Although northeast Alabama is a special place to visit any time of the year, there is just something special about fall. The entire region comes alive with a variety of harvest festivals, beautiful scenery, theater, and good old fashioned fun when temperatures begin to drop. There is no more perfect time than fall to explore Alabama's northeast, and no more perfect reason than some of the fall happenings to plan your visit.
Down on the Farm
2013 marks the eighth annual Down on the Farm season, featuring a pumpkin patch, 6 acre corn maze, petting zoo, and Christmas tree farm. There are many fun things for the whole family to do. During pumpkin season, you can paint your own pumpkin, pick a pumpkin, and participate in spooky Halloween fun in the 30 acre pumpkin patch. The ornate corn maze has a variety of different paths for both young explorers and seasoned maze walkers alike. Children can pet and feed farm animals at the petting zoo, and they can learn about how to care for these animals. When the Christmas season arrives, families can enjoy the Christmas Village, meet Santa, and cut down their own Christmas tree.
Down on the Farm is located in Rainsville, Alabama, and is open from late September through the end of December.
Fall Color Trails
Northeast Alabama is a particularly beautiful place in the fall. The lush scenery is set aglow with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows starting in early October and going through late November. Alabama's state parks have a network of hiking trails crossing the entire north of the state so that you can take in the most breathtaking views of the fall color change. These Fall Color Trails individually feature a selection of Alabama's other natural wonders, including canyons, mountains, lakes, rivers, white water rapids, and abundant wildlife.
Thanks to several popular colleges and a close proximity to Birmingham, northeast Alabama has a thriving theater scene throughout the fall. The Birmingham Village Players are performing the saucy Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Company from November 1st through 17th. The University of Alabama in Huntsville will be performing the Arthur Miller play All My Sons from November 13th through the 24th, and the Northeast Alabama Community College theater department will be putting on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from the 16th through the 24th.