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Fall Colors Currently at Their Peak

October 21, 2015 - 11:19 PM

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

Those interested in finding the most eye-catching natural fireworks throughout the fall color season should check, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
  • 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 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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