Southern Ohio Fall Getaways

Highland County, Ohio, is a favorite destination for day trips, weekend getaways, and extended vacations in the foothills of Appalachia. Located within 65 miles of Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, visitors can enjoy an unforgettable weekend away after just a short drive on any of the five major state roadways that connect in the center of the county.

Active visitors will truly enjoy all the opportunities that await in Highland County. With two state parks, nature preserves, and many walking trails, there is something for everyone who enjoys outdoor adventure. Highland County offers boating, fishing, or kayaking options in one of the creeks or lakes. Bike paths, disc golf, recreational parks, and golf courses are popular spots among residents and visitors.

Fall brings a variety of fun-filled, family-friendly activities within the borders of Highland County. Karnes Orchards is a family-owned fruit orchard and on-site market specializing in apples and cider. B Williams Farms LLC near Leesburg offers a variety of family-friendly activities at their farm. They have pumpkins, gourds, and mums for purchase and various activities for kids.

Highland County trails offer a variety of skill levels, and fall is a perfect time to experience the beautiful changing leaves while hiking through breathtaking views. Fallsville Wildlife Area allows hikers to experience a spectacular waterfall display. Both state parks, Rocky Fork State Park and Paint Creek State Park, invite outdoor enthusiasts to meander the trails through mature woodlands and open meadows. Fort Hill, in southern Highland County, boasts 11 miles of trails among the home of several impressive prehistoric Indian earthworks. Highlands Nature Sanctuary is home to a variety of trails for all skill levels on the 2,800-acre preserve. Hikers can study stunning rock formations, ancient trees, and a variety of species of stunning wildflowers.

Overnight accommodations in Highland County range from adventurous camping to luxurious bed-and-breakfast cottages or cabins in remote wooded areas. Stay a night, stay a week, but be prepared to relax and refresh, as Highland County is a gateway to a getaway in Southern Ohio. Lodging options are available for as few as one guest and multiple families. There are also fall camping events at Rocky Fork State Park, Paint Creek State Park, and the Highland County Fair that are always fun for guests of all ages.

With an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, area restaurants offer a wide range of dishes at reasonable prices for every budget. You can also sample the fresh produce at our local farmer’s markets, take a trip to one of the many Amish or Mennonite stores, or bring the kids (young or old) for small-town sweet treats. A local favorite is Terry’s Ice Cream Dairy Bar in Lynchburg, home to the famous Terry’s Crazy Shakes.

Shopping options include everything from handmade crafts to specialty boutique clothing and cosmetics. Many of Highland County’s shops also include items from local artisans and bakers.

Explore everything Highland County offers by booking your next hike, day trip, or weekend getaway! Additional ideas, sample trip itineraries, a calendar of events, and much more can be found at

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