ODNR Fall Foliage Update No. 2 – Sept. 26

The first week of autumn is ushering in an array of colors as Ohio begins its fall color transformation, according to Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“A few of our early changers and stressed trees are starting to show color already,” said Burdick. “Buckeye trees are showing their yellows, and a few of the fencerows are starting to show hints of red from the poison ivy and Virginia creeper.”

Burdick said the bright yellows in the tulip poplars are also noticeable earlier than normal this season. While driving through many towns, people may begin to see a few trees, such as maple and ash, changing and dropping leaves. These trees are going dormant early to protect themselves from any further damage.

Ohioans are encouraged to plan their fall getaway at one of the Ohio State Parks. Numerous options are available including our campgrounds, getaway rentals (including yurts and cabins) and lodges. There is something for everyone!

This Saturday is the start of the bow season for white-tailed deer for the hunters across the state. For more info, go to wildohio.com.

This coming weekend, there are several events happening at Ohio State Parks:

Civil War Encampment, Caesar Creek (SW Ohio) – Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Village. Historic re-enactors demonstrate the life of soldiers, including skirmishes. Special activities for kids. Call 513-897-1120 or email caesarscreekpioneervillage.com for more information.

Ohio Heritage Days, Malabar Farm (NE Ohio) – Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Ohio Heritage Days has 75 traditional crafters, antique tractors and living history re-enactors for its 36th annual event. Call 419-892-2784 for more information.

Fall Festival, Indian Lake (NW Ohio) – Sept. 28-30. There will be crafts, games, pony rides, archery and a hot air balloon lift-off. Call 937-843-2717 or 937-843-3553 for more information.

Halloween Bash, Mosquito Lake (NE Ohio) – Sept. 28-29. There will be trick-or-treating, movies, games, bike and stroller parade, campsite and costume decorating contests and a potluck dinner. Call 330-637-2856 for more information.

Remembering Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland Lakefront (NE Ohio) – Sept. 30, 1-5 p.m. at Euclid Beach. See attractions from the historic amusement park, and call 216-881-8141, ext. 3001 for more information.

The ODNR Fall Color website is the premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season, posting weekly color updates and information to help plan leaf-peeping adventures. Weekly videos from ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick will highlight color hot spots around the state and provide informative tidbits about some of Ohio’s 100-plus tree species. This page also offers helpful links for leaf collecting tips, scenic road trips and more.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? The Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism has numerous itinerary ideas at discoverohio.com under their Autumn Adventures feature.

Ohio’s 75 state parks, 21 state forests and 135 state nature preserves provide excellent locations to view fall foliage. To learn more about going on a fall getaway, visit ohiodnr.com/parks.

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