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The Best Places to Drive to in Ohio This Fall

Stephany Renfrow Columbus, Community, Tips Leave a Comment

Today is officially the first day of fall. It’s the time for cider, cozy sweaters, leaf peeping, and pumpkin spice everything. Fortunately for us Ohioans, some of the best places to enjoy the season are right here in our own state. Here are some of the must-see spots to hit on your road trip through the Buckeye State this fall.

  • Minster, Ohio

Minster is home to Lake Loramie, as well as beautiful parks and campgrounds where you can enjoy the brisk fall weather. The town also hosts a Fall Harvest Festival. But that’s not all! This is where the Minster Oktoberfest is held, which attracts over 60,000 people a year and has been ranked one of the best festivals of its kind in the nation. Drive over to Minster to join the fun!

  • Hocking Hills

With its waterfalls, caves, and gorgeous foliage, Hocking Hills is the perfect fall getaway. Go ziplining, canoeing, or rent a cabin that will keep you cozy and warm while you enjoy the scenery. It’s only a one-hour drive from Columbus, so just get on the road when the seasonal mood strikes!

  • Mill Creek Park and Lanterman’s Mill in Youngstown, Ohio

Not only is the foliage here some of the best in the state, but Youngstown is home to the second largest metropark in the country. Tucked away within the city, Mill Creek Park and Lanterman’s Mill offer stunning views that are sure to get you in the fall spirit.

  • Circleville Pumpkin Show

Started in 1903 and held every October, the Pumpkin Show in Circleville, Ohio is the sixth largest festival in the U.S. With its packed schedule of parades, contests, and entertainment, this is an event that pumpkin lovers won’t want to miss.

  • Holmes County, Ohio

Nestled in Ohio’s Amish Country, Holmes County showcases the landscape of our state. The striking trees of the area—including the buckeye, of course—offer some of the best foliage anywhere around. In fact, Holmes County was ranked in the top ten in the U.S. for best places to see autumn leaves by National Geographic!  There are plenty of events and roadside farm stands and markets to explore there as well.


Traveled to these places already and want to see more of Ohio’s seasonal side? Check here for recommended driving routes throughout the state: Fall in Ohio has a lot to offer, so the question is, where will you drive next?[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section]

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