In Ross County, we love the fall season so much we even have a festival named after it! As of today, the Ohio Fall Color Report shows that leaves in our area is starting to change colors. The Farmers Almanac predicts that peak colors will happen between October 5th and October 21st.
Leaf peepers will take to the roads in the next few days for leisurely drives around the county to spot those beautiful colors that our hillsides offer. For those of you who are new to leaf peeping and not sure what routes to take to see the best foliage, our friends at the Fall Festival of Leaves has come up with a Skyline Drives Tour that maps out four loops around Bainbridge for great views of the foliage. We also have a self guided Barn Quilt guide that will take you through many of the communities of Ross County where you can spot Barn Quilts and the scenic landscapes. Ross County is also the only county in Ohio that offers 5 State Parks, 1 National Park, and over 120 miles of trails for hiking and biking to enjoy Nature’s Beauty.
Fall Festival of Leaves is our last festival of the year and is our biggest celebration of the season. This festival takes place starting in the evening on Friday, October 14th and continues through Sunday, October 16th. Families can have a lot of fun during the weekend at the festival. It offers a large variety of vendors, food, live entertainment, and even rides the kids will love.
October is also the month for all of the Halloween festivities. Although Tecumseh Outdoor Drama is closed for the season, Sugarloaf Mountain is full of screams this time of year for Haunted Mountain on Fridays & Saturdays. Walnut Creek Campground hosts the annual Terror in the Hills on Saturdays in October, and Haunted Hills at Magic Waters in Bainbridge offers scares up along their haunted trail on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are many special events that also celebrate Halloween. The historic Majestic Theatre embraces their ghosts and offer up haunted tours on October 22nd, Chillicothe Civic Theatre holds their Halloween Bash on October 22nd, and the library hosts a variety of family friendly Halloween events for their little patrons.
We hope that you can join us in Ross County this year for all the festivities. You won’t be disappointed whether you’re looking for fall fun or fall foliage. There’s something for everyone and you can find all of the upcoming events on our online calendar.