Gradually cooling fall temperatures make Northeast Ohio the perfect place to see beautiful yellow, red, and deep purple fall leaves from September to November. These locations within a couple of hours of Cleveland are great to visit year-round. They’re especially beautiful when the leaves change. Check out these lovely places near Cleveland to visit in fall.
Geauga County is only 40 miles east of Cleveland and offers gorgeous views in October. You can enjoy them from your car using this list of scenic drives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or on foot by walking the 2.8-mile Big Bluestem Trail in Frohring Meadows Park.
Lake Erie Islands
Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands are a lot less crowed in the fall than in the summer. Fall activities like Oktoberfest on October 10th and Adult Halloween on October 23rd and 24th make the short trip more than worth it. Kelleys Island State Park offers the most beautiful views along its miles of hiking trails.
About 80 miles south of Cleveland, the 75 miles of roadway along the Amish Country Byway provide unrivaled fall scenery. If you’d rather go leaf-gazing on foot or in a horse-drawn buggy, trek the 15-mile Holmes County Trail that connects Fredericksburg to Killbuck.
The beautiful Mohican River valley is about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland. It’s the perfect destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Enjoy the fall colors from a canoe on the Clear Fork and Mohican rivers, from a mountain bike on the 25-mile loop around the state forest, on foot along the Mohican State Park’s 2-mile Lyons Falls trail, or even at high speeds on a zipline through the trees.