Fall colors have finally reached their peak in Ohio, and as we head into our first weekend of winter temperatures, this may be your last chance to soak up autumn’s beauty.
Nevertheless fall is here, and so is the perfect time of year for walks, hikes or if you’re brave (and bundled!), bike rides.
You can never go wrong at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, of course.
But what about our other parks?
We turned to Five Rivers MetroParks for their top picks on the best places to enjoy fall foliage.
Here are 8 places to visit courtesy of Lauren Lemons, community engagement coordinator, for the parks.
Germantown & Twin Creek MetroParks: Home to the 22-mile Twin Valley Backpacking Trail and miles of other trails, crossing a variety of terrain and habitats and offering scenic views to take in fall’s color pop.
Taylorsville MetroPark: The trails in East Park offer spectacular views of the Great Miami River, a rock outcrop and more.
Englewood MetroPark (East Park): Take the green trail to the beautiful cascading Patty, Oak and Martindale waterfalls and check out the gorgeous foliage from this view.
Sugarcreek MetroPark: Follow the orange or green trail to the site of the “Three Sisters,” three impressive ancient white oak trees, and then continue along the trail to experience the warm colors surrounding the Osage orange tunnel. This tunnel was created by the large arching branches of old Osage orange trees and is perfect for a quick fall family picture.
Hills & Dales MetroPark: Unique structures, beautiful monuments and towering autumn trees make Hills & Dales MetroPark a must for leaf peepers. The Adirondack-style shelter that overlooks Dogwood Pond is a beautiful place to check out fall foliage. Hike the 1.4-mile Adirondack Trail, including a loop around beautiful Dogwood Pond and a boardwalk through a forested wetland.
Carriage Hill MetroPark: Experience fall in the 1880s at the historical farm, then hit the trails to see the trees and prairie pop with warm fall colors.
Possum Creek MetroPark: Follow the purple trail through the Argonne Forest and discover beautiful woodlands — as well as the remnants of a 1930s- and 1940s-era amusement park known as the Argonne Forest Park.
Huffman MetroPark: Grab a mountain bike and experience the fall color along the trails of MoMBA. For those who don’t have the great, Five Rivers MetroParks offers bike rentals on Saturdays through the end of September. Learn more.
Where are your favorite fall hikes, drives or bike rides? Send us your picks at firstname.lastname@example.org.