6 Places Where Fall Foliage is Peaking in Ohio

Written by Colby Maxwell
Published: October 25, 2022
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The fall leaves are turning, but it’s not too late if you still want to see them! In many places around the country, peak season has already passed, but there are still some places swathed in vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows for the next week or two. Ohio is still primed to have an incredible foliage viewing season, just don’t wait too long! Here are six places where fall foliage is peaking in Ohio. Let’s get started!

The 6 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park

Located in Hocking County, Hocking Hills State Park is a beautiful way to take in the fall scenery. The park contains over 25 miles of hiking trails, allowing for endless hours spent walking under beautiful canopies covered in colors. Even more, the park has rock formations, deep caves, and waterfalls that only add to the experience. The entire park is around 2,300 acres and butts up to the Hocking State Forest, making for a pristine and massive place to view the best colors around.

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Forest waterfall at Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a great option for anyone who wants something close to Cleveland but feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. This park is one of the best places to view the leaves and isn’t usually crowded, despite its proximity to the city. There are multiple hikes, waterfalls, and trees to make you feel like you are somewhere special. There’s even a viewing platform in the park that offers some of the best views of the changing leaves. If you are really feeling up for it, a trip on the scenic railroad is a great way to take in the foliage from comfort.

Fall foliage in Cuyahoga Valley
Colorful fall foliage highlights Cuyahoga Valley’s natural beauty.

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Berea Falls

If you live in Cleveland, Berea Falls may be the best place in the city to see the colors. Located in the western portion of the city (technically in Berea), Berea Falls is a two-tiered waterfall found in the Rocky River Reservation. With a beautiful bridge overlooking the water and pathways winding through the park, this is a perfect urban environment to see the best that the fall leaves have to offer. After seeing the waterfall, take a walk down Valley Parkway and enjoy views of Baldwin Lake, Wallace Lake, and more. Weather permitting, take a basket and plan for a picnic at one of the many picnic sites in the park.

Berea Falls Ohio
October at Berea Falls

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Covered Bridge Scenic Byway

The Covered Bridge Scenic Byway is especially cool since it’s not just a single location, but a collection of them. This drivable byway gets its name from the multiple covered bridges that can be found along its length. If there is one thing that covered bridges are good for, it’s creating immaculate fall vibes when the leaves are changing colors. You can drive the byway starting on State Route 26 in Marietta to Woodsfield. Most of the length of the road is along the Little Muskingum River, making the entire thing a beautiful way to experience the fall foliage from the comfort of your car.

The Hills Covered Bridge was built in 1878.

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Mill Creek Park

For anyone living in Youngstown, you probably already know about Mill Creek Park! The park is 3,000 acres big and has a ton to do, especially in the fall. Within the park are running and biking trails, golf courses, and historic buildings to see. The park gets its name from the plethora of old mill buildings found in the park, especially Lanterman’s Mill and the nearby bridge. One of the best options for anyone traveling to the area is a visit to the Riverside Botanical Gardens. The gardens change with each season, meaning that a visit in fall is going to reflect the season perfectly.

Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge, located in Mahoning County, Ohio, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge in in Youngstown, Ohio, was built in 1895. It’s also known as the Cinderella Bridge, the Silver Bridge, the Castle Bridge, and the Walt Disney Bridge.

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Lake Erie Shoreline

You can’t really talk about fall colors in Ohio without talking about Lake Erie. Lake Erie is one of the Great Lakes and is the largest water feature in the area. Cleveland is located along the southwestern shores of the lake, but there is a ton of shoreline that isn’t as developed. A simple drive along the shore is a beautiful way to enjoy the water and the trees in full fall foliage. The Ashtabula Lighthouse and Lake Shore Park are great places to end the trip (if you’re driving from Cleveland). Lake Erie itself is always beautiful, but the changing leaves really add an element of beauty that is only seen this time of year.

Lake Erie
The Marblehead Lighthouse on the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio


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Colby is a freelance writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. When he isn't distracted by his backyard birdfeeder, you can find him camping, exploring, and telling everyone around him about what he's recently learned. There's a whole world to learn about and Colby is content to spend his life learning as much as he can about it!

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