of that fall foliage either! I love heading to the North Carolina mountains to get my fall fix since it’s only 3 hours away. I’m also going to have to try your tip about seeing the leaves from a canoe!

    1. Oh we just loved Charleston so much. What a great city! I bet North Carolina is a great place to see fall foliage. Hope to see some pictures! 😀

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