Enjoy Ohio’s fall beauty by taking a scenic tour.

Are you ready to start viewing Mother Nature’s fall foliage? The month of October begins many of the fall foliage scenic driving tours.  What a great way to see the back-roads and small towns of Ohio.

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
Dates:  October 14-15, 2017
Times:  9am – 5pm
Location:  Downtown Village of Jefferson, Ohio
Admission: Free
Visit all the The Festival includes Official Souvenirs, Crafts, Entertainment, Demonstrations, a Farmers Market, a Quilt Show, Contests, a Parade, Kids Rides/Games, and Great Food!

Click here for more information about the festival and to view the covered bridge map.

Another fun trail located in Ashtabula County, Ohio is the Barn Quilt Trail. The trail is closing in on 100 barn quilts, making the trail one of the fastest growing in the United States.
For more information about the trail click here.

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Coshocton Fall Foliage & Farm Tour
Dates: October 21-22, 2017
Times: Saturday, 10am-5pm | Sunday, Noon-5pm
Location: Coshocton County, Ohio
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“This year’s tour will highlight the north-central section of Coshocton County. The tour will continue to focus on the history of the area as well as provide the opportunity for participants to have an up-close experience of a variety of agricultural enterprises along the tour route.

The tour will begin with the first stop and map pickup at The Animal Boutique & Villas, located just off U.S. Route 36, 3 miles east of Coshocton across from the Super Wal-Mart. Tour maps will be available at this first stop on Saturday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 p.m.”

 

Medina County Fall Foliage Tour
Dates:  October 14-15, 2017
Times:  Noon to 6pm
Location:  Medina County, Ohio

More than 8,000 people travel every October to see Medina County at its best. The 2017 Medina County Fall Foliage Tour is a Drive-It-Yourself tour of farms, historic and educational stops, festivals and other sites that help inform the public about the diversity of agriculture, historical heritage and the rural way of life in beautiful Medina County.

As a drive-it-yourself tour, pick the stops that the family wants to visit. Be sure to enjoy the fall foliage and the relaxing country drive.

Click here to view the 2017 Fall Foliage Tour Map.

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FALL FOLIAGE DRIVE-IT-YOURSELF TOUR
Dates:  October 9-22, 2017

Experience the beauty of Mohican Country during a drive-it-yourself tour through the Mohican State Park.  Take a hike on the trails, enjoy many historical sites and visit the local shops in the Mohican area.  For more information call 419-994-2519 or visit www.discovermohican.com

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Wayne County Farm Tour
Dates:  October 14-15, 2017
Times:   Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM*
Location: Wayne County, Ohio
Admission:  Free

Spend the day in beautiful rural Wayne County on a self-drive tour of area farms and agricultural businesses while enjoying the fall colors.

Click here for the 2017 Farm Tour Stops.

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Looking for even more fall color to view?

squirex640The Cleveland Metroparks offers a wonderful way to take a self-guided driving tour through all the parks located in the Emerald Necklace. Beautiful  tree-lined parkways,  scenic overlooks, spectacular views of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes.  And of course Squire’s Castle with the beautiful fall foliage as a backdrop.   For more information about the Cleveland Metroparks fall colors click here.

 

 

millcreekfall7Mill Creek Metroparks
Every time I take someone to Mill Creek Metroparks they fall in love.  From the beautiful Fellows Riverside Gardens, to Lanterman’s Mill, the covered bridge, the unique suspension bridge to the spectacular views of the Lily Pond and Lake Glacier.   Mill Creek Metroparks is a great place to take a scenic tour.  For more information click here.

 

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cuyahogavalleybike10Cuyahoga Valley National Park
What can we say about a park that generally receives more than 2.2 million recreational visits each year, making it one of the most-visited national parks in the United States?  It has absolutely beautiful fall colors!  The Cuyahoga Valley National Park follows the Cuyahoga River through open farmlands, forests, urban areas, small towns and connects to the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway.  Areas to take in the breathtaking views of fall are Brandywine Falls and Gorge Trail, the Ledges in Virginia Kendall Park, as well as along the towpath.   The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers a wonderful way to see the park in its blanket of colors.  For more information about the park click here.

 

Check out these wonderful resources from The State of Ohio.

ohmapRequest an Ohio map.
“Ohio’s roadway map is free and designates Scenic Byways. This edition highlights many of Ohio’s destinations, and with its embedded QR bar code, gives motorists with mobile devices a helpful tool.”

Download the Ohio Byways Brochure
A new publication in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration that gives a snapshot of each Byway’s unique contribution to Ohio’s roadway system.

Ohio Fall Foliage Reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

Article:  Diane Rock, NorthernOhioTourism.com
Featured photo: Courtesy of Andrew Gacom Photography