Fall in the Hocking Hills region 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. 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. Come experience the crisp autumn air when you stay with us at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!
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10 of the Best Things to Do in Ohio in the Fall
Best Ways to View 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!
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 scenic trails in our area. No matter your skill level, there is a trail for you.
While there are several 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 to-go 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!
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! 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. If you’d like to hop in your car or motorcycle and explore on a whim, there is no wrong route to take.
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 comfort level, 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.
Best Fall Festivals in Ohio
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!
Editor’s Note: Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of these events may be adjusted, postponed, or canceled. Please visit each event’s website for the latest information. Thank you for understanding!
4. 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.
5. Jackson County Apple Festival | Jackson, OH
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
More 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 a couple more of our favorite fall activities in Ohio!
Cast a Line
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.
Relax at the Spa
Fall is the perfect time to get a little rejuvenation in before the stresses of the 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 at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Ready to experience all that Ohio in the Fall has to offer? Now that you know the best things to do during this season, it’s time to find the perfect place to stay. Make the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls your homestead during your trip to the Hocking Hills in the fall. We offer a variety of lodging options including cabins, yurts, cottages, geodomes, and Hocking Hills lodges. Don’t wait, though, our accommodations fill up quickly for this time of year!
Check our availability to start planning your trip to Ohio in the fall. We can’t wait to show you what this season is all about!