Your Hocking Hills Fall Activities Guide

Millions of adventurers head to Hocking Hills State Park every year, most of them planning their vacation during the warmth of summer. However, our Ohio parks remain open year-round, and every season offers a unique backdrop for your adventures. And fall is an especially beautiful time of year, transforming our rolling forests into vibrant shades of reds, yellows, and oranges. The Hocking Hills fall season is the perfect time to get outside, take a deep breath of autumn air, and explore our sparkling waterfalls, wooded trails, water-carved gorges, and recess caves. 


Stay with Chalets in Hocking Hills, and you will have 50 cabins to choose from close to the fall activities in Hocking Hills State Parks. It’s time to grab your beanie and put on your finest flannel for an epic fall getaway in Ohio!

Witness Hocking Hills Fall Foliage with These 5 Activities

Fall colors in Hocking Hills usually peak in mid to late October. Keep up to date with Ohio’s fall color report to discover the best time to plan your getaway. 

  1. Experience Hocking Hills Fall Hiking

More than 25 miles of hiking trails wind through the region, offering stunning natural beauty to discover this fall. Explore on your own, or join us on a guided fall hike through Hocking Hills. 

Join a local naturalist for Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike that will take you from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls. Or choose The Lake Hope State Park Annual Fall Hike instead. 

  1. Horseback Riding in Hocking Hills

If you want to see the beauty of our wooded trails without the strain of hiking, we recommend signing up for a fall horseback ride. Outfitters like The Spotted Horse Ranch offer guided horseback rides where you can explore wooded trails and enjoy a complimentary lunch.

  1. See Fall Foliage From Above

Take in views of foliage from new heights with Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. They offer over 60 ziplines that travel above treetops, waterfalls, and caves. You can find even more guided canopy tours with Valley Zipline and Chalets guests receive $15 off when you use our code oldmanscavechalets1.

  1. Drive the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway

The Hocking Hills fall season is the best time to take a drive on the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway. The 26-mile route connects all six Hocking Hills state parks and winds past historically significant sites.

  1. Attend Fall Festivals in Hocking Hills

Make your getaway memorable by planning your vacation around one of our local fall activities or festivals. The area’s biggest event is the Circleville Pumpkin Show, offering a festival full of colorful parades, pumpkin contests, live entertainment, and delicious fall treats. 

Fall in Love with Our Ohio Cabin Rentals

The magic of the Hocking Hills fall season is short-lived, but there is still time to witness the season’s beauty with Chalets in Hocking Hills. Spend your days hiking, horseback riding, or ziplining through the foliage before returning to your Hocking Hills cabin rental. Then kick off your boots and snuggle up next to the fireplace in your cabin for the perfect end to any fall day. Plan your autumn escape today!