Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Ohio in the Fall

Fall in the Hocking Hills of Ohio is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The greenery of the towering trees slowly changes to brilliant hues of red and yellow as if by magic. As the leaves begin to fall, their colors are carried through the wind to create a surreal experience. Come experience the crisp autumn air when you stay with us at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Ohio in the fall is something you shouldn’t miss, and there are tons of events and activities to enjoy only during this time of year! Plan your autumn getaway to the Hocking Hills with the help of our complimentary Vacation Guide!

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Fall in Ohio: Beautiful Foliage, Festivals, and More! 

Hocking Hills Fall Foliage

3 Ways to See the Most Awe-Inspiring Hocking Hills Fall Foliage

One of our favorite parts about Ohio in the fall is the changing of the leaves. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, so our entire property is lit up with the spectacular colors of autumn. The cool air and Hocking Hills fall foliage make this the perfect time to explore the area. Wrap yourself in a cozy sweater, get into the autumn spirit with a cup of cider or pumpkin pie, stargaze at our outdoor firepit, and come see the incredible beauty of this season.

How to Enjoy Hocking Hills Fall Foliage

1. Hiking and Biking

There are plenty of opportunities for hiking in the Hocking Hills year-round, and especially when you want to see the fall foliage. Immerse yourself in the changing leaves when you embark on any of the trails in our area. No matter what level you are, there is a trail for you.

While there are a number of paths to choose from, we suggest the 2.5-mile Conkles Hollow Rim Trail. This route leads to the highest summits in the area and offers a breathtaking view of the treetops below. Order a brown bag lunch from our restaurant to eat at the top as you relax above the trees. 

If you plan to explore by bike, take the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. This scenic path traces a twisting 20-mile course from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River. Both routes provide ample opportunities for sightseeing, so don’t forget your camera!

2. Drivingscenic drive through ohio in the fall

Seeing the Hocking Hills fall foliage from your car is another excellent option. Trees line many of the roads here, and there are foliage routes already mapped out for you to enjoy! If you’d like to hop in your car or motorcycle and explore on a whim, there is really no wrong route to take. Plan your route with a lunch stop at Kindred Spirits, our restaurant. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Apple House in Laurelville; it boasts the best apple cider in the entire state!

3. A Ropes Course

Hang and climb amongst the changing leaves when you challenge yourself to a ropes course at R Adventure Park! Depending on your level of comfort, you can be as high as the treetops on some of the 64 challenges here. The crisp autumn air makes this the perfect time to exert a little more energy, and you’ll get up close and personal with the changing leaves and see the world from their perspective. 


4 of the Best Fall Festivals in Ohio You Can’t Miss

When you visit Ohio in the fall, there is plenty to do and see. From hiking and biking to special events, there is always something for you to enjoy during your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Celebrate the season when you attend one of these fall festivals in Ohio

Please note that if you’re considering coming to any of these fall festivals in Ohio, make sure you book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls as soon as possible! Accommodations tend to fill up during these events, so it’s important to make your reservation before it’s too late. We recommend staying in one of our Hocking Hills lodges, as these lodges each have a deck that offers unmatched views of the fall foliage! 

Fall Festivals in Ohio

Circleville Pumpkin Show | Circleville, OH

Locals and visitors alike have flocked to the Circleville Pumpkin Show every October for more than 110 years! It’s located just south of Columbus, about 45 minutes away from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Here, you will find plenty of pumpkin pie, contests, entertainment, pumpkin foods, fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, flowers, and more! Great for all ages, it’s the perfect way to welcome the season.

Jackson County Apple Festival | Jackson, OH apple picking in ohio in the fall

Apples are synonymous with fall, and for a good reason! One of our favorite fall festivals in Ohio is the Jackson County Apple Festival. Over the years, it has kept up with tradition by giving attendees three parades, a street fair with rides, displays, games, contests, lots of food, and entertainment. Plus, there are tons of apple-based goods! Make sure you try the homemade apple butter, apple pies, and candy apples when you visit the festival.

Bob Evans Farm Festival | Bidwell, OH

If you’re looking for family-friendly fall festivals in Ohio, you’ll love the Bob Evans Farm Festival. This event is the epitome of autumn at a farm; thousands of people come for the delicious food, entertainment, arts and crafts, farm contests, children’s activities, and demonstrations. In addition, more than 100 artists showcase their work, so you’re sure to find a souvenir.

Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival | Nelsonville, OH

Make sure you come hungry to the Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival! After getting its start in 1996, it has become the best spot to enjoy barbecue every fall. Try expertly grilled and smoked cuts of meat at this popular event, Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

These Are the Best Fall Activities in Ohio

When you visit Ohio in the fall, your vacation should be the perfect balance of recreation and relaxation. Using the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls as your home base, you can take advantage of everything this season has to offer. Here are some of our favorite fall activities in Ohio. 

Attend a Festival

Nothing will get you into the spirit of the season more than attending some fall festivals in Ohio! Multiple events take place throughout the season and are fun for the whole family. Get a taste of the area with locally grown food and drinks or be entertained for hours at a live show. Scroll above to read about our favorite autumn events!

Get Outside couple enjoying Fall Activities in Ohio

Not only is the Hocking Hills fall foliage absolutely breathtaking, but the weather is also perfect for enjoying some time outdoors. Our busy lives force us to spend way too much time inside. Being stuck in an office or at home is a common occurrence; you’re always in an enclosed space. It’s time to explore and enjoy the fresh air! Whether you want to go for a leisurely walk at a local state park or speed through the forest on a mountain bike, autumn is the perfect time to do it.

Take a Scenic Drive

One of the best ways to see all the gorgeous views that Hocking Hills has to offer is to hop in the car. When you go on a scenic drive near the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, you’ll be treated to breathtaking sights mile after mile. It’s even more beautiful with the changing leaves! Try a route like the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway. This 26-mile road takes visitors deep into the hills of southeast Ohio while offering plenty of optional stops along the way. 

Cast a Line Hocking Hills Fishing

Relaxation is key during vacation. If you enjoy fishing, consider casting your line into a spot like the Hocking River. Here, you’ll find a variety of fish and a calming atmosphere. It’s one of the best fall activities in Ohio because you get to enjoy the outdoors while refreshing your mind in peace and quiet. If you’d like to go fishing during your fall stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, we recommend going in early autumn while the water is still warm enough for the fish to bite.

Relax at the Spa

Fall is the perfect time to get a little rejuvenation in before the stresses of winter holidays roll around. Treat yourself to a spa treatment at the Spa at Cedar Falls. Our professional therapists offer our guests a full range of massages, bodywork styles, and detoxifying services that will leave you feeling better than ever. You deserve to take some time for yourself when planning your fall activities in Ohio, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment. 

Experience Ohio in the Fall for Yourself

Living room view of couch in a Hocking Hills lodge

There’s nothing like seeing Hocking Hills fall foliage firsthand. Book your autumn stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls today! Our cabins, yurts, cottages, bed and breakfast rooms, and spectacular Hocking Hills lodges are the ideal home base for your leaf-peeping getaway.

With 75 acres of uninterrupted woods and forests, you’ll be surrounded by the colorful leaves that make fall so special here. Whether you are relaxing by the fire in one of our cabins or “glamping” in a yurt, we know you’ll have the vacation of a lifetime at our property. Book your fall stay today!