While much of the state is still seeing mostly green conditions, hints of color are emerging as Ohio starts its fall color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). As the state explodes with the oranges, yellows, and reds of fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering guided tours through state parks, nature preserves, and forests.
Ground has been broken on a state-of-the-art nature center at Hueston Woods State Park. Once complete, the new center will provide visitors with exciting nature-based educational experiences. The new building will include terrariums with native wildlife and Big Woods-themed displays. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an improved bird-viewing area and an overview of the park’s vast geological history. People can enjoy everything from boating to hiking to horseback riding to fossil hunting at Hueston Woods State Park. Overnight guests can choose from deluxe lodge rooms, cozy cabins, or scenic campsites. You can help make state parks even better by donating to the Ohio State Parks Foundation.
With October here, Haunted Houses, trails, and woods are popping up throughout the state as well as corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Regardless of the direction you take, there is bound to be one or more to pique your interest. Lake Eerie Fearfest is now open on weekends and again hosted by Ghostly Manor. The haunted horrors and attractions definitely let visitors get their “eek” on.Then there is the Haunted Hydro in Fremont with five different escape attractions.in Panic Alley. Navigate the Monstrous Woods … Creep across the Cursed Courtyard and into the Legendary Haunted Hydro… One way in… one way out… one Mega Haunt!
If you’re seeking a truly haunting experience, you can find it here in Ohio. >MORE
Check out the fun, the tasty and the just plain cool things happening this month in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region. The sunsets are spectacular, the fishing is great and as the temperatures cool down, the fun heats up in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region.Come share the change of seasons. Harvest time is party time in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region and you’re invited. And remember;When you need a break….just come to the Lake!
All-aboard the fall trains in scenic Southeast Ohio. In the coming weeks, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will host Fall foliage trains every Thursday through Sunday in October, departing the station at noon and 2:30 PM. The coaches are heated as the weather requires. In addition, there are open-air cars on the train as well. These trains provide a unique way to experience the fall colors throughout the month of October! Catch the Trunk-or-Treat Train for a Halloween celebration. It departs the Nelsonville Depot at 6 PM. The ride lasts about two hours roundtrip and crosses the spooky Hocking River Valley as many trains have done since 1870! Treats are available and costumes are encouraged! This Halloween train ride is great for all ages .> MORE
Further north in Summit County, book a ticket on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. A three-and-a-half-hour round trip weaves through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and parallels the rushing Cuyahoga River. Soak up the brilliant sugar maple reds and towering brown oaks along the way. For a bit of exercise, try the Brandywine Gorge Trail and hike up to the 65-foot Brandywine Falls for panoramic views of fall foliage in each direction. The historic Everett Covered Bridge that crosses Furnace Creek is another site within the national park that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a nod to days gone by when more than 2,000 covered bridges were scattered throughout Ohio. Today, the Everett Covered Bridge is the last remaining one in Summit County.