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When it comes to viewing the vibrant fall foliage in North Central Ohio, there are several places that I love to visit but one especially draws me over and over again, the Pleasant Hill Dam outside Perrysville on County Road 917.
The location of the dam is perfect. On one side of the road, visitors are treated to gorgeous lake views and on the other side, you overlook the gorge that runs through Mohican State Park and nearby forest, an area that encompasses nearly 6,000 acres in Ashland County.
In addition to viewing fall foliage at Pleasant Hill Dam, the Pleasant Hill valley offers an abundance of outdoor recreation. From boating and fishing on the lake, to camping, hiking and biking in the park, there is plenty to draw outdoor enthusiasts to the area.
Visitors can park in the parking area at the dam and access two popular trails in Mohican State Park. Part way down the hill across from the dam, you’ll find the trail head leading to Big and Little Lyon’s Falls. Although my family loves to hike to Big Falls, we prefer to access the trail from the parking area near the covered bridge inside the park, as we find that trail more clearly marked.
Our favorite hike from the dam is actually the Pleasant Hill Trail which begins at the base of the hill, across from the dam, and leads to the covered bridge. It’s an easy, level walk along the Mohican River where we often see men fly fishing and turtles basking on logs in the sun.
You’ll find several picnic tables, restrooms and drinking fountain at the Pleasant Hill Dam parking area, but if you’re visiting before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, you’ll probably find them closed so make sure you “go” before your outing and don’t forget to pack some water- even in the cooler fall weather, hydration is important.
Where is your favorite spot to view fall foliage in your area?
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