The Best Drives In Ohio To See The Fall Colors

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Ohio Is Extra Beautiful In The Autumn Months

This state boasts a wide variety of flora, which, in turn, means that the countryside and parks offer the best fall colors in Ohio. There’s no better way to experience the fall foliage than via a road trip, so pack some snacks and prepare for autumnal adventure.

Old Mill Stream Scenic Byway

The Old Mill Stream Scenic Byway fall colors

The Old Mill Stream Scenic Byway stretches 52 miles over Hancock and Putnam Counties, linking the Lincoln Highway National Historic Byway to small villages, parks and landmarks. The scenic byway is more than a road, it is an experience with Ohio’s heritage and opportunities for travel as a connection for people.



Hocking Hills Scenic Byway

Hocking HIlls Byway fall colors

The Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center is located at 13178 St Rt 664 S Logan, Oh 43138. Our Visitor Center in Laurelville is located at 16197 Pike Street (and St. Rt. 56), Laurelville, OH 43135. Our Historic Downtown Logan Information Center is located inside Homegrown On Main, a local artisan co-op, at 65 W Main St, Logan.



Miami & Erie Canal Scenic Byway

Miami & Erie Canal Scenic Byway fall colors

This byway was developed parallel to the Miami and Erie Canal which operated between 1840 and 1860. Consequently, much of the history and recreation associated with this route is related to the Canal and its history. For example, many hiking and walking trails have been shaped from old towpath trails (paths draft animals made when they towed the boats.)




Maumee Valley Scenic Byway

Maumee Valley Scenic Byway

The parks along the Maumee help keep this historical area beautiful. It retains its natural charm because of small towns, canal paths, forts, and Indian monuments. The boating and recreational areas give it a unique character. The Maumee is a State Recreational and Scenic River.




Lower Valley Pike Scenic Byway

lower valley fall colors

This meandering historic road features sweeping vistas, the sites of pioneer town New Boston, the Daniel Hertzler House and the Estel Wenrick Wetlands Park. Begins near the Ohio Masonic Home at US Route 40 in Springfield.



Lake Erie Coastal Highway

lake erie coastal

The more than 290 mile route closely follows the Lake Erie coastline from Conneaut on the east side to downtown Toledo on the west side. The byway mostly follows SR 2 and US 6 but also includes other local and state routes. The Lake Erie Coastal Trail is the second longest byway in Ohio.





Gateway to Amish Country

Amish Country

While traveling the byway on your way to Brinkhaven, don’t let the landscape’s natural beauty distract you from seeing the Bridge of Dreams, a National Landmark. This bridge is the second largest covered bridge in the United States, and spans 370 feet across the Mohican River.




Covered Bridge Scenic Byway

covered bridge

The National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway follows State Route 26 from Marietta to Woodsfield, Ohio. For most of its length, it parallels the Little Muskingum River. The scenic byway traverses some of Ohio’s most beautiful countryside. Many choose to stop along its route, to camp and savor the natural beauty of this area.



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