Fall is such a mystical season. The air carries the promise of the holidays and the trees, the color of our spirits. Every season brings its own unique beauty, but to me, nothing compares to the golden and amber tones of fall’s changing leaves.
Here are a few of my favorite places to experience the leaves change in my own neck of the woods on the East Side of Wichita. Typically, fall leaves show their richest colors in the middle of October.
Whatever the season, Lakepoint is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods to walk or drive through. With sprawling lakes and trees aligning the winding sidewalks, it’s the perfect place to soak up the majestic changing leaves of fall.
Toward the entrance of the neighborhood off of Central, there is a wooded area that feels just like a forest (well, aside from the sidewalk). There are trees and brush everywhere! You forget for a moment that you’re in the middle of the city.
Ah, West Parkway. This serene street running perpendicular to Central and Douglas just has a way of lifting my mood. One-of-a-kind homes line one side of the street and the other, tall trees that canopy the quiet, rolling street.
The 17th Street Trail
This is a true treasure in Wichita. If you haven’t walked, biked or run “the trail” on 17th Street, it’s time to mark your calendar. I would recommend the portion from Rock Road to 159th. There are no sidewalks, just a weathered gravel path with tall billowing trees along both sides. It’s a sleepy trail, but friendly all the same. On a crisp fall morning with a coffee in hand, it simply can’t be beaten.
I absolutely love the charm of Woodlawn Village. It’s the kind of neighborhood that I think captures the essence of the Midwest…kids playing football in the front yard, bright sidewalks, homes with red brick and white trim, and trees with trunks that you can barely wrap your arms around. When driving through this neighborhood on a fall day, you’ll see a beautiful array of red, green, yellow and orange hues.
College Hill Park
One of Wichita’s staples, College Hill Park. The trees here are older than most anyone who pays the park a visit and they’ve got the height to prove it. The cascading hills and thoughtful arrangement of diverse trees that reside in the park give it the character Wichitans love.
(College Hill Park photos by Mollie Wetta Photography)