Where to go hiking near Ohio for the best fall foliage

If you’re like me, it’s hard to stay indoors during the fall. Just let me pitch a tent under a canopy of reds, yellows and oranges and leave me there to be surrounded by the colors, the sweet-burnt scent, and the crisp air until November, please. Then ship me off somewhere the trees are still aflame with their fall foliage splendor.

Persistent favorites pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters and pumpkin patches all have their rightful place in autumn. But it’s hiking for me when it comes to the best way to immerse into the simplest but most spectacular essence of the season: the oh-so-fleeting display of color. Autumn drives are wonderful, but a stroll through the woods forces you to slow your pace, look around, breathe, and take everything in, completely unplugged, engaging all five senses (taste if you have a warm drink bottled in a Thermos).