ODNR Releases the 2021 Fall Color Forecast
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Entering the fall season, Ohio’s forests are beginning their transformation into a dazzling display of colors as the leaves change. Throughout the season, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., will be providing weekly updates on the best locations to enjoy unique activities and beautiful hues of autumn.
“The colors of fall make our great outdoors even more beautiful,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk through a state park, nature preserve, or forest and experience the transition of summer to autumn.”
When forecasting fall color, foresters must consider several variables such as sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October. More information on the current forecast is available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.
“It is still early in the season, but northern Ohio can expect to see some changes by the end of the month,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “Ohio’s wide diversity of tree species results in an eclectic range of fall colors, from bold reds to bright yellows. Keep an eye out for Ohio buckeyes, which are usually the first leaves to change.”
Those interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out ODNR’s fall color website, the official guide to the changing colors. The website includes:
• Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure;
• Ideas for scenic road trips;
• Unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks; and
• Fun activities to do around the state.
Share your fall color photos using #FallinOhio and #OhioFindItHere. For more fall color photos, follow ODNR, Ohio State Parks and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ohiodnr, @OHStateParks and @Ohio.FindItHere.
The Ohio Division of Forestry promotes the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit Forestry.ohiodnr.gov. Follow us on Facebook @odnrforestry and on Instagram @odnrforestry (instagram.com/odnrforestry).
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.