September 25, 2020

25 Ohio Weekend Roadtrip Destinations to Explore This Fall

Fall is the perfect time for a little weekend getaway. And you don't have to go far to satisfy your thirst for adventure. From a haunted reformatory to a field of human-sized corn stalks, a castle made of river rocks and a county full of scarecrows, the Buckeye State is full interesting destinations to explore. For those seeking the fun, the freaky, the natural or the quirky, here's a few spots to include on your next roadtrip.
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Explore the simpler side of life in the Amish town of Millersburg
Millersburg, Ohio
Just over 3 hours from Cincinnati, the quaint town of Millersburg offers a glimpse into traditional Amish culture. Take a trip down its historic downtown strip built along the Amish County Byway and find the Victorian House Museum, shops with handmade furniture and quilts, as well as artisan cheese-makers, bakeries and refreshments at Millersburg Brewing. Stables, farms, and the nearby Black Diamond Golf Course are just a short drive from the town center.
Photo via historicdowntownmillersburg.com

Explore the simpler side of life in the Amish town of Millersburg

Millersburg, Ohio
Just over 3 hours from Cincinnati, the quaint town of Millersburg offers a glimpse into traditional Amish culture. Take a trip down its historic downtown strip built along the Amish County Byway and find the Victorian House Museum, shops with handmade furniture and quilts, as well as artisan cheese-makers, bakeries and refreshments at Millersburg Brewing. Stables, farms, and the nearby Black Diamond Golf Course are just a short drive from the town center.
Photo via historicdowntownmillersburg.com
Take a self-guided tour of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield
100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield
Originally constructed in 1886, this sprawling 250,000-square-foot prison was once the set of the 1994 classic film The Shawshank Redemption, along with several other big-budget movie productions. Explore the grounds and interior through a self-guided audio tour to learn about Mansfield’s troubled past, book a paranormal activity tour or experience the prison while guided by a former inmate.
Photo via Facebook.com/OhioStateReformatory

Take a self-guided tour of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield

100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield
Originally constructed in 1886, this sprawling 250,000-square-foot prison was once the set of the 1994 classic film The Shawshank Redemption, along with several other big-budget movie productions. Explore the grounds and interior through a self-guided audio tour to learn about Mansfield’s troubled past, book a paranormal activity tour or experience the prison while guided by a former inmate.
Photo via Facebook.com/OhioStateReformatory
Go underground at the Ohio Caverns in West Liberty
2210 East State Route 245, West Liberty
The Ohio Caverns, the largest in the state, are a privately owned, two-mile stretch of stalactites, stalagmites, unusual rock formations and fossils. Rain and cold temperatures can’t reach the cave, so the weather won't spoil your visit. Guided tours are offered every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall season.
Photo via Facebook.com/ohiocaverns

Go underground at the Ohio Caverns in West Liberty

2210 East State Route 245, West Liberty
The Ohio Caverns, the largest in the state, are a privately owned, two-mile stretch of stalactites, stalagmites, unusual rock formations and fossils. Rain and cold temperatures can’t reach the cave, so the weather won't spoil your visit. Guided tours are offered every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall season.
Photo via Facebook.com/ohiocaverns
Explore Warren County via train on the LM&M Railroad
16 E. South St., Lebanon
Perhaps the greatest way to soak in the stunning colors of fall is by train ride, and the LM&M Railroad, based out of Lebanon, is ready to share the sights of Southwest Ohio. 
The railroad operates over 5-15 miles, traveling through Lebanon, Turtle Creek Township and Union Township (and occasionally Mason or Monroe). LM&M Railroad hosts several special rides throughout the year, including the currently sold-out Pumpkin Express and the winter North Pole Express. 
Photo via Facebook.com/lmmrailroad

Explore Warren County via train on the LM&M Railroad

16 E. South St., Lebanon
Perhaps the greatest way to soak in the stunning colors of fall is by train ride, and the LM&M Railroad, based out of Lebanon, is ready to share the sights of Southwest Ohio. The railroad operates over 5-15 miles, traveling through Lebanon, Turtle Creek Township and Union Township (and occasionally Mason or Monroe). LM&M Railroad hosts several special rides throughout the year, including the currently sold-out Pumpkin Express and the winter North Pole Express.
Photo via Facebook.com/lmmrailroad
Explore Fairfield County’s Trail of Scarecrows
Various locations throughout Fairfield County, Ohio
See some scarily creative scarecrows in Fairfield County this fall. During the month of October, more than a dozen communities in Fairfield County erect homemade scarecrows to get in the spirit of the season — they're dubbed “the scarecrow capital.” Take a self-guided tour, snag some selfies and vote on your favorite one in each community.
Photo: Belle Communication

Explore Fairfield County’s Trail of Scarecrows

Various locations throughout Fairfield County, Ohio
See some scarily creative scarecrows in Fairfield County this fall. During the month of October, more than a dozen communities in Fairfield County erect homemade scarecrows to get in the spirit of the season — they're dubbed “the scarecrow capital.” Take a self-guided tour, snag some selfies and vote on your favorite one in each community.
Photo: Belle Communication
Go fossil hunting at the Trammel Fossil Park
10900 Reading Road, Sharonville
Named after the Trammel Family, this undisturbed hillside draws newcomers and paleontology enthusiasts alike for Ordovician-age fossil hunting. The park offers a pavilion with a kiosk to help learn about and identify fossils, as well as a nearby geocaching site. Because the slope is exposed, be sure to bring sun protection for an undisturbed, all-day rock-hunting experience.
Photo via Trammel Fossil Park’s Facebook

Go fossil hunting at the Trammel Fossil Park

10900 Reading Road, Sharonville
Named after the Trammel Family, this undisturbed hillside draws newcomers and paleontology enthusiasts alike for Ordovician-age fossil hunting. The park offers a pavilion with a kiosk to help learn about and identify fossils, as well as a nearby geocaching site. Because the slope is exposed, be sure to bring sun protection for an undisturbed, all-day rock-hunting experience.
Photo via Trammel Fossil Park’s Facebook
Get lost in the Book Loft of German Village
1631 South Third St., Columbus
Wind and weave your way through 32 rooms full of books at this German Village bookstore. The shop opened its doors in 1977 and expanded eight times before becoming the eclectic literature maze it is today. 
Photo via bookloft.com

Get lost in the Book Loft of German Village

1631 South Third St., Columbus
Wind and weave your way through 32 rooms full of books at this German Village bookstore. The shop opened its doors in 1977 and expanded eight times before becoming the eclectic literature maze it is today.
Photo via bookloft.com
Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House
1340 E. High St., Springfield
This historic stop was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, and was later renovated into apartments in the 1940s. In 2005, the home was restored back to its original Prairie-style design and currently features a lily pond, lush gardens, and beautiful interior design. Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday.
Photo via Facebook.com/westcotthouse

Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House

1340 E. High St., Springfield
This historic stop was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, and was later renovated into apartments in the 1940s. In 2005, the home was restored back to its original Prairie-style design and currently features a lily pond, lush gardens, and beautiful interior design. Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday.
Photo via Facebook.com/westcotthouse
Visit the National Museum of the United States Airforce
1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton
Pay a visit to the National Museum of the United States Airforce at the Wright-Paterson Air Force Base in Dayton and explore military aviation history. The museum features over 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, plus historical and interactive exhibits that show the impact of Dayton’s Wright brothers on today’s aircrafts. Admission is free and guests can visit daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Photo via Facebook.com/AFmuseum

Visit the National Museum of the United States Airforce

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton
Pay a visit to the National Museum of the United States Airforce at the Wright-Paterson Air Force Base in Dayton and explore military aviation history. The museum features over 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, plus historical and interactive exhibits that show the impact of Dayton’s Wright brothers on today’s aircrafts. Admission is free and guests can visit daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Photo via Facebook.com/AFmuseum
Explore ancient earthworks at Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73, Peebles
History buffs will love a visit to Serpent Mound, the largest ancient earthworks site in the world. At over 1,300 feet long and dating between 1,000-2,000 years old, this mound was built by people of the Adena culture and has been carefully studied, yet still baffles some scientists. With a shelter area for picnicking, several additional archeological sites, and beautiful wooded grounds, a trip to Serpent Mound promises a full-day getaway.
Photo via arcofappalachia.org

Explore ancient earthworks at Serpent Mound

3850 State Route 73, Peebles
History buffs will love a visit to Serpent Mound, the largest ancient earthworks site in the world. At over 1,300 feet long and dating between 1,000-2,000 years old, this mound was built by people of the Adena culture and has been carefully studied, yet still baffles some scientists. With a shelter area for picnicking, several additional archeological sites, and beautiful wooded grounds, a trip to Serpent Mound promises a full-day getaway.
Photo via arcofappalachia.org