So now that you’re all equipped, let’s get hiking.
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There may be no better natural view in all of Ohio than the one at the top of the Jacob’s Ladder Trail in Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve. Hiking Jacob’s Ladder is also an opportunity to check out the Mink Hollow Covered Bridge, located near the parking area for the trail. On top of all that, this fun hike spot is also one of the best places for fall foliage you’re likely to find this season and an author-tested romantic date spot 😉
There are a variety of great trails at Chestnut Ridge. From the pet-friendly Milkweed Loop to the more challenging Ridge Trail itself. With a view of the Columbus skyline, this is a wonderful opportunity to take a short break and get away from everything for a while.
We’ve talked about the beauty of Mount Pleasant many times — sometimes seen from the sky and other times from the fishing spots around Rising Park. But it’s been a while since we shouted out the Mount Pleasant Trail, which is definitely worth noting for out-of-towners who might not be familiar already. At the top of Mount Pleasant, Natural Ohio Adventures says that hikers can expect stunning views of Lancaster and the area foothills. It’s also a prime spot for spotting some remarkable Ohio fall foliage in the right season.
Oh, Clear Creek Metro Park — how we love you. Part of the Columbus Metro Parks system but located in Rockbridge, Ohio, Clear Creek is something like royalty when it comes to Central Ohio parks. Inside its approximately 5,000 acres of gorgeous land, hikers enjoy seven separate trails that make for some of the most breathtaking, memorable, and downright fun hikes in the midwest. And yes, Clear Creek Metro Park is also known for some dream-like fall foliage.
Check out this Columbus Metro Parks video on Ohio fall foliage in the parks.
For a short-yet-rewarding excursion into the great outdoors, you can’t do better than Alley Park. All Trails lists an elevation rise of 262 over a 2-mile loop for this Ohio gem. This serene trail offers a peaceful option for taking in the annual bliss of autumn.