Fall color close to home: Why go to Brown County? Enjoy leaves around here

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Driving through Franklin’s downtown neighborhoods, local residents are treated to an annual nature-based art show.

Dogwoods have morphed to a deep crimson. Red maples radiate fiery orange layered on reds and yellows. Hickory, tulip and beech trees dropped their leaves in a flurry of gold.

While Brown County has the reputation for flashier fall colors and breathtaking scenic views, Johnson County has plenty for leaf-peepers to take in. From the twisting turns of Prince’s Lakes to splashy stands of trees between rolling farm fields in Rocklane, residents have had their share of scenery to take in.

Though the peak may be past, a few final holdouts still give people a burst of color on this last weekend of October.

“We’ve had some really brilliant fall color throughout Indiana this year, and that goes along with what we’ve seen in other drought years. Despite the stress on those trees, the foliage tends to really perform well during those years,” said Lenny Farlee, hardwood forestry specialist for Purdue Extension.

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