Take A Beautiful Fall Foliage Road Trip To See Ohio Autumn Colors

We all know that Ohio is extra beautiful in the autumn months. This state boasts a wide variety of flora, which, in turn, means that the countryside and parks offer the best fall foliage in Ohio. There’s no better way to experience the fall foliage than via a road trip, so pack some snacks and prepare for autumnal adventure.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Grab the family (or a friend or two) and start at the destination nearest you. We’ve included a few recommendations of places to stay along the way in case you want to stop and spend the day at a destination or two. (To view the Google Map of the trip in a separate tab or window, click here.)

What do you think? Are you ready to find the best fall foliage in Ohio? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

For more fun things to do in Ohio in the fall, be sure to check out our previous articles: 10 Unique Fall Festivals In Ohio You Won’t Find Anywhere Else and Get Lost In These 10 Awesome Corn Mazes In Ohio This Fall.

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Best Fall Foliage In Ohio

August 12, 2019

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

Ohio is a vast state – with 44,825 square miles of landscape, there’s much to see and do here. The state is so vast, in fact, that peak fall foliage arrives in different regions at different times. Typically, one can find leaves changing color in Ohio as early as August or September, but peak foliage arrives in Northern Ohio circa the second week of October, in Central Ohio and along Lake Erie’s shore circa the third week in October, and leaves reach their peak display in Southern Ohio as the month of October reaches its end.

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

If you’re in search of things to do in fall in Ohio, there’s nothing that quite compares to a leaf peeping road trip! You’ll find endless beauty across The Buckeye State’s farmland, forests, and spectacular parks. Malabar Farm is downright magical in the fall and would make a splendid addition to any fall foliage road trip, and so, too, are the parks near Lake Erie’s shore. Hell Hollow Wilderness Area is spectacular place to take an autumn hike, and so, too, are small community parks. Not familiar with the community you’re in? No worries! Just grab the nearest local! They’re sure to know of the loveliest destinations in the area.

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

Fall colors in Ohio make for a magical hike. With a bit of chill in the air paired with an indescribable smoky aroma, the crunch of prematurely dropped leaves sounds like music. The entire state is dotted with lovely destinations… selecting the best hike for you is entirely dependent upon your physical demands. You can swing by Sugarcreek MetroPark for an easy hike under two miles, or you can take on adventure and start checking off your autumnal waterfall bucket list. The Cincinnati Nature Center is magical for those down south, and those up north simply must take a hike through the Holden Arboretum.