COLUMBUS, OH – Near peak conditions are becoming evident across the northern part of Ohio while the rest of the Buckeye State is still seeing predominantly green hues, according to Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“Honey locusts and black walnuts are now adding yellows to the mix with near peak conditions beginning to take shape in the northern part of the state,” said Burdick. “For a scenic drive, I recommend the I-77 corridor from Marietta to Canton or in the Cuyahoga Valley area, which should be a picturesque backdrop amid the weekends forecasted sunny skies.”
Burdick also noted that walnuts and acorns are beginning to drop, providing opportunities to view native wildlife attracted to such a readily available food source.
Fall wild turkey hunting opens in 48 Ohio counties on Saturday, October 8 and continues through Sunday, November 27. Ruffed grouse hunting season also starts Saturday, October 8 and runs through January 31, 2012. For more info on fall wild turkey or ruffed grouse hunting, go towww.wildohio.com.
This coming weekend, check out the following events at one of your Ohio State Parks…
Fall Festival & Campout, Alum Creek (C) – Oct. 7-8. Celebrate the season with campsite decorating and costume contests, pumpkin carving, treats & crafts. All reservable campsites are booked for this event; however, a limited number of non-reservable campsites are available on a first-come first served basis. Check campsite availability at www.ohiostateparks.org. For more information about the event, call (740) 548-4631.
Halloween Campout, Paint Creek (SW) – Oct. 7-8. Get ready for Halloween with campsite decorating and costume contests, hay rides & trick or treat. All reservable campsites are booked for this event; however, a limited number of non-reservable campsites are available on a first-come first served basis. Check campsite availability at www.ohiostateparks.org. For more information about the event, call (937) 981-7061 or (937) 393-4284.
Halloween Campout, Lake Loramie (NW) – Oct. 7-9. Join fellow campers for seasonal fun including pumpkin carving, campsite decorating, trick or treat, movies, games & a potluck supper. All reservable campsites are booked for this event; however, a limited number of non-reservable campsites are available on a first-come first served basis. Check campsite availability atwww.ohiostateparks.org. For more information about the event, call (937) 295-2011.
“Louie” Historical Drama, Malabar Farm (NE) – Oct. 7-9. Package includes a house tour, BBQ dinner, and theatrical production of Louis Bromfield’s life story. Fri. & Sat. performances start at 7 PM; dinner at 6 PM; self-guided house tours 4-6 PM. Sun. performances start at 3 PM; dinner at 2 PM; self-guided house tours Noon-2 PM. Tickets are $35 per person. (419) 892-2784.
Fall Color Walk, Malabar Farm (NE) – Oct. 8, 10 AM-Noon. Meet at the visitor center for a pleasant two-mile hike along color drenched trails through woods and meadows. (419) 892-2784.
Autumn Lighthouse Festival, Marblehead Lighthouse (NW) – Oct. 8, 10 AM-5 PM. This annual festival highlights the best of the community of Lakeside and its Lake Erie heritage with historic displays, entertainment, crafts, food & lighthouse tours. For more information about the event, call(419) 734-4424 ext. 2 or www.lake-erie.com.
Fall Color Canoe Paddle, Van Buren (NW) – Oct. 9, 2-4 PM. Get some exercise and an eyeful of stunning fall color. A limited number of canoes are provided, and a $10 donation is requested per canoe. Participants must pre-register. To pre-register and for more information about the event, call(419) 832-7662.
The ODNR fall color Web page 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 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 www.discoverohio.com under their Autumn Adventures feature. And don’t forget to fall ODNR on Facebook and Twitter all season long.
Ohio’s 75 state parks, 21 state forests and 134 state nature preserves provide excellent locations to view fall foliage. Here are the most current reports from selected locations:
|Alum Creek/Delaware/Mt. Gilead||Central||Changing|
|Beaver Creek/Guilford Lake||East||Changing|
|Deer Creek||Central||Near Peak|
|Hueston Woods||Southwest||Near Peak|
|Indian Lake||West||Near Peak|
|Malabar Farm||Northeast||Near Peak|
|Paint Creek/Pike Lake||Southwest||Changing|
|Tar Hollow||Southeast||Near Peak|
|Van Buren||Northwest||Near Peak|
|Wing Foot||Northeast||Near Peak|
COLOR CONDITION KEY: Changing – Still mostly green, less than 25 percent color. Near Peak – Significant color showing – anywhere from 30 to 60 percent color. Peak – Peak colors – as much as 85 percent showing. Fading – Fading from peak conditions and leaves falling to forest floor.
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