10,000 Reasons Why you Need to Visit this Ohio Leaf Peeping Spot this Fall

Rose Lake in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick

If you’re looking for reasons to visit Ohio this autumn, leaf peeping should be at the top of your list. And, when it comes to Ohio leaf peeping, it’s an hour south of Columbus to an outdoor-lover’s dream location. From cavernous hikes to inspiring views, Hocking Hills is the place to be for autumn leaf peeping.

An aerial view of Lake Logan in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick

10,000 Reasons to Visit Hocking Hills in Fall

When it comes to unbroken forest, Hocking Hills, Ohio has 10,000 acres of it! There’s cool lodging options including sleeping in a restored caboose near Ash Cave. There’s zipling through forest canopies. Plus, there’s also exploring two of the region’s biggest draws: Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave.

But, when it’s time to check out the fall foliage, it’s these 10,000 acres of gorgeous forest filled with maple, sassafras, and hickory trees that provide the colorful, picturesque views. Add in some hemlock and pine for pretty pops of green and you’ve got the ideal landscape to ooh and aah over.

Conkles Hollow in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Matt Lacey
Conkles Hollow in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Matt Lacey via Weirick Communications

Extreme Leaf Peeping in Hocking Hills

I used to think of leaf peeping as a “leisure only” type of activity. Man, was I wrong! They offer what I like to call “Extreme Leaf Peeping”.

What’s the catch?

Nothing, other than the love of outdoor adventure. The Hocking Hills region has been dubbed the “Canopy Capital of the Midwest” for good reason. There’s dozens of tours from  Soaring Cliffs Canopy Tours, a Super Zip, and even an XTreme canopy tour . The latter takes zipliners through a waterfall and into a cave – that’s a bird’s eye view, indeed! If you like to keep on terra firma, there’s a fun Segway tour that will let you off-road with only two wheels.

Airplane rock in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick
Airplane rock in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick

Eco-Friendly Leaf Peeping in Hocking Hills

If an eco-tour is what you want, it’s High Rock Adventures you need to check out. Its guided eco-tours and heart-pounding rappelling trips will get your blood pumping and up your amazement level. Not your style? No problem.  There’s kayaking, horseback riding, and ATV adventures for every visiting style.

Hocking Hills, Ohio leaf peeping
Looking for great spots to leaf peep in Ohio? Here’s 10,000 reasons why Hocking Hills, Ohio should be at the top of your Midwest leaf peeping agenda!

Thanks to the gang at Explore Hocking Hills and Weirick Communications for the beautiful autumn photos of Hocking Hills, Ohio!

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15 Thoughts to “10,000 Reasons Why you Need to Visit this Ohio Leaf Peeping Spot this Fall”

  1. Ryan

    Hocking Hills is awesome. I am a few hours north, in Medina. People really should check more of Ohio out! 🙂

    1. Karyn Locke

      Sure, I know where Medina is! You’re in a pretty spot!

  2. Wow, what amazing photos. I’ve always wanted to see some gorgeous leaves. You really don’t see them in Texas.

    1. Karyn Locke

      It really is a stunning place. I know all about the lack of autumn leaves in Texas – my big bro is in San Antonio!

  3. Wow this is leaf viewing to the max. I was happy just to drive and view or even walk. Now that I know my options are bigger I’ll line up for the Segway first! This looks like a beautiful area to get a full range of an autumn view.

  4. Wow! This is probably the most beautiful fall foliage I have ever seen! I am quite far away in Alabama but I would drive to spend a few days there 🙂

  5. Aine

    Oh wow! That is stunning, I love seeing the trees change in Autumn this looks so beautiful

  6. Helene

    Can you believe I’ve never been ziplining before? I really want to try it sometime…This looks like the perfect place! The autumn leaves are so beautiful:) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hocking Hills looks absolutely amazing and what great autumnal pictures you’ve shared. I have not heard of the term leaf peeping, definitely a new concept for me.

  8. What a pretty place ! I can only imagine how pretty this place looks like in fall season. Those pictures are just amazing !

  9. Oh My Goodness!! This is like fall perfection!! I would absolutely love to visit here. I’m sure the photos and memories would be priceless!!

  10. Kiwi

    Looks like the perfect Fall destination! Very pretty love the nature aspect of this place!

  11. When I started reading this, I was literally preparing for a post of 10,000 reasons, but I’m happy you kept it concise. I’m sold, either way – this place looks phenomenal!

  12. Omg! This is so serene! It feels like fall is everything there! Such a mesmerizing red natural beauty. Love it and this is going in my bucket list 🙌

  13. Blair villanueva

    The color of the autumn, and the leaves are already gorgeous enough to visit. Looks romantic as well.
    I bet many have proposed their marriage here.

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