The fall colours have reached their peak here in the southern portion of Lennox & Addington County. If you want to see them, you’d better get a move on… the leaves are falling fast!
I took a mid-week drive with the goal of finding a top-10 list of viewing locations for a weekend road trip. However, the colours were fantastic along the entire route, so fantastic that it was impossible to narrow it down to a measly 10 places.
My driving tour combined 4 of the 6 ‘Classic Drives’ routes [request our itineraries for the full list] that we’ve put together, plus a couple side-tracks that I couldn’t resist taking. See the map at the bottom of this post to find the exact route I took, and some ideas on where to stop to stretch your legs. Or grab a treat. Or both.
I started my tour from Conservation Park in Napanee, but you can start from anywhere. Below are some of the most scenic spots that I came across, but keep in mind that the whole tour could have been one huge panorama. I hope you can get out to see the leaves in person before the they’re gone for another year.
And here we go!
The Napanee Golf & Country Club is always beautiful, but add the fall colours into the mix and you can’t beat it! Even if you’re not a golfer it’s well worth the look.
There are plenty of colourful trees along County Road 8 to enjoy. This spot has a little bit of everything… tree line, shoreline, farm land. For your viewing pleasure, I suggest you also venture down South Shore Road. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful stretches of pavement in the whole county. It hugs the shoreline and there are some amazing views to be had.
Loyalist Parkway offers plenty of places to stop, including for apples at Wynn Farms Apple Orchard and Spring Meadow Orchards. There’s also a great view of both the fall colours and Amherst Island. Extend your tour and take the ferry over to the Island, you won’t be disappointed.
Finkle’s Shore Park In Bath is a great spot to stretch your legs. I sound like a broken record, but the view is amazing!
There’s another nice little park just east of the Parrot’s Bay Conservation Area near Bayview Drive. There is a nice view of the cove that leads into the Conservation Area. I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a G.O.A.T. cookie here that I picked up from The Lodge on my way through Bath.
After heading up County Road 6 through Odessa, I made the short trip to Wilton. Without hesitation I stopped for a bag of Wilton Cheese curds. I suggest you do the same!
You can’t take a fall colour tour in southern L&A without travelling down Maple Road. It’s an awesome stretch of road lined with… you guessed it – maple trees. Take your time and enjoy!
Switzerville Road is the only road I took that isn’t included on our driving itineraries. I couldn’t resist, the trees create a natural bridge along large portions of the road. It’s an outstanding view. My apologies, I couldn’t choose only one photo from this section so there are three below (plus the main image at the top of this blog).
Note that Switzerville Road is mainly a gravel road, and there are a number of homes along the way, so please be extra cautious when travelling.
Retrace my path!
Be sure to check out some of the rest stops added to the map!
Article Originally Published October 14, 2020