WORTH THE DRIVE: Best spots in central Ohio to see stunning fall foliage

Credit: Visit Fairfield County

Credit: Visit Fairfield County

As a home to more than 125 different species of trees, Ohio boasts some of the most stunning fall foliage in the country. This stunning display is perhaps the most beautiful in central Ohio, where glimpses of the changing seasons are everywhere.

These are the most picturesque places to catch a glimpse of the fall foliage in central Ohio.

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Credit: Photo: Robb McCormick Photography

Credit: Photo: Robb McCormick Photography

Dublin, located just north of Columbus, is home to four waterfalls that provide the perfect backdrop to scenic fall foliage: Indian Run Falls, located at 700 Shawan Falls Dr.; Hayden Run Falls, located at 4326 Hayden Run Rd.; Glick Park Falls, located at 1 Glick Rd.; Wedgewood Hills Falls, located at 4623 Sandwich Ct.

The Dublin Link, the S-shaped suspension pedestrian and bicycle bridge that spans the Scioto River in downtown Dublin, is also a great place to view the changing leaves in Central Ohio. The brand new bridge connects the future Riverside Crossing Park on the east side to the retail businesses on the west side of Dublin.

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The city is also home to over 70 public art installations - including Field of Corn, or “Cornhenge,” as it is affectionately called. Located in the Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park in Dublin, Field of Corn is a Dublin Art Council project consisting of 109 ears of corn in realistic row patterns. Each ear of corn stands at approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and is embedded in a layer of concrete.

🍁🍂Fairfield County

Credit: Visit Fairfield County

Credit: Visit Fairfield County

Fairfield County, with Lancaster as its county seat, boasts 17 original covered bridges that date back to 1849. Fairfield County has put together a covered bridges driving tour on their website.

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Visitors to Fairfield County can also admire the area’s fall foliage as they peruse the hundreds of scarecrows that line the streets of communities in the county. In October, the county will host its first-ever county-wide Trail of Scarecrows. Visitors can vote on their favorite scarecrow and the winners will receive a “People’s Choice” award. More information about the Trail of Scarecrows can be found by visiting Fairfield County’s website.

In addition, the Lake Loop and Head for the Hills are perfect for long drives or scenic walks among the fall colors.

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