Many Clevelanders are dreaming of autumn and the romantic sense of bliss that it endows our region. Some of us can’t help but notice the subtle fade of the leaves following an unforgivably hot summer day, and people like us are always ready for bonfires, hot cider, and all things spooky. Fortunately, once autumn arrives, Clevelanders are treated to some of the very best fall foliage in Ohio. Clevelanders also don’t have to drive far to experience this splendor! These gorgeous parks are all nothing short of heavenly once fall arrives:

Autumn is nearly here, and we’re starting to see signs of seasonal change across our lovely landscape. Northeast Ohio is endlessly beautiful, but these parks are among the finest. Which do you think has the best fall foliage in Ohio? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you love autumn day trips, you must visit this old-fashioned farm near Cleveland.

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What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in Ohio?

Fall colors in Ohio are absolutely out of this world. We have a myriad of colors each autumn in this brilliant state thanks to the diversity of our trees – some of them, you may notice, can boast several vivid colors in just one crown of leaves. The ideal time to observe peak fall foliage in this state is dependent upon your location. Leaves tend to change as early as late August and early September in some parts of the state, but generally, the best time to go leaf-peeping in Northern Ohio is circa the second week in October. For Lake Erie’s shoreline and Central Ohio, the third full week in October is ideal to see full color. For the southern portions of the Buckeye State, peak foliage may not arrive until late October!

Where are the best places in Ohio to see fall foliage?

If you’re wondering where to see fall colors in Ohio, you truly don’t have to look far! There are many things to do in fall in Ohio, especially around rural communities that grow their own veggies. There are many farms that boast both incredible fall foliage as well as autumnal offerings like apples and pumpkins, as is the case with Mapleside Farms in Brunswick. Just around the corner from Mapleside is another brilliant place to view fall foliage: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, which comes with its own urban legend. As you travel through Greater Cleveland, you’ll find incredible parks, cemeteries, and farm stands that play up the colors of the season.

What are the best Ohio hikes to take in the fall?

There are many incredible places to see the leaves changing color in Ohio, but some of the finest fall hikes can be found in the Cleveland Metroparks. North Chagrin Reservation has its own castle hike that is straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, and at any given reservation or park you may stumble upon a waterfall or two. Autumn is a splendid season anywhere in Ohio, and you can always find local hotspots by striking up conversations with area residents.