COLUMBUS – As the days grow shorter and the nights a little cooler, signs of autumn will begin to emerge. Ohio’s forest canopies will soon begin their color transformation to strong reds, vivid yellows and bold oranges that encourage people to visit the Buckeye State to catch that first glimpse of color. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with TourismOhio, will help people find the best locations to view the changing colors throughout the fall.
Predicting the timing of changing leaves is not always easy, but beautiful fall color will surely be visible in Ohio this season. ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick expects the fall colors to run a little late this year due to the rains this spring and early summer. She is forecasting peak color in northern Ohio to be seen in mid- October. Central Ohio leaf color should peak at the end of the third full week in October, and southern Ohio should peak in late October. The current forecast, along with informative videos, are available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.