With fall on the way, our REALTORS® are excited about a whole new season of possibilities in Mansfield. Cooler days means perfect hiking weather, and as the leaves start to turn, we're about to have some of the best opportunities of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. Be sure to check out a few of our favorite places to go hiking.
- Gorman Nature Center - 2295 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, OH 44907
Gorman Nature Center is one of the most extraordinary outdoor resources Richland County has to offer. Located just a stone's throw from our best Mansfield homes for sale, Gorman Nature Center encompasses 150 acres of forests, fields, ponds, and streams. The Nature Center offers four miles of easy hiking trails that cover gentle, rolling terrain through a wide range of habitats. The public is welcome from dawn to dusk, Tuesday through Saturday.
- Mohican State Park - 3116 OH-3, Loudonville, OH 44842
Mohican State Park spans more than 1,000 acres and offers serene hemlock forests, spectacular views from the Clear Fork Gorge, and an acclaimed 25-mile hiking trail. Visit on 9/28 to take part in a guided 3-mile fall hike on the Hog Hollow Trail, and learn about the biology of fall color. With numerous Loudonville/Perrysville homes for sale nearby, Mohican State Park is always easily accessible for a quick weekend getaway.
- Malabar Farm State Park - 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843
Historic Malabar Farm State Park has been called "America's Most Famous Farm." Once the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, the farm was built in 1939 and remains fully operational to this day. The surrounding woodlands offer a classic example of the Allegheny Plateau's glacier-carved landscape, populated by diverse wildlife and colorful stands of beech, maple, and hemlock. In addition to touring the house and farm, several hiking trails offer exquisite scenery, especially in fall. You can also find many Lucas homes for sale in the surrounding area.
- Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve - 7815 Olivesburg-Fitchville Road, Mansfield, OH 44837
Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve is one of the best spots in the region for watching the leaves change in fall. With over 187 acres of mixed forests and wetlands, Fowler Woods is accessible via a 1.25-mile boardwalk loop trail. Keep in mind that dogs are not permitted.
- Shelby Reservoir & Wetland Trails - 3846 London West Road, Shelby, OH 44875
Offering a wealth of diverse outdoor activities, Shelby Reservoir & Wetland Trails is a peaceful place to reconnect with nature near these Shelby homes for sale. The reservoir is surrounded by quiet forests, and offers a 1.25-mile paved surface around the shoreline, along with a 3-mile wooded nature trail. Canoes and kayaks are permitted on the reservoir, and on a calm day, the changing leaves reflected on the glassy surface of the water offer an incredible view.
- Richland B&O Trail - 158 Plymouth St., Lexington, OH 44904
Stretching over 18 miles across Richland County, the Richland B&O Trail is one of the top spots in this part of the state for hiking and biking. The trail follows an old railroad bed through forests and farmlands, small towns and open countryside. It's lovely in any season, but the changing autumn leaves along the trail brings it to life. A centrally-located trailhead at Lexington Community Park provides easy access just around the corner from Lexington homes for sale.
Richland County offers endless possibilities for anyone who loves the outdoors, from hiking and mountain biking to swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home in Mansfield, Ohio.