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Fall Color Update 4: Dynamic blazes of orange, yellow, red and rust provide perfect backdrop

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:

ODNR Fall Foliage Update #4 - October 14/Podcast Available Online 

COLUMBUS, OH- Dynamic blazes of orange, yellow, red and rust will provide the perfect backdrop for hikers who are ready to reconnect with the natural world this weekend. ODNR is reporting near peak and peak fall foliage in most parts of the state.

"There are many organized hikes planned at Ohio state parks and nature preserves this weekend that will provide Ohioans and visitors to the Buckeye State an amazing perspective of some of the state's most spectacular natural terrain," said Casey Munchel, fall foliage expert for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. "State parks like Lake Hope and preserves like Conkle's Hollow are stunning on a normal day, but when these places are draped with beautiful fall color, the experience is breathtaking."

Ohioans and out-of-state visitors can enjoy their choice of special autumn hikes and hayrides this weekend.

Event

Location

Region

Date/Time

Details

Contact

Fall Hike

Sycamore State Park

SW

Oct. 17, 1 p.m.

At the Overlook Picnic Area off Providence Road.

513-523-6347

Fall Hike

Shawnee State Park

SW

Oct. 17, 9 a.m.

5-mile hike.

740-858-6652

Hayride & Harvest Moonlight Tour

Malabar Farm State Park

NE

Oct. 17, Noon-8 p.m.

Fee for hayrides & house tours.

419-892-2784

Grandma Gatewood's Fall Colors Hike

Hocking Hills State Park

SE

Oct. 17, 1 p.m.

At the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center. 6-mile strenuous hike.

740-385-6841

Cowan Colors Hike

Cowan Lake State Park

SW

Oct. 18, 10 a.m.

At the naturalist cabin. 2-mile relaxing hike.

513-897-2437

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Lake Hope State Park

SE

Oct. 17, 2-5 p.m.

At nature center. Continuous 20 minute rides.

740-596-3030

Fall Open House

Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve

SE

Oct. 17-18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Choose the accessibility of the Lower Gorge trail or the more challenging Upper Rim trail. This event features a pioneer encampment and uniformed naturalists.

740-380-8919

30th Annual Fall Hike

Lake Hope State Park

SE

Oct. 17, 10 a.m.

Meet at the beach shelter house. 3-mile hike. Sassafras tea, bean & cornbread lunch offered.

740-596-3030

Hiking isn't the only reason to get outdoors this weekend. Ohio's deer bowhunting season is open and muzzleloader hunters will be gearing up for the special area muzzleloader hunts that begin October 19. Ruffed grouse and fall turkey seasons are also open and provide opportunities for sportsmen to be afield.

In addition, the brilliance of fall color will add to the excitement of games of disc golf and golf, which can be played on beautiful, award-winning courses at several state parks. Anglers and boaters can also get priceless perspectives of amazing fall foliage as it reflects in the rippling water along miles of shoreline and waterways. 

For more about fall events, activities and fall color viewing opportunities, visit www.ohiodnr.com. Ohioans and out-of-state visitors can also find information about fall foliage by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE or visiting www.discoverohio.com/autumnadventures.

ODNR sites around the state have reported the status of fall color. Here are the most current reports from selected locations:

Location

Region

Color Condition

A.W. Marion State Park

Central

Near peak

Alum Creek State Park

Central

Peak

Beaver Creek/Guilford Lake State Parks

East

Near peak

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Central

Near peak

Buckeye Lake State Park

Central

Changing

Dillon/Blue Rock State Parks

East

Near peak

Buck Creek State Park

West

Peak

Burr Oak State Park

Southeast

Peak

Caesar Creek State Park

Southwest

Peak

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

West

Near peak

Deer Creek State Park

Central

Near peak

Harrison Lake State Park

Northwest

Near peak

Hocking Hills State Park

Southeast

Peak

Hueston Woods State Park

Southwest

Peak

Indian Lake State Park

West

Near peak

John Bryan State Park

West

Changing

Kent Bog State Nature Preserve

Northeast

Peak

Kiser Lake State Park

West

Near peak

Lake Hope State Park

Southeast

Peak

Malabar Farm State Park

Northeast

Changing

Maumee State Park/Forest

Northwest

Near peak

Mohican State Park

Northeast

Peak

Mt. Gilead State Park

Central

Near peak

Pike Lake/Paint Creek

Southwest

Near peak

Punderson State Park

Northeast

Peak

Quail Hollow State Park

Northeast

Near peak

Salt Fork State Park

East

Peak

Shawnee State Park

Southwest

Near peak

Sycamore State Park

West

Near peak

Tar Hollow State Park

Southeast

Peak

Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve

Northeast

Peak

Van Buren State Park

Northwest

Peak

Zaleski State Forest

Southeast

Near peak

COLOR CONDITION KEY: Changing - Still mostly green, less than 25 percent color.

Near Peak - Significant color showing - anywhere from 30 to 60 percent color. Peak - Peak colors - as much as 85 percent showing. Fading - Fading from peak conditions and leaves falling to forest floor.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Continue to look for future reports in this series of updates that will highlight some of the best locations to enjoy Ohio's fall color season. ODNR's web site will post updated reports each Monday. News releases will be issued weekly by ODNR to announce the reports, now through early November. Also at www.ohiodnr.com, hear fall foliage podcasts with information from ODNR's fall color specialist, Casey Munchel.

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