Autumn in Ohio is absolutely stunning.
This year has been a weird one, but fall in Ohio deserves to be celebrated and I know I’m not the only one ready to get out there and explore. The weather is usually decent, the leaves put on one heck of a colorful show, and it’s just a fantastic time in general to be an Ohioan.
I know you’re itching to start planning your next adventure, so let’s dive right into it. Here are 8 can’t-miss, beautiful fall destinations to visit around the Buckeye State this season.
To be fair, there’s never a bad season to plan a visit to Brandywine Falls at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. But if you want to be completely wowed, visit during the autumn. Once the leaves start changing, the falls have an undeniably magical quality. I’m talking straight-up Rivendell vibes friends.
I know you clicked this list fully anticipating Hocking Hills State Park making the cut, and you were correct. There is nowhere more beautiful when the leaves start to change than Hocking Hills, and I’ll stand by that statement until I die. Hike around, pack a picnic, and just immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the foothills of Appalachia.
If the pastoral scenes aren’t enough to encourage you to drive to Amish Country, then the delicious food and handcrafted gifts should be. From yummy backed goods to scenic drives, a visit to Amish Country is the definition of an escape. Leave your worries here in Columbus and enjoy the ride, my friends.
Gather up your hiking gear, it’s time for an adventure. Wayne National Forest covers over a quarter-million acres of Appalachian foothills and nearly all of them are breathtaking. Once the fall colors start to pop, you’ll be able to see all of the forest’s sites in their peak. Notable stops include the lookout towers, Mill Creek, Tinker’s Cave, and Irish Run Natural Bridge.
If a scenic overlook is right up your alley, head down to Chillicothe and visit Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve. The park offers two scenic overlooks, both of which have incredible views of the surrounding areas. There’s also a natural play area for the kids and plenty of beautiful hiking throughout.
Thousands of wooded acres mean an amazing display of fall foliage at Mohican State Park. When visiting, you’ve got to stop by Clear Fork Gorge, Lyon’s Falls, and the Mohican State Scenic River. If you’d like to stay overnight, you can check out the camping accommodations through the Mohican State Park Campground.
Speaking of magical destinations, Loveland Castle is straight out of a fairytale. This remarkable property was built with stones from the nearby Little Miami River and it’s an exceptional place to visit on a crisp fall day.
We’re rounding off this list of beautiful places with the Hocking Hills Winery. Instead of hiking through the region, enjoy a delightful glass of wine and admire the beauty of the Hocking Hills from the comfort of the winery. You can order food locally or bring your own snacks to enjoy while sipping and taking in the scenery.