COLUMBUS – Even though the fall color season is coming to a close, especially with the recent rain and wind, it was a spectacular few weeks to watch the hillsides and woodlands come alive in an always changing palette of reds, oranges and yellows. This weekend will likely provide one last chance for people to enjoy Ohio’s beautiful fall colors.
“Overall, it was a truly great fall color season with lots of vibrant colors, especially in the maples,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “There is still some fall color out there, with your best chances to see it in the coming weeks being in the woodlands, such as our state parks and forests.”
Those interested in finding the most eye-catching 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 color adventure.
Weekly videos from Burdick highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.
Links to fall activities, scenic road trips and unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.
If you are 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.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season and giving the gift of the outdoors with a gift card from Ohio State Parks. These cards can come in any amount and have no expiration date. To learn more, go to parks.ohiodnr.gov/giftcards. And be on the lookout in a couple weeks for an amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal from Ohio State Parks!
Finally, as people begin to rake their leaves, it’s important to remember that Ohio has an open burn ban in effect between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in October and November.
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.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.