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Northeast Ohio’s 7 Best Spots for Taking in Fall Foliage


Crisp air. Colorful leaves. Gray clouds. All signs that signal fall’s arrival. If you love to soak in all the sights of the season, you’ll want to check out these perfect Northeastern Ohio spots. Here’s where you need to go.

1. Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook

Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook

Location: Gorge Parkway, Walton Hills, OH 44146 (in the Beford Reservation)

Leaves aren’t the only natural wonder you can experience at Tinker’s Creek Gorge. The actual creek is the largest tributary of the Cuyahoga River and the steep, walled gorge is on full display during the rainy fall season.

2. Virginia Kendall Ledges

Virginia Kendall Ledges

Location: 405 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

This area is considered the top spot for taking in the autumn colors in NE Ohio. This Akron-area two-mile span of 100-foot tall ledges will give you an amazing view of the tree skyline.

3. The Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum

Location: 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094

If you like something with a little bit more to do, you’ll love this Arboretum. It features cultivated gardens, walking trails, the Murch Canopy Walk, and the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower that rises 120 feet out of the forest.

4. Whipps Ledges

Whipps Ledges

Location: 2001 State Road, Hinkley, OH 44233

Horseback riders, hikers, and walkers alike will enjoy 20 miles of trails, interspersed with small caves to explore. The 90-acre Hinkley Lake is a stunning backdrop for the colorful fall leaves.

5. Rocky River Reservation

Rocky River Reservation

Location: 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070 , (Part of the Rocky River Nature Center)

Some highlights of the area include The Fort Hill Stairs that rise 90-feet above the eastern and western branches of the Rocky River and The Berea Falls, an urban waterfall. You’ll see forests of sycamore and cottonwood trees as you hike the twisted trails below shale cliffs.

6. Princess Ledges Nature Preserve

Princess Ledges Nature Preserve

Location: 4361 Spruce Avenue, Brunswick Hills, OH 44212

Princess Ledges is heavily wooded with oak trees but the bonus tulips that grow throughout the region add another pop of color to the fall landscape. The ledges extend 1,100 feet and display the deep changing shades of the tree tops.

7. Lake Erie Bluffs

Lake Erie Bluffs

Location: 3301 Lane Road, Perry Township, OH 44646

Just because summer has come to an end, doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to Lake Erie. The Bluffs gives you a shoreline view of trails and trees against the backdrop of the water. Take in the leaves with confidence

Don’t put a damper on your fall foliage tour by experiencing a vehicle breakdown. Make sure your car is up to date on routine maintenance so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. Come and visit us at Conrad’s and let us take care of your transportation.

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