Rose Lake CatTail.
Photo credit: Greg Urbanyi

Autumn in Ohio is a feast for the senses. With a wide variety of trees, Ohio forests gradually begin to blaze with brilliant hues of red, gold and orange from September to mid-November. There is a crispness in the air that makes the earthy smell of falling leaves all the more pronounced. It’s a perfect time to visit Ohio State Parks, national forests and nature preserves for a hike, a bicycle ride or a late season paddle to take in the color. Be sure to book early if you want to enjoy a colorful cabin or lodge stay.

Then stop at one of the state’s many farms or roadside stands to pick up some fresh apples, cider, gourds or pumpkins for autumn decorations. Be sure to mark your calendar for a few of the many harvest festivals and celebrations featuring pumpkins weighing thousands of pounds, pumpkin burgers and fudge, sauerkraut balls, caramel apples and warm, mulled cider.

That cider or a hot chocolate and s’mores will be welcome refreshments after a college or professional football game!

Fall Color Report

Final Report - Fall 2015

To help you plan your Ohio fall getaway, we are working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to post weekly fall color updates beginning the last week of September. Reports will be posted showing up-to-date leaf conditions at Ohio state parks.

Click Here to get details on the science of "Why Leaves Change Color" from the Ohio State Parks website.

Click a park to get full details from the Ohio State Parks website.

Color Legend Green Changing Near Peak Peak Fading

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