Best Places for Fall Colors in Cincinnati

Here in Cincinnati, fall is the most beautiful time of the year – and everyone needs to get outside and enjoy it. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and it’s high time to get outside and explore. Here are just a few of our local picks for gorgeous bike paths, trails and parks that you’re sure to fall for.

Alms Park

Offering a magnificent view of the Ohio River, Alms Park in the fall is breathtaking. From its heights, one can see the juncture of the Little Miami River with the gigantic bend of the Ohio, the hills of Kentucky, Lunken Airport and panoramic valleys.

Ault Park

Cincinnati has plenty of parks, one of the legacies of its rich history, but Ault Park is extra special. The combination of big, open lawns and wooded areas, observation points and gardens, playgrounds and the signature Italianate pavilion make it a gem. It is great for running, with lots of hills and variety. There are a few hiking trails and tons of wonderful scenery and flowers.

Burnet Woods

A must see spot for fall foliage, Burent Woods is a 90-acre park near the University of Cincinnati. With beautiful hiking trails, playgrounds and a fishing lake, you just can’t go through fall without seeing the changing leaves at Burnet Woods.

Boone County Arboretum

This living museum has over 3,600 trees and shrubs, making it the ideal location to take in the changing colors. 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.

Caldwell Nature Preserve

Caldwell Nature Preserve is home to a variety of wildlife including reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Also featuring a Nature Center and 3.5 miles of nature trails, including a level-paved trail that makes it possible for wheelchair users to go into the woods and get unclose and personal with the changing leaves.

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve

This charming little park is hidden in a busy area of Colerain, but you’d never guess it while wandering through the .6 mile Pin Oak trail. This small city oasis is the perfect spot for kids of all ages and for fall.

Loveland Bike Trail

Our beloved 70 miles of connected trails within the “Loveland Bike Trail” and the Little Miami State Park was previously the Pennsylvania Railroad! Said railroad cut through the forests and towns all over Cincinnati. When the trains stopped operating, it became the Multi Purpose Paved Trail we have today that is perfect for bike rides or a stroll. Around Downtown Loveland there are stops along the trail including a small park, nature center, shaved ice cream shack, sweets shops, restaurants, and more.

Mt. Airy Forest

With over 1,400 acres of of land featuring trails, activities, shelters, and more, Mt. Airy is the perfect quick escape for an afternoon. You’ll find well-marked trails, the big beautiful park in the middle of an urban area, and a huge treehouse that everyone can enjoy. You’ll definitely want to pack a picnic to sit back and enjoy the changing colors of the seasons.

Redbird Hollow Preserve

There’s so much greenery along this trail that you’ll forget you’re still in Cincinnati. Bring the family and your four-legged friend on the path that runs parallel to a creek — setting a lovely soundtrack to a hike alternating between bubbling rapids and peaceful trickling of water.

Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove

Overlooking the majestic Ohio River Sawyer Point offers something for everyone. This beautiful mile long Park features beautiful landscapes, award winning playgrounds, numerous pieces of public art and walking paths.

Sharon Woods 

Who doesn’t love a park with waterfalls? Beautiful park and trails that are well maintained and clearly marked. At a little over 700 acres, Sharon Woods has the space to offer something for everyone.

Shawnee Lookout

Well-known for its history and heritage, this 2,017-acre hilltop park also boasts nature trails with breathtaking views of the river valley below. The view after the climb will make the hike worth it.

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