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September
23

Fall Foliage Tour - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Summer may be over, but don't start hibernating just yet. Spectacular fall foliage is a great reason to head outdoors and hit the road or the hiking trails. Plan a day trip to view incredible color displays at these amazing locations around Northeast Ohio.

Malabar Farm State Park

4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH 44843

The history of Malabar Farm State Park is as colorful as the falling leaves of autumn. Louis Bromfield, Mansfield native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, built the "Big House" as a refuge from the war-torn France of the 1930s, where he and his family had been living. Bromfield's good friends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married at the farm, which also served as a filming location for The Shawshank Redemption. Today, visitors can tour the farm and house while kids enjoy the petting barn animals. Explore the full splendor of the grounds on a farm wagon tour. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Admission is free, with a $3 per person charge for farm wagon tours. 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

15610 Vaughn Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141

When it comes to outdoor adventures in Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is bound to be at the top of the list. With 33,000 acres of stunning landscapes, including 20 miles of the Cuyahoga River, the park provides a beautiful oasis not far from the region's urban areas. Hike along more than 125 miles of pet-friendly trails or get a different perspective canoeing or kayaking on the Cuyahoga River. The park has been named an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the National Audubon Society, making it a great place to view our fine feathered friends as well as foliage. Admission is free, and park grounds are open 24/7.

Atwood Lake Park

9500 Lakeview Road NE, Mineral City, OH 44656

Get in some late-season boating on the namesake body of water at the center of Atwood Lake Park. Pontoons, fishing boats, sailboats, canoes, and kayaks can all be found on the lake. When you're ready for dry land, hike the pet-friendly trails which range from easy to challenging. Climb to the top of the observation tower for panoramic views of the surrounding foliage. The park also has a leash-free dog park where Fido can romp to his heart's content. Plan your trip along SR 212 from I-77 to the park for additional leaf viewings. Atwood Lake Park is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free from Labor Day until Memorial Day.

Patterson Fruit Farm

8765 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

Leaves aren't the only things coming out of trees during fall. Have fun picking your own Honeycrisp and Gingergold apples at Patterson Fruit Farm. Several generations of Pattersons have been involved in running the family farm, dating back to patriarch Augustus and his wife Vandora in 1879. Don't miss their annual Family Fun Fest, which includes seasonal activities such as a corn maze, wagon rides, and pumpkin paintings. Afterward, stop by the farm market to take home some apple cider, maple syrup, and freshly-baked donuts. Orchard hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. The Family Fun Fest runs from September 17 - October 30 and admission is $6 Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday through Sunday.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

27 Ridge St., Akron, OH 44308

All aboard the Fall Flyer! Sit back and relax as you view the autumn colors during a trip along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The two-hour trips pass through the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For the ultimate experience, take in the sights from above through the panoramic glass enclosure in the upper dome. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the cafe car. The train leaves the station at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each Sunday in October. Saturday trips depart at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Independence station at 7900 Old Rockside Rd. Tickets are $20-$30.

Holden Arboretum

9550 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094

"Bird's-eye view" is more than just an expression at Holden Arboretum. The breathtaking Canopy Walk spans 500 feet at a height of 65 feet above ground, offering incredible views of the forest and stream below. Want to catch some more air? Head to the Emergent Tower, which rises a full 12 stories above ground for sightlines all the way to Lake Erie. Other attractions include miles of hiking trails, 200 acres of cultivated gardens, and Stebbins Gulch, one of the most unspoiled preserves in Northeast Ohio. Leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds. Arboretum hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for ages 3-12.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

27 Ridge St., Akron, OH 44308

All aboard the Fall Flyer! Sit back and relax as you view the autumn colors during a trip along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The two-hour trips pass through the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For the ultimate experience, take in the sights from above through the panoramic glass enclosure in the upper dome. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the cafe car. The train leaves the station at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each Sunday in October. Saturday trips depart at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Independence station at 7900 Old Rockside Rd. Tickets are $20-$30.

Lanterman's Mill

1001 Canfield Rd., Youngstown, OH 44511

Whether you use a top-of-the-line digital camera or a smartphone, Lanterman's Mill is one of the more photogenic spots in Northeast Ohio. In addition to the mill itself, a historic building perched alongside a picturesque waterfall, a classic covered bridge sits nearby. East Gorge Walk and West Gorge Trail take you further into the lush landscape around Mill Creek. The mill is open for tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday until the end of October. Admission is $1-$3. 

State Road 534

Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041

Why not revive the tradition of Sunday family drives? Start at charming Geneva-on-the Lake and head south to Windsor along State Route 534. Dense forests, acres of vineyards, and two covered bridges offer some incredible sights. If you're in the mood for a lengthier trip, mark your calendar for the annual Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival on October 8-9. Visit all 19 covered bridges in the county, including the longest and shortest in the United States. 

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