It’s the Most Colorful Time of Year: ODNR to Host Guided Hikes Exploring Ohio’s Phenomenal Fall Foliage

Educational and recreational opportunities available across the state.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s fall color is bursting onto the scene and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is making sure people have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it through guided fall hikes across the state.

“Ohio has unmatched beauty any time of year, but as the leaves turn and the seasons change, this great state is simply stunning,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “Whether it’s a short trek on a state park trail or an uphill adventure in one of our state forests, our amazing staff can lead people through the most majestic places and vibrant colors Ohio has to offer.”

Fall hikes run from mid-October until the end of November and will include State Parks, State Forests, and Nature Preserves. Recreational hikes will be offered, as well as educational walks focusing on wildlife, native trees, conservation efforts, and more. Fall weather can be unpredictable and could impact your hike. People considering heading out, should remember to stay safe and always stay on the trail. Some things to remember before any fall hike:

  • Check the weather forecast and hike route before leaving your home
  • Dress appropriately, fall months are cooler and layers may be needed
  • Stay hydrated and bring snacks
  • Tell a friend where you are hiking and when you plan on returning

Those who can’t make it out for scheduled hikes are encouraged to take advantage of the thousands of trail miles across the state.  Whether it is a guided tour or a solo adventure, ODNR wants to see it. Share your photo on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #OhioFall22.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources