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Explore the Best Fall Hiking Spots in Ohio

Couple and dog hiking in the fall

Fall is arguably one of the best times to go for a hike. The weather is cool so you don’t get too hot and sweaty, the air smells of crisp fallen leaves, and the scenery is vibrant. Living in Ohio has some perks, one being all of the great hiking trails we have! Here are a few must-visit trails for the season.

Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills in the fall Source: Explore Hocking Hills

This is an Ohio favorite for so many people no matter what time of year it is. The Rock House, Old Man’s Cave, and Cedar Falls are breathtaking in the fall seeing all the beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red against the reddish hues of the rock. As a bonus, book a cabin with a hot tub to warm up in after a day of brisk fall hiking. Appalachian Outfitters is proud to be the trail safety exhibit sponsor at the visitor center.

Hinckley Reservation

Hinckley Reservation in the fall Source: Cleveland Metroparks

Get a great view from high up of all the fallen leaves and vibrant trees by hiking up to Whipp’s ledges, and then finish the trip off with a walk around Hinckley Lake.

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls in the fall Source: The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club

Brandywine Falls is one of the CVNP’s most popular hiking spots, and it’s even more beautiful in the fall. After a brisk hike through a forest of vibrant trees, you can stop to gaze upon a breathtaking waterfall.

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Glen Helen Nature Preserve in the fall
Source: Natural Ohio Adventures

The Glen Helen Falls are gorgeous when the water is cascading over the many fallen leaves in various colors. Get a better view of the trees from the bridge, gaze at the spring, and explore the Indian monument.

Mohican State Park

Mohican State Park in fall Source: StateParks.com

You might’ve thought the Hemlock Gorge Trail, Pleasant Hill Trail, and Lyons Falls were impressive when you visited during your last summer camping trip, but they are whole different sights to see when the leaves are changing.

Quail Hollow State Park

Quail Hollow State Parks in the fall Source: Stark Parks

Explore the scenic trails and gardens that surround the gorgeous 40-room mansion that will be even more stunning surrounding by orange and yellow trees. You can even end your hiking trip with a nice fall cookout using the grills and picnic tables on the property.

John Bryan State Park

John Bryan State Park in the fall Source: Reserve America

The remarkable limestone gorge is a sight to see in the fall when the water is surrounded by changing trees. Make your way along the Little Miami River as you take in the vibrant scenery.

Lake Hope State Park

Lake Hope in the fall
Source: TripAdvisor

There’s something about autumn that makes a lake look that much prettier. Go for a hike at Lake Hope State Park and be sure to gaze at the lake that’s bordered by yellow, orange, and red.

Gear Up for Your Fall Hiking Adventures

Before you set out on your fall adventures, stop by Appalachian Outfitters to get some new gear! Contact us for more information.