Hiking to Ash Cave

What To Do in Ohio: Oct. 12-18

Hike among the changing foliage in the Hocking Hills, take a train to a pumpkin patch, and discover more fall fun this week across the Buckeye State.

Explore Fall Foliage in the Hocking Hills: Not sure where to start? Turn to the popular and easier-to-tackle trails leading to Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave and Whispering Cave. Each route showcases the scenic beauty of the region, including mossy boulders, flowing creeks and recess caves. If you’re up for a strenuous hike, head to the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center to take on a 6-mile chunk of the Grandma Gatewood trail. explorehockinghills.com

Find a Fright at Heritage Village Museum: A 19th-century village at Sharon Woods near Cincinnati, Heritage Village Museum welcomes visitors and ghouls for a family-friendly, slight-fright evening on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 24. Meet ghosts, witches, a fortune teller and a cursed archaeologist. Walk through the spooky cemetery. Encounter the headless horseman. After you tour the village, head to the barn to enjoy a classic movie, balloon art, games and more. heritagevillagecincinnati.org

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation's Pumpkin Train
Ride the Pumpkin Train: Hop aboard a quarter-scale train at Findlay’s Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, as it transports your family to a pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25. Find your perfect pumpkin, load it on the flatcar, and complete your train ride back to the station. Make sure to enjoy the other fall activities, games and decorations found throughout the museum grounds this time of year. nworrp.org

Get a Start on Holiday Shopping: The Fall Artists Market at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus is underway, featuring handcrafted work by more than 100 artists from Ohio and across the country. From decorative objects to wearable pieces, shop the selection of beautiful jewelry, functional pottery, ponchos for all seasons, screen-printed tea towels, wooden cutting boards, quirky art and more each day through Oct. 31. ohiocraft.org