Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive
Explore Cincinnati,  Midwest,  Things To Do In Cincinnati,  Travel

Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive: A Fun Eastside Route

Cincinnati, Ohio, comes ablaze during the fall with vibrant foliage that sets the trees ablaze. One of the best ways to go leaf-peeping is by planning an autumn foliage drive. Not only is this a free fall activity, but you get to explore one of nature’s most beautiful natural wonders.

Our route will include a variety of stops so that you can create your custom leaf-peeping adventure. Whether it is stopping to take a fall hike or to grab a scoop of pumpkin ice cream, this Cincinnati fall foilage drive will have you experiencing some hidden gems throughout the eastside of the city.

Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive

The Cincinnati Fall Foliage Eastside Route

Before you start your journey, upload the map from google maps below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Green Acres Art Center on the map is only open for private eventsDO NOT STOP HERE; JUST KEEP DRIVING! It is listed on the map as a reference point to help guide you to Spooky Hollow Rd. and the Green Acres Farm Store.

Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive Map

Keep in mind that I have a variety of stops along the route to allow you to stop for a variety of different activities. Indian Hill is one of the peak spots for leaf-peeping in the Cincinnati area. With sprawling estates, vast wooded areas, and an abundance of parks, I took my family for scenic drives here for years.

There is a variety of parks highlighted throughout the route to help guide your drive to experience some of the most vibrant streets in the area. Plan your stops or drive the entire route. Either way, it is a great way to experience fall in Cincinnati.

Must See Streets During Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive

  • Muchmore Rd.
  • Drake Rd.
  • Blome Rd.
  • Spooky Hollow Rd.
  • Cunningham Rd.
  • Kugler Mill/ E. Galbraith

Stop In Downtown Milford For A Fall Treat

  • Grab a scoop of seasonal ice cream at the Old Milford Parlor.
  • Pick up a specialty candy treat at Tickled Sweet.
  • Get a seasonal beer at Little Miami Brewing Company.
Free Fall activity in Cincinnati ohio

Stops Along Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive

Fifty West Brewing Company

The driving tour starts at Fifty West Brewing Company for two reasons. First, it is easy to locate along state route 50. Second, it makes a great stop if you are looking to have lunch before your drive. The Burger Bar is a happening spot for all ages, with sand volleyball courts, fire pits, and plenty of outdoor seating.

Known to have one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, the Burger Bar is a simple carry-out window. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy a seasonal while the kids play in the sand. Dogs are welcome in the Beer Garden but must be on a leash.

Address: 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Stanley Rowe Arborteum

A hidden gem that is ideal for visiting during the fall is the Stanley Rowe Arboretum. Stroll through 8.9 acres of magnificent, well-maintained gardens taking time to admire the diverse collection of trees and shrubs. The Arboretum is free to visit, making it excellent fall activity in Cincinnati anytime!

One of the most impressive parts of the Arboretum is the vast collection of trees and shrubs found through the property. Each one has a label and name so guests can identify the different species. Don’t forget to visit the original giant west coast redwood slice, which can be found off a pathway. 

Note: The Arboretum is in a residential neighborhood, and please respect the neighboring properties by staying in the maintained areas of the Arboretum. The Arboretum does have an automatic gate that will open to let guests in.

Address: 4600 Muchmore Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243


Muchmore Rd is one of the prettiest streets to venture up in the fall. Nearly the entire street is wooded on both sides, making it feel like you were driving through a forest.

Scenic Fall Drive in Cincinnati

Detour To Coffee Please

Need to make a detour for coffee? A visit to a local favorite, Coffee Please in Madeira, is a quick stop to grab a tasty coffee treat for your drive. Sip on a pumpkin spice latte during your drive for all the fall feels. Browse the display case for freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, and other treats.

Address: 6930 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45243

Coffee Please in Madeira, Ohio

Stephan Field

While known for its ball diamonds, Stephan Field has a beautiful walking trail for those looking to get out for a quick stroll. There is also a fun playground here for the kids to enjoy.

For those looking for more adventure, Stephan Field is home to one of the Red Bird Hollow Preserve entrances. The trail runs along a creek offering a tranquil autumn hike. It is known as one of the best hiking trails in Cincinnati for dogs! 

Tip: This is not a looping trail, so be prepared to walk back for a total of 3 miles.

Address: 6300 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243

Fall Hikes in Cincinnati

Green Acres Farm Store

A fun stop along the route for fresh produce, meat, and flowers is the Green Acres Farm Store. Pick up a fresh-cut bouquet of fall mums, stock up on those root vegetables for stews and even pick up a dozen eggs. Ensure to check store hours as they are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Address: 8255 Spooky Hollow Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242


Spooky Hollow is one of my favorite streets to venture down during the fall in the daylight or nighttime hours. My father would also tell us ghost stories as we went down this street, especially dark out. Tales of the headless horseman, creepy farm ghosts, and more!

Kelley Nature Preserve

The Kelley Nature Preserve is located in Clermont County in Loveland, OH. The preserve has over a mile of hiking trails along the Little Miami River, Canoe/Kayak access to the river, and picnic tables. Scenic views of the river are throughout the park, including benches that overlook the river near the canoe launch.

Check out this list of nature preserves for more great fall hikes in Cincinnati.

Address: 297 OH-126, Loveland, OH 45140

Kelley Nature Preserve In Ohio

Detour To School House Restaurant

As you enter Camp Dennison, take a slight detour to the School House Restaurant for a homemade country meal served family-style. Grab your seat in the classroom, order off the blackboard, then feast on their famous fried chicken, corn fritters, and delicious sides.

The Camp Dennison School was built in 1864 after the conclusion of the Civil War and was occupied from 1870 – 1952 as part of the Hamilton County School District. It was one of the first 2 room, 2 story brick schools built in the Midwest. One room is the kitchen and the other is now the dining room.

Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive

Whit Acre Park

Tucked away in the heart of Indian Hill is a small park that offers a short .5 mile trail with a great forest setting. It is another excellent fall hike in the Cincinnati Area.

Note: If you wish to bypass this park during your drive, take a left onto E. Galbraith/Kugler Mill from Given. Keep Whit Acre Park in your GPS, so it takes you on Cunningham Rd. from Kelley Nature Preserve. It is a gorgeous street you don’t want to miss.


Cunningham Rd is a stunning street for leaf-peeping along with E. Galbraith Rd./Kugler Mill.

Milford Bike Trail Park

The Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail provides 78 miles of well-shaded trail with many areas to stop. Since the path is well shaded, mother nature displays her best and brightest colors for all to enjoy during the fall months. Bring your bike, take a peaceful stroll and discover why locals love the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail.

Address: 5 OH-126, Camp Dennison, OH 45111

Downtown Milford, Ohio / Little Miami Brewing

Milford is a fascinating small town, with one of our favorite charming downtown areas. Downtown Old Milford is evolving into a dynamic hot spot, full of trendy eateries, boutiques along popular housing developments, all situated along the Little Miami River.

The Governor in Milford Ohio
Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese and Kimchi Tomato Soup at the Governor

Great boutiques such as Lei Marie Unlimited, Roads Rivers Trails, and Enchanted Moments line the main street. Grab a bite to eat at Padrinos, May Cafe, or The Governor. Brew fans will love a visit to Little Miami Brewing, which serves up freshly made pizzas. Discover all there is to do in Milford.

Fall Treat Stop

  • Grab a scoop of seasonal ice cream at the Old Milford Parlor.
  • Pick up a sweet treat at Tickled Sweet. A darling little candy store in downtown Milford.
  • Get a seasonal beer at Little Miami Brewing Company.

Little Miami Brewing Address: 208 Mill St, Milford, OH, 45150

Edible Cookie Dough in Old Milford
Edible Cookie Dough from Old Milford Parlor

Avoca Park

Avoca Park is located along the Little Miami Bike Trail, and it can make a great starting point if you wish to bike up to Downtown Milford or Loveland and back. It is the southernmost trailhead on the Little Miami Bike Trail. The park also offers hiking trails along the river, along with a canoe launch and restrooms.

Address: 7949 Wooster Pike/US 50, Cincinnati, OH, 45227

Other Great Spots To See Fall Foliage In Cincinnati

  • Take a drive through Spring Grove Cemetary.
  • Ault Park offers scenic views along with hiking trails.
  • Alms Park has incredible panoramic views. One is overlooking the Ohio River, the other overlooking Lunken Airport.
  • Mt. Airy Forest is one of the largest parks in Cincinnati, offering beautiful fall drives, picnics, and other outdoor activities.
  • Sharon Woods boasts gorgeous fall colors that reflect off Lake Sharon. Rent a boat, go golfing, or take part in one of the numerous outdoor activities available.

Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive: A Fun Eastside Route

Cincinnati Fall Foliage Drive