Aerial, Canopy and Kayaking Tours and Hikes and More Show Off Nation's Best Fall Foliage

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Ohio's Hocking Hills region offers unusual and unforgettable ways to experience spectacular autumn show.

With our unique fall tour offerings and the area's gorgeous color, our visitors will experience autumn foliage getaways that truly are second to none.

From the air, the water, horse-drawn carriage -- even by rail, ATV, bicycle or horseback -- the dazzling display of color that lures tens of thousands of autumn leaf peepers to Ohio's Hocking Hills can be experienced in truly novel ways this season.

"The Hocking Hills area offers hundreds of cozy cabins, lovely inns and B&Bs and unique sites, shops and attractions - all set against some of North America's most spectacular fall foliage," said Hocking Hills Tourism Association Executive Director Karen Raymore. "With our unique fall tour offerings and the area's gorgeous color, our visitors will experience autumn foliage getaways that truly are second to none."

The all-new Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours take visitors high above a tapestry of golden yellow, russet brown and fiery red foliage in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. This dramatic Aerial Scenery Tour offers postcard-prefect photo and video opportunities. It's available at incredibly reasonable rates, starting at just $60 for two people, with an additional guest for just $10. (Kids 2 and under fly free.) Breakfast lunch and dinner nostalgia flights are also offered.

Touch the Earth Adventures guide Mimi Morrison shares her unusual way of looking at the area's beauty during a Fall Leaf Paddles offered Oct. 11 from 9:30-12:30 a.m. and Oct. 24 from 2-5 p.m. These unique guided kayak trips let travelers see experience autumn color from far beneath the trees as they gently ply Lake Hope. Beginners are welcome, as expert kayak instruction and all equipment is provided.

Hocking Hills visitors can also soar above autumn's beauty on the Hocking Hills Canopy Tour. Zip line riders hang over colorful woodlands as ten distinctive zips take them over caves, waterfalls, the Hocking River and dramatic gorges awash in autumn hues.

Classic Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides at Lake Hope State Park highlight the season's beauty every Saturday, Oct.10-31 from 2-5 p.m. Beginning at the Lake Hope State Park Nature Center, guests enjoy a free 20-minute ride through Hocking Hills.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway shows off the area's foliage with a historic train ride at 1:30 p.m., every Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1-30. On Oct. 2, visitors can enjoy wine and cheese during the 6:30 p.m. Fall Wine Train, which supports the revered local performing arts venue, Stuart's Opera House.

Oct. 17 offers two free organized scenic fall foliage hikes. The legendary annual Grandma Gatewood Fall Color Hike takes visitors on the six-mile Grandma Gatewood trail, from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls and back, starting at 1 p.m. The three-mile Lake Hope Fall Hike begins at 10 a.m. with a cup of sassafras tea and ends with bean soup and cornbread at Lake Hope Furnace.

Also on Oct. 17, travelers can learn from a pro how to capture the region's gorgeous fall color scenes during The Old Bear's Den Photography Center hands-on workshop. Offering practical, useable knowledge in nature photography, the four-hour workshop is held within Hocking Hills State Park areas. A multi-media program, handouts and lunch are provided.

Hocking Hills Nature Trails offers ATV rental, instruction and ATV trails for riding and experiencing the fall color. In addition, the company offers bicycle rental so that visitors can ride the Hockhocking Adena bike path.

Some half dozen outfitters also make it possible for Hocking Hills visitors to check out the fall foliage on horseback -- or even by mule. Scenic trail and arena rides are offered for as little as one hour to as long as a full day. Some multiple day trips are also available.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE fall activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging options, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and country inns. In addition to numerous hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills area offers unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf and more. Complete traveler information on accommodations and the region's many sites and attractions is available at http://www.1800Hocking.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

Media Contact Amy Weirick, (614) 848-8380 or Amy at WeirickCommunications. com. Consumers visit http://www.1800Hocking.com or call 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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