Enjoy these stunning Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky autumn vistas.
The Cincinnati region is home to some of the Midwest’s prettiest spots during autumn, from award-winning arboretums to unique hiking trails. Here are some places to go on a nature walk and enjoy beautiful views of the fall foliage.
Boone County Arboretum (photo: Cincinnati Enquirer)
They call it a living museum for a reason. With more than 3,600 trees and shrubs, the Boone County Arboretum features everything from ginkgo and maple to redwood and crabapple trees. There’s also a Children’s Garden and a wildlife viewing area. 859-384-4999, bcarboretum.org
Loveland Bike Trail
Loveland Bike Trail (CincinnatiUSA.com)
Part of a 70-mile paved trail that follows an old railway line through the Little Miami Scenic State Park, the Loveland Bike Trail
is a beloved outdoor attraction. Cruise the scenic route, breathe the crisp fall air, and make a pit stop in the charming town of Loveland. 513-683-0468, lovelandbiketrail.com
Mt. Airy Forest
Fall Color at Mt. Airy Forest (photo: Cody Sowers)
View the fall foliage from up high at Mt. Airy Forest, which has miles of hiking and bridle trails and Ohio’s only wheelchair accessible public tree house. Also, the pups can run in the enclosed dog park and you can play a game of disc golf. 513-541-8176, cincinnatiparks.com
Shawnee Lookout: Miami Fort Trail
Shawnee Lookout (photo: Great Parks of Hamilton County)
Hear the songbirds and migrating warblers as you trek to the top of the Miami Fort Trail. The first overlook features a view of the Miami River Valley, and on a clear day you can see the Whitewater River. 513-521-7275, greatparks.org.
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in the fall (photo: Abby Erwin)
The 733-acre Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
features some of the largest trees in the state. During the autumn months, the leaves turn striking shades of orange and yellow, offering the perfect backdrop for a walk or bike ride. 513-681-7526, springgrove.org
Written by: Sarah M. Mullins