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10 Best Ohio State Nature Preserves for Fall Color

Posted on 10/30/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Southeast


Conkles Hollow

The rim trail at Conkles Hollow allows colorful and panoramic views of the valley cut by the stream flowing through the gorge. The gorge trail puts hiker into the color where the different shades of colorful leaves fall gently to the ground through the dark green of the hemlocks.


Conkles Hollow


Christmas Rocks

The colorful fall view from Jacob's Ladder at Christmas Rocks illustrates the different types of forest trees along the ridges and valley on both sides of Arney Run and southeastern Fairfield County.


Christmas Rocks



South


Scioto Brush Creek

The flowing water in the Scioto Brush Creek pulls the color into itself as it moves downstream. The preserve is best viewed in midafternoon as the light bounces off the water and highlights the colored canopy.



Lake Katharine

Observe all the color of fall from the lake’s edge. The hemlock trees provide a beautiful backdrop as the color bleeds through the rich evergreens.


Lake Katharine



Northeast


Tinker’s Creek

Tinker’s Creek has fantastic views of wide open marshes. Red maple, sugar maple, pin oak and tupelo are especially brilliant.


Tinker’s Creek


Hach-Otis

Hach-Otis Sanctuary offers a high view above the Chagrin State Scenic River that is spectacular during fall color season.


Hach-Otis



Northwest


Goll Woods

Nearly five miles of hiking trails allow for easy, spectacular viewing throughout the woods. A variety of trees, especially large oaks, provides a varied palette of color. An added bonus is the very vocal presence of red-headed woodpeckers which add to the color of the hike.



Lawrence Woods

A mile long boardwalk weaves through the 450 acre “big woods” making for comfortable hiking. An observation deck over the buttonbush swamp makes for easy viewing of turtles, woods ducks and if you’re lucky a red spotted newt.




West


Davey Woods

The leaves of the tulip trees are such a brilliant gold they really stand out when looking at the preserve from a distance. When walking beneath them at dusk they seem to light up the woods.



Clifton Gorge

The rich combination of colors contrast with the dolomite cliffs to create a spectacular display.


Clifton Gorge