COLUMBUS, Ohio – As fall color continues to take hold in the Buckeye State, don’t forget to take advantage of numerous autumn adventures, including Halloween campouts, haunted trails, and plenty of family-friendly activities.
“While the leaves are still just starting their fall color transformation, we are starting to see more colors along the edges of woodlands and in urban areas,” said Greg Smith, ODNR’s fall color forester. “People that spend the weekend hiking, biking or hunting not only have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful fall foliage, but many Ohio State Parks are hosting campouts, hayrides, pumpkin carving events, and costume contests.”
This is also a great time of year to enjoy disc golf in Ohio’s State Parks. More than 20 parks have disc golf, and there is no fee to play. Some parks even have rental equipment available. For more information on disc golf, go to parks.ohiodnr.gov/discgolf.
Plan to spend a day in beautiful Hocking County on October 26 at the Hocking State Forest Fall Color Tour. The Division of Forestry will be hosting a day filled with demonstrations about forestry and wildfire fighting, a hay wagon ride through the forest with resource professionals, and a bowl of bean soup cooked over a fire. The event is free, and more information can be found at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.
People interested in where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:
• Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, and unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.
ODNR and Ohio. Find It Here encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #FallInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks and @OhioFindItHere on Instagram to see more fall color photos.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
Ohio. Find It Here., operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio’s $46 billion tourism industry. For more, visit Ohio.org.
Color Condition Key for the Fall Color Report: Mostly Green – no real fall color seen. Changing – still mostly green, less than 25% color. Near Peak – significant color showing – anywhere from 30-60% color. Peak – peak colors – as much as 85% showing. Fading – fading from peak conditions and leaves falling to the forest floor.