October 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, OH – As the fall color season gradually comes to an end, some pockets of color are still noticeable around the Buckeye State, especially in southern Ohio, according to Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“We are still noticing some vibrant color around the state, including central and southern Ohio,” said Burdick. “These areas will continue to provide the best opportunities for those seeking to enjoy the colors of the season.”
Trees peaking this week include Burdick’s personal favorite, the sweetgum, which can provide yellows, oranges, reds and purples all on the same tree, sometimes on the same leaf. Hickories are also turning golden yellows, and the oaks are showing their deep red and russet hues.
Although the leaves are falling, there are still great opportunities to enjoy outdoor fun at Ohio’s state parks, wildlife areas, forests and nature preserves. Admission to these scenic venues is free and available to all Ohioans and visitors who want to spend some free time hiking, paddling, fishing, golfing or horseback riding. This is a great time to take in the scent of the woods, crunch of the leaves and rush of the crisp, fresh air.
Do not forget that hunting season for three of Ohio’s popular upland game species - ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail – begins Friday, Nov. 1.
Check out Ohio State Parks events happening this weekend at parks.ohiodnr.gov. Some of the highlights include:
Haunted Hocking, Hocking Hills State Park (SE) - Oct. 25-27 at the Old Man’s Cave campground. Campsite and pumpkin decorating, hayrides, trick or treat and movies. For more information, call 740-385-6841.
ROAR Day, Lake Hope State Park (SE) - Oct. 26. Celebrate Rural Ohio Appalachia Revisited (ROAR) at the nature center and dining lodge. For details including the schedule and hours, call 740-596-4938.
Harvest Barn Dance, Malabar Farm State Park (NE) - Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m. Beginners welcome. For more information, call 419-892-2784.
Owl Prowl, Van Buren State Park (NW) - Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at shelter house No. 3. Live owl program and a guided hike. For additional information, call 419-832-7662.
People interested in finding out where the most captivating leaves will be throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, ODNR’s premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season.
This website includes:
Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
Weekly videos from Burdick that will highlight color hot spots around the state and provide information about some of Ohio’s 100-plus tree species.
Links for fall activities, scenic road trips and more, including unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks.
Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? TourismOhio has numerous itinerary ideas and a listing of attractions at discoverohio.com under their Autumn Adventures feature.
ODNR encourages people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using ODNR’s hashtag, #ohiofallcolor2013. Follow @ohiodnr on Twitter and Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Facebook 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.