Fall will be here before we know it, so we’re rounding up the best places in Hancock County to spot beautiful fall foliage or take a crisp autumn stroll. With a number of beautiful parks and trails in Greenfield and the surrounding area, there’s no shortage of options to take in the changing autumn sights and sounds. Take the family or make it a day date and explore the outdoors in Hancock County this fall. [Photo credit: Memorial Park, Town of Fortville]

Pennsy Trail

Begins at CR 600W, New Palestine, IN 46163

Pennsy Trail is a 5.6-mile asphalt paved trail that runs parallel to US Route 40 (and I-70) through downtown Greenfield. Walking or biking the Pennsy Trail offers both tree-lined views and access to downtown sights and shopping. With multiple parking areas along the trail, you can easily decide whether your autumn stroll is a long or short one. Don’t miss the trail markers pointing out important spots in Hancock County history!

Riley Park

333 N Lincoln St, Greenfield, IN 46176

Known as the “feature park” of Greenfield, Riley Park has multiple paved walking areas for a fall hike, as well as open areas to play. When the splash pad and pool close down for fall, you know the hundreds of trees on this 40-acre property are getting ready to explode with the colors of fall foliage. Before it cools down too much, take in the autumn sights at Brandywine Creek where natural wildlife abounds. 

Beckenholdt Park

2770 N Franklin St, Greenfield, IN 46140

If you want to get into nature this fall, Beckenholdt Park is the spot for you. With 75 acres of land that includes two wetlands, a native prairie, a fishing pond, plus paved or unpaved trail options, there’s something for everyone at Beckenholdt. You can even bring along your furry friend for an autumn romp through the two-acre Rover’s Run Bark Park, with passes available from the Greenfield Parks Department

Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve

1926 S 600 W, New Palestine, IN 46163

Ready to get off the beaten path? Try visiting Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve in New Palestine. These mature woods offer a beginner-level unpaved loop trail featuring a number of indigenous trees, local wildlife and beautiful wildflowers. You’ll definitely get the fall leaves experience as you crunch your way through this unique nature preserve. 

Memorial Park

400 W Church St, Fortville, IN 46040

Take in fall in Fortville with a visit to Memorial Park. Meet up with friends at a shelter for an autumn picnic, play with your kiddos at the three different playgrounds, or take a walk along their numerous foot trails to see the changing leaves on the mature local trees. Rolling hillsides and natural waterways create a gorgeous atmosphere for enjoying a fall Indiana day. 

Southeastway Park

5624 S Carroll Rd, New Palestine, IN 46163

Located just inside Marion County and managed by Indianapolis Parks and Recreation, Southeastway Park is a 188-acre destination spot for families and nature lovers to spot fall foliage. Southeastway offers seasonal programming such as hayrides each fall, and a paved 2.5-mile walking trail, playground, prairie preserve, and wetland area with a pond and access to Buck Creek. 

Tuttle Orchards

5717 N 300 W, Greenfield, IN 46140

When you’re looking for all your favorite fall traditions, look no further than Tuttle Orchards. With autumn activities like apple and pumpkin picking, wagon rides, a corn maze, and a cafe and farm store delicious fall sweets and treats, Tuttle is a great place for a fun family day or date night out. Reservations will likely be required for Saturdays during the fall 2021 season as they were last year, so keep an eye out for updates on their fall activities page.