COLUMBUS, Ohio – Due to the warmer than normal temperatures, leaves are slowly starting their autumn color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). With cooler temperatures forecasted, those colors should soon appear statewide.
“Some fall color is developing slowly in pockets around the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “But with the onset of cooler temperatures, the fall colors of the season will soon emerge. Make sure to plan a trip out to one of our many state parks, nature preserves or forests to see the colors of the season – where there are no admission or parking fees. Locations like Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park and Mohican State Park/Forest, as well as preserves like Conkles Hollow, are stunning on a normal day, but when these places are draped with beautiful fall color, the experience is breathtaking.”
As we head into Earth Science Week (Oct. 13-19), the ODNR Division of Geological Survey is hosting a number of hikes and educational events throughout the state. For more information on those events and Earth Science Week, go to geosurvey.ohiodnr.gov/educational-resources/earth-science-week.
Ohioans should also remember that Ohio is officially in its fall fire season. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. For more information on fall fire season in Ohio, go to forestry.ohiodnr.gov/wildfire.
People interested in where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout th e 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.
• Informational videos about Ohio’s native trees.
• Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, and unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.