Experience the Beauty of Fall Color in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – For many Ohioans, autumn represents pumpkin-carving, the harvest season, Halloween campouts and corn mazes. Spotting the first glimpse of fall color – seeing the leaves changing to strong reds, vivid yellows and bold oranges – is also a favorite fall activity. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with TourismOhio, will help people find the best locations to view the changing colors throughout the fall color season.

“Autumn is a great time to explore the outdoors and experience everything Ohio has to offer,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Fall color in Ohio is something the entire family can enjoy together. We want to encourage everyone to get outside and experience the fun events and natural beauty that take place each October all across our great state.”

Forecasting fall color is not always easy as foresters must take into account several variables, such as sunlight, temperature, wind and rainfall when calculating the brilliance and longevity of Ohio’s autumn color. ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick does expect a great fall color season that may appear in two phases.

First, some trees will be changing in late September, especially in urban locations or low lying areas where trees could be reacting to the stress caused by the hot dry summer. The rest of the state may experience a delayed fall color season, as much as a week in some areas, before peak color is on display. This early forecast means that peak in northern Ohio will be the middle of October, central Ohio the end of the third week of October and southern Ohio peaking in late October. The current forecast, along with informative videos, are available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.

People interested in finding out where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure (beginning Thursday, Sept. 29).

Weekly videos from Burdick highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? Get inspired by fall color tours, the aroma of apple butter simmering, the tastes of the fall harvest, the crunch of leaves underfoot and more at ohio.org/fall.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall16. Follow @ohiodnr and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Discover Ohio on Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks and @Ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

Ohio State Parks is also having a photo contest this fall. Help us highlight the best of the great outdoors in a variety of categories for a chance to win great prizes, including free camping and gift cards! Enter today at ohiostateparksphotocontest.reserveamerica.com.

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.

TourismOhio, 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 $42 billion tourism industry. For more, visit Ohio.org.