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.
Fall Driving Tours
NATIONAL ROAD AND ZANE GREY MUSEUM FALL FESTIVAL DRIVING TOUR
Guernsey and Muskingum County SE OH
Date: October 7, 2023
Passport picku-up time between 9am-11am
Location: John & Annie Glenn Museum on Main Street in New Concord
The National Road & Zane Grey Museum, 8850 East Pike, Norwich, will host their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be games and activities for kids, campfire cooking and author visits. Kind Hands 4 Paws will bring adoptable dogs. Kathy’s Burgers and Stuff Food Truck and Mix it Up Lemonade will be there as well.
ASHTABULA COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL
Dates: October 13-15, 2023
Times: 9am – 5pm
Location: Downtown Village of Jefferson, Ohio
Click here for more information about the festival and to view the covered bridge map.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the year round Ashtabula Covered Bridge Trail.
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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.
COSHOCTON FALL FARM & FOLIAGE TOUR
Dates: October 21-22, 2023
Times: Saturday, 10am-5pm | Sunday, Noon-5pm
Location: Coshocton County, Ohio
Free and fun for the whole family! Enjoy the fall colors as you explore beautiful Coshocton County, Ohio.
This is a mystery tour–locations will be announced the day of the tour and will be available on the map, which may be picked up at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.
LORAIN COUNTY FALL FARM TOUR
Time: Noon – 5pm
This free drive-it-yourself fall farm tour will feature five farms in southern Lorain County. Attendees will be able to visit Brady Vineyards of Ohio, Riverhill Farm, Lone Tree Stables, Stumpwater Farm and Queen Right Colonies.
No RSVP is necessary.
MEDINA COUNTY FALL FOLIAGE TOUR
Dates: October 14-15, 2023
(Always the 2nd full weekend in October)
Times: Noon to 5pm
Location: Medina County, Ohio
FALL FOLIAGE DRIVE-IT-YOURSELF TOUR
Dates: October 15-29, 2023
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
WAYNE COUNTY FARM TOUR
Dates: October 7-8, 2023
Times: Noon – 5pm
Location: Wayne County, Ohio
Additional information can be found here.
The 2023 Wayne County Farm Tour will take place in the NW quadrant of Wayne County. This is a free and open to the public event showcasing area farms and agricultural businesses. Tour information will be available online after Sept 1 and at the Wayne County Fair. Event information will be on-line September 1.
Looking for even more fall color to view?
The 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.
Mill 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.
Cuyahoga 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.
Request 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.
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Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel. She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.
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