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News Release
September 8, 2003


COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio's roadways provide some of the best places to view the state's colorful autumn countryside. Spectacular new views appear at every bend in the road in some areas.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recommends this sampling from among the most popular fall color driving tours in Ohio. Many of these routes also offer opportunities to stop at nearby state parks, forests and nature preserves for up-close views of Ohio's annual woodland fireworks.



bulletRoss US 50, from Chillicothe southwest to Bainbridge
bulletRegional I-71, from Delaware north to Mansfield (construction)
bulletDelaware SR 315, from I-270 north to Delaware
bulletDelaware SR 745/247, from SR 161 north to Prospect
bulletLicking SR 13, from I-70 north to Newark/Heath


bulletRichland/Ashland SR 97, from I-71 east to Loudonville
bulletAshland/Knox SR 3, from Loudonville south to Jelloway
bulletRegional SR 534, from Damascus north to Harpersfield
bulletGeauga/Portage SR 700, from Burton south to Freedom
bulletGeauga/Lake SR 608, from Middlefield northwest to I-90
bulletSummit I-271 and I-80, over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
bulletMedina/Summit/Portage SR 303, from Hinkley east to Shalersville
bulletHolmes SR 39, from Loudonville east to Sugarcreek and I-77


bulletEast Central I-77, from Canton south to Marietta (some construction)
bulletJefferson SR 151, from SR 7 west to Hopedale


bulletMorgan SR 78, from Glouster northeast to McConnelsville
bulletHocking SR 374 and 664, around the Hocking Hills Region
bulletHocking/Vinton SR 278, from Nelsonville southwest to Prattsville
bulletMeigs SR 681 and SR 248, from Tuppers Plains to Keno
bulletJackson/Lawrence SR 93, from Oak Hill south to Ironton
bulletMonroe/Washington SR 26, from Woodsfield to Marietta


bulletWarren I-71, over Little Miami River Gorge (construction)
bulletScioto Shawnee State Forest and Shawnee State Park Roads
bulletRegional US 50 and SR 32/124 (The Appalachian Highway), from Athens west to Cincinnati (some construction)


bulletRegional SR 65, SR 424 and SR 111, from Perrysburg southwest to Defiance
bulletRegional SR 105, SR 163 and SR 53, from Bowling Green northeast to Catawba Island

Many Ohio waterways also provide excellent Fall Color viewing. Because they are in a moist environment, trees and shrubs along Ohio's rivers, lakes and streams tend to show color brilliantly and hold that color longer. A late season canoe or powerboat trip on a favorite waterway can be a treat for the senses. However, ODNR advises boaters to take extra caution during fall outings when air and water temperatures are lower. A well-fitted life preserver is the best safety measure late-season boaters can take.

Fall Color Reports are available each week (beginning September 25) through 1-800-BUCKEYE. Internet users can access the forecast and other seasonal information on the Internet at .

For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at
For Further Information or Photos Contact:
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860




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