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Top 10 Ways to View Ohio’s Fall Foliage

Beaver Creek, OH

Beaver Creek, OH

With Ohio's peak fall foliage season nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to plan an Ohio getaway that offers a new perspective on how to view the blazing reds, yellows and oranges throughout the state. Whether you are interested in exhilarating outdoor activities or are looking for a bird's-eye view of the landscape, Ohio has a number of ways to enjoy the fall foliage season. For additional ideas and getaways created to maximize Ohio's fall foliage and to view the latest fall color report, we encourage travelers to check and click on the Autumn Adventures icon. Ohio's fall season truly is too much fun for just one day!

  1. Ride the rails through it. Traveling through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad features vintage engines and coaches built in the 1940s and 1950s. Round-trip excursions take visitors to Peninsula, Hale Farm and Village, Quaker Square and Akron's North side and offer some of the most stunning fall foliage sights in the state on a relaxing train ride. While the park is located near Cleveland, Akron and Canton, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is worlds away. The 33,000 acres of diverse landscape include sandstone ledges, 70 waterfalls (most notably the 60-foot-tall Brandywine Falls), rolling hills and river gorges that can be viewed from 186 miles of trails. Peak fall foliage views: Late September/early October.
  2. Rise above it. For a truly breathtaking view of Ohio's fall foliage, consider getting a birds-eye view with a hot air balloon ride. There are numerous options geographically to start off your adventure. Prices for hot air balloon rides range anywhere from $320 - $500 for two people. After an exhilarating balloon ride, stay grounded at a local restaurant and share stories of this high-flying experience. Peak fall foliage views: Depending on geographic region, late September through late October.
  3. Segway into it. What better way to combine technology with the outdoors than to embark on a journey through Mother Nature's territory on a guided Segway tour? Firefly Hollow Segway Tours in Little Hocking (SE Ohio) offers fantastic eco-friendly opportunities to navigate the outdoor landscape for anyone, even those with physical limitations. Along 3.5 miles of terrain, visitors travel deep into the woods, up and down hills, enjoying the finest in fall foliage. Be sure to bring binoculars, as the tour educates visitors on the area's birding population and provides tips on how to spot birds. Peak fall foliage views: Late October.
  4. Fly through it. Ohio offers two unbelievable ziplining adventures with two different experiences. In Oregonia (SW Ohio), Ozone Zipline Adventures takes thrill seekers above the Little Miami River Valley canopy on seven sky bridges spanning two miles. Among the reds, oranges and yellows, see 500 million-year-old fossils and 2,000-year-old Native American earthworks in the valley on this educational ride. In Rockbridge (SE Ohio), the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours takes riders on a faster zipline where views of the Hocking River and rock cliffs provide a breathtaking backdrop for the area's natural flora and fauna. Peak fall foliage views: Late October.
  5. Float past it. No visit to Historic Roscoe Village is complete without a relaxing float along a 1.5-mile stretch of canal aboard the horse-drawn Monticello III. A part of the Lake Park Recreational Complex, the 45-minute canal boat ride allows passengers to experience a serene glide at 4 mph from which fall colors along the forested banks can be savored. The canal boat captain provides passengers with a little insight into life on the canal during its 1800s heyday. Don't miss the village's historic shops and restaurants and sited including the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum or the nearby Raven's Glenn Winery. Peak fall foliage views: Early to mid-October.
  6. Trot past it. Take a horse-drawn buggy ride through the rolling hills of Ohio's Amish Country at Schrock's Family Farm near Berlin (NE Ohio). Located in the heart of the country's largest Amish population, the farm provides visitors with an understanding of local Amish customs, traditions and lifestyle. Take the opportunity to browse the region's numerous cheese houses or shop for quilts and hardwood furniture. Peak fall foliage views: Late September/early October.
  7. Get up close to it. Ohio has two backpacking trails that offer hikers opportunities to get away from it all and experience nature's fall foliage. The 23.5-mile Zaleski State Forest backpack trail in Vinton County (SE Ohio) is great for beginners or those looking for a less strenuous hiking and backpacking experience in Ohio's second-largest state forest. Also called "The Little Smokies of Ohio," Shawnee State Forest's backpacking trail in Scioto County (SE Ohio) offers 60 miles of rugged terrain ideal for more moderate and advanced hikers. Peak fall foliage views: Late October.
  8. Paddle through it. Ohio's 14 state scenic rivers offer unique views of brilliant fall foliage and migrating birds. Located in Hiram (NE Ohio), the Camp Hi Canoe Livery offers visitors a peaceful canoe or kayak experience along the upper portion of the scenic Cuyahoga River. On the State Scenic Sandusky River, Ridgway Canoe Livery near Tiffin (NW Ohio) offers canoe or kayaking trips for spectacular fall foliage views. Peak fall foliage views: Late September/early October.
  9. Road trip it. Ohio's scenic byways are a fantastic way to enjoy Ohio's fall colors, and each one offers a very different experience. Consider a drive along the Covered Bridge Scenic Byway through Wayne National Forest (SE Ohio) in Ohio's Appalachian region or cruise along the flatlands of the Old Mill Stream Byway (NW Ohio) along the Blanchard River and Lake Erie. Peak fall foliage views: Depending on geographic region, late September through late October.
  10. Hoof it. Ohio state parks and forests offer more than 500 miles of bridle trails through all types of landscapes and terrain in 24 parks. Whether you're a beginner or advanced equestrian, Ohio has eight state parks that are adjacent to state forests and provide more than 200 additional miles of riding trails. In particular, Hueston Woods State Park in Butler and Preble Counties (SW Ohio) offers horse rentals and guides who take horseback riders along the park's scenic trails. Peak fall foliage views: Depending on geographic region, late September through late October.

For the most up-to-date information on Ohio's fall foliage, follow us on Twitter @DiscoverOhio or become a fan of the Ohio Tourism Division on Facebook at To order a free copy of the 2009 Ohio Travel Planner or the 2009-2010 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events, click on the Free Publications icon at or call 1-800-BUCKEYE. The Ohio Travel Planner and Ohio Calendar of Events also are both viewable online. Trained travel counselors are available to assist 1-800-BUCKEYE callers weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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