COLUMBUS, OH – The highlights of color that are beginning to speckle the canopies of Ohio’s woodlands, along with the cooler temperatures, are signs that autumn is beginning to take hold.
“In many parts of Ohio, we are seeing the first signs of leaf change to yellow and orange,” said Casey Munchel, fall foliage expert for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. “The color change in northern Ohio has been slowed in some areas by a slight drought this summer, but peak color is not long off.”
Leaf peepers can expect to find peak fall color during the second and third weeks of October throughout Ohio.
Ohioans and out of state visitors who are waiting for peak fall color are encouraged to head outside and enjoy the crisp fall days leading up to it. Ohio state parks and nature preserves are offering many family-friendly activities that all can enjoy. Special events and campouts are planned at the following locations this weekend: Alum Creek State Park, Delaware County; Blue Rock State Park, Muskingum County; Malabar Farm State Park, Richland County; Mohican State Park, Ashland County; Mt. Gilead State Park, Morrow County; and Pike Lake State Park, Pike County.
In addition to the organized events, Ohio’s 74 state parks, 20 state forests and 134 state nature preserves provide myriad fall foliage viewing opportunities. The burst of color at the onset of the season provides a perfect backdrop for hikers, bikers or horseback riders who make their way across the hundreds of miles of publicly accessible trails. The brilliance of fall color will add to the excitement of games of disc golf and golf, which can be played on beautiful, award-winning courses at several state parks. Anglers and boaters can also get priceless perspectives of amazing fall foliage as it reflects in the rippling water along miles of shoreline and waterways.
For more about fall events, activities and fall color viewing opportunities, visit www.ohiodnr. com. Ohioans and out-of-state visitors can also find information about fall foliage by calling 1- 800-BUCKEYE or visiting www. discoverohio.com/autumnadventures.
ODNR sites around the state have reported the status of fall color. Here are the most current reports from selected locations:
• A.W. Marion State Park/Central/ Changing
• Alum Creek State Park/Central/ Changing
• Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve/Central/Changing
• Buckeye Lake State Park/ Central/Changing
• Dillon/Blue Rock State Parks/ East/Changing
• Burr Oak State Park/Southeast/ Changing
• Caesar Creek State Park/ Southwest/Changing
• Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve/West/Changing
• Deer Creek State Park/Central/ Changing
•Hocking Hills State Park/ Southeast/Changing
• Indian Lake State Park/West/ Changing