Great Ways to Craft Your Own Autumn Adventure

. October 19, 2016.
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Blue Autumn 

Hike and bike all four corners of our great state of Ohio this fall on the Buckeye Trail comprised of a series of linked trails weaving their way through forty Ohio counties. Marked by bright blue markers, called blazes, the trails offer adventure on county and township roads, through picturesque towns, and cities alive with culture. The path invigorates alongside  sparkling rivers, lakes, and streams, with the beauty of wide open rural vistas and the peaceful solitude of woodlands. Check out Buckeyetrail.org to view section maps, to take guided tours ((BT Circuit Hikes) or to blaze your own trail.

Quick Color Fix

Something about autumn beckons us to the open road. Ohio has 26 Scenic Byways. According to Tom Barrett, Scenic Byways Coordinator with the Ohio Department of Transportation, “Ohio’s collection of state, and federally-designated byways offers a variety of unique experiences including history, scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, and different regional cultures.”

Visit the website at ohiobyways.com to plan your autumn road trip. Use one of the newest features, story maps, which highlights the not-to-miss gems.

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Get a quick fix of seasonal splendor with these short drives in the Toledo metro area:

Talmadge Rd. between W. Central Ave. and Bancroft— layers of tree branches drape over the roadway creating a sunlit corridor of orange, yellow and red foliage.

Richards Rd. between Bancroft and Hill Ave.— rural-like open rolling fields meld into colorful tree lined neighborhoods.

Sidecut Metropark’s driving trail along W. River Rd. (off Jerome Rd.) rushing Maumee River rapids, paired with  burnished grasses, autumn hues and waterfowl (1025 W. River Rd. Maumee, OH. Visit metroparkstoledo.com for map)

W. Woodruff Ave in downtown Toledo between Cherry St. and Collingwood Ave.— masses of bright yellow leaves make the trees glow.