Fall Foliage Forays: Mohican River, Ohio

7 destinations for perfect autumn paddling

Mohican River, Ohio. Photo courtesy of the Mohican Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mohican River, Ohio. Photo courtesy of the Mohican Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Whether you're looking for a day trip or want to paddle for a week, the Mohican River is the best the Midwest has to offer. The State Scenic river runs through a verdant, forested valley of maple, oak, ash and poplar that explode with color in the fall, before giving way to swaying fields of corn, wheat and oats. Canada geese, ducks, beaver, mink, turtles, bald eagles and white tail deer populate its banks. Paddling the river is like paddling a timeline—the Holmes/Knox County line is also the Greenville Treaty line, which in 1795 set the border between settlers to the south, and Native Americans to the north.

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This story first appeared in the August 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.