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ODNR Naturalist to visit every state park in 10 day

COLUMBUS – As fall color peaks in the Buckeye State, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Naturalist Richelle Gatto will embark on a 10-day, 2,200-mile trip to all 75 Ohio State Parks beginning October 30. Richelle’s tour will highlight picturesque views, hidden hiking trails, overnight accommodations, and the variety of family-friendly activities available throughout Ohio’s state parks system.

“There’s a state park less than an hour’s drive from every Ohioan, and I’m excited to share the great activities available at each one,” said Richelle. “I love the outdoors and believe everyone can benefit from getting outside and being active.”

Richelle will be sharing pictures and videos on her blog and on social media at each state park as she makes her way north to south to follow peak color. Her tour will include a stay at the reportedly haunted Punderson Manor State Park Lodge on Halloween night!

Richelle will also be answering questions on social media during the 10-day road trip. Members of the media that would like to meet her at a state park or speak with her on the road can contact the ODNR Office of Communications at 614-265-6860. The tour schedule is attached.

As the weather gets colder, Ohio State Parks are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, as cabins and lodges are located around the state and many parks offer winter activities, such as sledding, winter hikes, ice fishing, stargazing, and candlelight tours of historic properties.

Whether you like hiking, boating, fishing, visiting nature centers, or gathering around a campfire, everyone can find their perfect outdoor adventure at an Ohio State Park. For those who enjoy beautiful views, visit for fall activities, scenic road trips, and unique overnight accommodations.

ODNR encourages everyone to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #FallInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. Follow @OhioDNR and @OhioStateParks on Twitter, Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks on

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