Things to Do in Ohio in October

Things to Do in Ohio in October
October events in Ohio offer natural outdoor attractions, parades and historical performances. The fall season draws many tourists to the southern area of the state for scenic tours of the changing of the leaves. Lodging options in this section of the state include primitive camp sites and rustic Amish built cabins. Lake Hope and Hocking Hills also offer kayak, canoeing and horse-back riding facilities.

Rural Appalachian Ohio Revisited Day

The Rural Appalachian Ohio Revisited one-day nature event is held at Lake Hope State Park during the third full week in October annually. This event, often referred to as R.O.A.R. Day, draws immense crowds and features crafts, music, food, hikes, animals, as well as hands-on historical Ohio activities for children. For additional information, visit, or call (740) 596-3030. The Lake Hope office is located at 27331 State Route 278 McArthur, Ohio 45651.

Fort Rowdy Gathering

The Fort Rowdy Gathering is held the first full weekend of October at the community park in Covington, Ohio. This frontier period-themed event offers campfire food, music, a parade, as well as a mountain man encampment along the Stillwater River. For additional information, call (937) 473-5439. The Covington Community Park is located along U.S. Route 36 West, just outside the city.

Grandma Gatewood Trail Hike

Hocking Hills naturalists lead hikers on a 6-mile trek through Old Man's Cave during the annual Grandma Gatewood Trail hike. This event is held in the middle of October each year. This hike is recommended for physically-fit hikers and lasts approximately four hours. Participants travel over rock bridges, cliffs and past waterfalls while hiking from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls. For additional information, visit, or call (740) 385-6841. The park office is located at 19852 State Route 664 South in Logan, Ohio 43138.

Lake Hope State Park Fall Hike

The fall hike at Lake Hope State Park provides participants with comfortable hiking boots the opportunity to explore the Appalachian hills of Vinton County during the peak of the fall foliage season. After a hearty bowl of bean soup and cornbread cooked outdoors, the mile naturalist guided hike begins. Hikers begin at the nature center and end the trek at the historic Hope Furnace area. Visitors also are treated to a cup of freshly brewed Sasssafras tea during the hike among the hills of the Lake Hope area. This event takes place during the middle of October annually. For additional information, visit, or call (740) 596-3030. The Lake Hope office is located at 27331 State Route 278 McArthur, Ohio 45651.

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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