An artist’s brush would struggle to replicate the stunning beauty of Northeast Ohio in the autumn. There are so many vivid colors present in the changing colors of the leaves. From deep reds to warm oranges and vibrant yellows, nothing says fall like the color of the horizon changing from a lush green to the cornucopia of colors that define the season. Your morning commute changes before your eyes, and even a trip to the grocery store takes on a different look than it had in the summer. There are some places very close to the city of Cleveland that can transport you to a fall foliage wonderland. Here’s a guide to some hotspots that are perfect for that autumn weekend drive:
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Brandywine Gorge is a great location to see the sites of the season. The variety of tree species in the area provides a great landscape of different colors.
- Geauga County
Small town Ohio is captured beautifully in the County Seat of Chardon, where the maple trees downtown turn a rich red hue and color the square. You’ll catch a masterpiece around every corner as you travel through the rest of the county as well.
- Rocky River Nature Center
This site offers spectacular views of a 360 million year old shale cliff from the deck overhanging the river. The nature center itself is fun too, loaded with great exhibits about the history of the valley.
- Hocking Hills
One of the most visited nature destinations in the state, Hocking Hills State Park offers wonderful views along many nature trails. Scheduled events include pumpkin decorating, hayrides and more.
Also, make sure to check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Fall Foliage Driving Tour Guide to map out a great route for a fall car ride!
As always, before hitting the road to see the sights, book an appointment with the pros at Rad Air to make sure your car is running at its peak performance level.