Camping in Madison County, Ohio

Deer Creek Fall Color Ride

Deer Creek Fall Color Ride
Saturday, October 19, 2013
London, Ohio

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Deer Creek Fall Color Ride! This budget tour is this season's final fling to enjoy the lovely autumn colors along the byways in the Darby Creek and Deer Creek valleys, sponsored by the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails.

The tour consists of two different routes: a 38-mile short loop to Darbydale and around toward London along Deer Creek; and a 77-mile option meandering along Darby Creek to Williamsport and over to the Deer Creek valley via Deer Creek State Park near Mt. Sterling and back to London. All rides will kick off between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. from the Prairie Grass Trail trailhead located behind the Madison County Senior Citizens Center at 280 West High St. in London. The courses will wind through scenic rural countryside in Madison, Franklin, Pickaway, and Fayette Counties, featuring gently rolling terrain.

Both routes start on the Prairie Grass Trail, go to Roberts Pass on the east side of London, and on to the Camp Chase Trail before turning south to Darbydale following rural roads through the two valleys on the way back to London. Since this is a budget tour, you may opt to take a counter clock-wise loop and come back via the bikeway. Also, there are places to stop and refresh along the way at various restaurants, grocery and convenience stores en route - or save your appetite for the many fine restaurants in London post ride. The locations are indicated on our maps, and for London area, see the large map at the Prairie Grass Trailhead.

The $5.00 pre-registration fee includes detailed tour maps, identification number (which must be displayed at all times), and support services. The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails will also have t-shirts available for purchase on the day of the tour for $15.00.

All pre-registrations must be received by Saturday, October 12, 2013. We plan our tour on the number of registrations received. We are sorry but refunds cannot be made if you are unable to ride after you have registered. All registrations received after October 12, including the day of the tour will be $8.00.

How do I get there? London is located in Central Ohio approximately 25 miles west of Columbus. From I-71 take exit 85 (St. Rt. 56). Then go north on St. Rt. 56 into London (10 miles). From I-70, you may take exit 79 (U. S. 42). Then go south on U.S. 42 into London (8 miles). As you enter downtown London, sign-in at the municipal parking lot at 2nd and Oak St. behind Huntington Bank.

The following interactive maps are available courtesy of

38-mile route            Printable .pdf map

77-mile route            Printable .pdf map

(At the Map My Ride site, click on the box with the arrows in the upper right-hand corner to view the routes full-screen.)

Click here to download and print a copy of the tour registration form

PayPal now available

We now offer PayPal as a convenient and secure option for registering.

You will still be required to fill out a registration form and sign the liability waiver when you arrive for the event.
You may want to print one out on our website and bring it along.

When you click on the "Register Now" button,
you will be taken to the secure PayPal website to complete your transaction.

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You are NOT required to have a PayPal account - you can use your major credit card.
This is the link you will click when you get to that point in the process:


You will be returned to our site when your transaction is completed.

You (and fmcpt) will receive a confirmation email from PayPal regarding the transaction.

If you prefer, you can continue to print out a registration form and mail us a check.
Mailing instructions are included on all registration forms.

Deer Creek Fall Colors Tour
Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails
P.O. Box 308
London, Ohio  43140

Visitors since September 24, 2006