JACKSONTOWN– This is the best weekend to enjoy what could be fleeting fall colors this autumn. “We should be in peak color this weekend— should,” said Mike Ecker, Dawes Arboretum’s director of living collections.
“It has been so dry many trees and shrubs are getting ready to drop their leaves even though still mostly green. The best color comes from a moist growing season, and then a dry fall. We’ve been dry for essentially the past four months.”
The Farmer’s Almanac prediction roughly agrees with Ecker, as it shows Ohio’s peak color dates as Oct. 5 through 21.
In the Buckeye Lake Region, some of the best places for fall color viewing in Licking County include Dawes Arboretum, Blackhand Gorge near Toboso, the Denison Bio Reserve near Granville, Dillon Wildlife Area, the T.J. Evans Panhandle Trail between Newark and Johnstown, and Flint Ridge State Memorial.
Fairfield County boasts fine viewing at Rising Park in Lancaster, Clear Creek Metro Park near Rockbridge, Rock Mill near Lancaster, Blacklick Woods Metro Park near Reynoldsburg, and the Fairfield Heritage Trail.
Perry County features plenty of trees at Perry State Forest, Wayne National Forest, and the Avondale Wildlife Area. See TrekOhio.com for a complete list of nature sites for all Ohio counties.