Experience the Magic of Autumn in Ohio Amish Country
Fall is a magical time. With the arrival of crisp air and colorful leaves, we have many ways to celebrate the season in Ohio Amish Country.
You’ll see activity all around Holmes County as fields and gardens are harvested in preparation for the cold winter months. Watch the landscape transform from a lush green into a kaleidoscope of fall tones. Where should you begin your adventure?
We recommend heading to local farms before they close for the season. Yoder’s Amish Home near the village of Walnut Creek allows you to explore a working farm and see what goes into fall harvest. The kitchen will likely be busy baking an abundance of sweet treats or canning applesauce, corn, beans and anything else coming out of the garden.
Want to let the kids explore all day in one place? Then The Farm at Walnut Creek, which is home to a variety of exotic and domestic animals, is your stop. Wagon rides across the fields allow all ages to feel young at heart feeding giraffes, water buffalo, fallow deer, and pigs of all sizes. Visit the aviary section of the farm to discover birds from all around the world. The farm also features authentic Amish homes and a barn with items from Amish businesses such as canned goods, baskets, baked goods, leather items and wooden toys.
At Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery, you can pick your own pumpkin and gather other fall essentials such as gourds, fresh kettle corn and apples. Let’s not forget the adorable animals located in the petting area! Spend hours cuddling with baby goats, bunnies, pigs, cows, sheep and of course Big King — a Belgian Draft Horse. He is a sight to see towering over all in the petting zoo with grandeur.
While you are there, make sure to hop in a buggy and take a ride around the property. The drivers are great at answering questions and really enjoy sharing about the farm.
Hillcrest Orchard in Walnut Creek is another wonderful fall destination for apple picking. This orchard is perched on the hillside overlooking the village creating the perfect photo opportunity. The storefront will have gorgeous mums in full bloom, pumpkins, and gourds galore. My favorite is the apple cider — hot, fresh and available in a variety of flavors to fit everyone’s tastes.
Still looking for more ways to make the most of fall days in Ohio Amish Country? No worries. There are plenty of outdoor options to help you embrace all autumn has to offer.