COLUMBUS – As autumn progresses, don’t forget to get out
to a state park, nature preserve or forest to enjoy the many free amenities
that they offer as well as the visual majesty that fall color provides. Peak
conditions are now being seen throughout the state, according to the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“This coming weekend will be the best opportunity to get
outside and see fall color at its peak across the Buckeye State,” said ODNR
Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “Trees now showing their true colors include
the hickory (golden hues), sassafras (oranges, reds and purples) and the
yellow-poplar (yellows). Once the leaves start to change, the longevity of
color depends on timing of strong winds and rains or a hard frost or freeze.”
This is also a great time of year to get away for a day or
two and spend the night at one of our 74 state parks by enjoying a cozy
campsite or cabin. Ohio State Parks currently offers an array of specials for
fall color lovers, including veteran and senior discounts. Make a reservation
today at ohiostateparks.reserveamerica.com.
Those interested in finding the most eye-catching natural
fireworks throughout the fall color season should check fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov,
Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:
Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall
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.
Finally, are you looking for some great fall getaway ideas?
Get inspired by visiting discoverohio.com
to find out where the best festivals, pumpkin patches or fall activities are
happening this weekend.
As an added bonus, ODNR and TourismOhio are offering a Best
of #OhioFall15 Photo Contest. Post your Ohio Fall Foliage photos to Instagram
or Facebook using the hashtag #OhioFall15 by Nov. 30, and be sure to follow
@OhioDNR and @ohiogram and like the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and
Discover Ohio on Facebook. Five winners will be selected to win a branded
walking stick made from Ohio wood.
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