The sights and sounds of fall are upon us here in Morgan County! The fall season officially begins on September 22, and we're ready with your Morgan County Fall Bucket List, detailing loads of fun ideas for the season. One of the very best times to visit the area, fall is almost everyone's favorite - apples, pumpkins, hay rides, sweatshirt weather... what's not to love!? 

Here's a list of great things to do during fall - grab your family, your best friends or your significant other, and get started!

  1. Eat Chili...
    it's not truly fall until you've had some good chili - and the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce conveniently has that covered for you. Their 2016 Chili Cookoff and Chalk Art Contest is September 24, just in time to welcome the season!
  2. Take a hay ride...
    at Anderson Orchard, Grandpa Jeff's Trail Rides, the Fall Festival at Greendell Landscape Solutions or during scheduled special events at Jimmy Nash City Park or Pioneer Park.

  3. Pick a pumpkin...
    at the local farmers market (through Sept.), Anderson Orchard, Gregory's Orchard, during the Fall Festival at Greendell Landscape Solutions or during Pumpkins in the Park at Jimmy Nash City Park. 

  4. Roast Marshmallows...
    on a campfire at Morgan-Monroe Forest, during a campfire event at Grandpa Jeff's Trail Rides or during scheduled events at Jimmy Nash City Park or Pioneer Park

  5. Enjoy a scenic drive...
    on state highways, back roads or through the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Watching the leaves change colors throughout the seasons is one of fall's greatest joys (and may require more then one scenic drive). Don't forge to stop along the way at unexpected places!

  6. Munch on a caramel apple (with or without nuts)...
    at Anderson Orchard, Gregory's Orchard or the Martinsville Candy Kitchen.

  7. Take a walk in the leaves...
    at any area park, on forest trails or even lesser traveled sidewalks!

  8. Attend a fall festival...
    we recommend the Anderson Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Fair, the Fall Foliage Festival and of course, the Fall Festival at Greendell Landscape Solutions, but check our event calendar for even more options!

  9. Pack a picnic...
    and enjoy it outdoors with someone you love at Burkhart Creek Park or Morgan Monroe State Forest

  10. Go hiking...
    check our Trails and Parks section for a trail you've not experienced yet, or a long-time favorite.

  11. Navigate a corn maze...
    at Greendell Landscape Solutions Fall Festival. This year's maze theme is The Maurauders, and don't miss the Patch and Play area. 

  12. Browse through a craft fair...
    see our calendar of events for several to choose from, including the Old Town Park at Waverly Grand Opening and Anderson Orchard's Apple Festival and Craft Fair, both on September 24 and 25.

  13. Get creative...
    with Paintings & Potions at Greendell Landscape Solutions, a class with Atelier's Sip N' Paint or Open Painting Night at Art Beyond Crayons

  14. Relax at a local winery or brewery...
    fortunately, you can do both at the same time here in Morgan County. Cedar Creek Winery and Cedar Creek Brew Co are awaiting your visit! 

  15. Savor a piece of apple (or pumpkin) pie...
    at Gray Brothers Cafeteria, Anderson Orchard or Kathy's Cafe.

  16. Watch a scary movie...
    under the stars (it's spookier that way). Centerbrook Drive In will host October Frights, featuring double the horror movies the entire month of October!

  17. Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte...
    at JK's Cheesecake Cafe in Martinsville or Bran n' Shorts in Mooresville.

  18. Collect some colorful leaves...
    for an art project, or just for fun! See how many different colors, shapes or sizes you can find. 

  19. Go antiquing...
    check our Antiques and Shopping page to get started. 

  20. Take a bike ride...
    on the back roads or on paved trails at Pioneer Park or Burkhart Creek Park

  21. Sip on fresh apple cider...
    at Anderson OrchardGregory's Orchard or the Fall Festival at Greendell Landscape Solutions. Choose from hot, cold or frozen varieties! 

  22. Zip through the trees...
    on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line at Pioneer Park. It's a great way to get a birds-eye view of the changing leaves!

  23. Tell ghost stories...
    around a campfire, before visiting a haunted house or during a trail stop at Stepp Cemetery in Morgan-Monroe Forest

  24. Pick your own apples (or berries)...
    at Anderson Orchard. Don't forget to stop by the playground and giant straw pile on you way out. 

  25. Trick or Treat...
    on the Candy Trail at Pumpkins in the Park, at Halloween on the Square or on the Halloween Hike.

  26. Be brave...
    at the annual Hall's Haunted Halls - a scary haunted house in an old school building near Monrovia. It's open on Fridays and Saturdays, October 7 - 29.

  27. Go on a scavenger hunt...
    seek out seasonal treasures or other unique finds. Put together your own list, or use one of these from our Pinterest board. Up the fun quotient by doing a photo scavenger hunt!

  28. Enjoy a horseback ride through the woods...
    at Grandpa Jeff's Trail Rides. They also do seasonal hayrides and campfire events if you're not quite up to being in the saddle. 

  29. Eat persimmon pudding...
    at Kathy's Cafe in Morgantown. While you're there, be sure to browse through unique local stores like Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures, House of Clocks, Antiques Co-op, and Rosebud's Cellar Boutique

  30. Take pictures..
    lots and lots of pictures, to remind you of the experiences you have in Morgan County, and to share! Be sure to tag your photo posts with #thisismorganco so we can share in your fun Morgan County fall adventures!