COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio's forests and woodlands will soon come alive
with brilliant hues of red, gold, yellow, purple and orange as the
Fall Color viewing season kicks off around the state.
For Ohioans and out-of-state visitors who want to savor this
year’s foliage at its peak of color, the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources (ODNR) recommends these events at state parks,
forests and nature preserves.
27th Ohio Heritage Days (Malabar Farm State Park - Richland
County) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. September 27-28. Enjoy traditional
crafters, vintage farm machinery and draft horse contests.
Saturday barn dance. Call (419) 892-2784 for information.
25th Pioneer Craft Days (Beaver Creek State Park - Columbiana
County) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. October 4-5. Pioneer skills demonstrated
by crafters and artisans against the quaint backdrop of the
pioneer village and Gaston's Mill.
Rides & Harvest Moonlight Tours (Malabar Farm State Park -
Richland County) Noon - 8 p.m. October 4, 11, 18 & 25. Enjoy fall
color, crisp air and hot cider for $2 per person per 30-minute
ride. Evening “harvest time” house tours offered at regular tour
fee. Call (419) 892-2784 for information.
Autumn Leaves Hike (West Branch State Park - Portage County) 9
a.m. - 5 p.m. October 11. Meet at the west boat ramp and choose
between a 10K or 5K hike to view the fall colors with the Valley
Vagabonds. Call (330) 296-3239 for information.
Fall Walk (Malabar Farm State Park - Richland County) 10 a.m.
October 11. Join a relaxing two-mile guided walk through woods and
fields. Call (419) 892-2784 for information.
Forest Heritage Festival (Tuscarawas County Fairground in
Dover) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. October 17-18. Sponsored, in part, by the
ODNR Division of Forestry. Proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle
Network. Call (614) 265-6704 for information.
Autumn Walk (Quail Hollow State Park - Stark County) 2 p.m.-
3:30 p.m. October 19. Gather at the Spruce Grove picnic area. Call
(330) 877-6652 for information.
Canal Walk (Beaver Creek State Park - Columbiana County) 1-3
p.m. October 19. Meet at Gaston's Mill for a leisurely walk along
the Sandy and Beaver Canal. Call (330) 385-3091 for information.
Frontier Day (Scioto Trail State Park - Ross County) 9 a.m. - 9
p.m. September 27. Come to Caldwell Lake campground for a day of
music, old-fashioned treats and events that celebrate the area's
rich history. Call (740) 663-2125.
Fall Foliage Event (Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve -
Hocking County) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. October 18-19. Spectacular views
of some of Ohio's most beautiful natural scenery. Call (740)
420-3445 for information.
24th Annual Fall Hike (Lake Hope State Park- Vinton County) 10
a.m. October 18 at the shelter house. Three-mile guided hike along
the lakeshore; sassafras tea, bean soup and cornbread at the end.
Shuttles provided. Call (740) 596-5253 for information.
Fall Hike (Shawnee State Park - Scioto County) October 18.
Five-mile hike through Shawnee State Park. Call (740) 858-6652 for
ROAR Day (Lake Hope State Park - Vinton County) 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.
October 25 at the dining lodge and nature center. Celebrate Rural
Ohio Appalachia Revisited through crafts, music and food. Call
(740) 596-5253 for information.
Craft Daze (Stonelick State Park - Clermont County) 10 a.m. - 4
p.m. October 11. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, as well as food,
entertainment and more. Call (513) 625-7544.
Fall Hike (Sycamore State Park - Montgomery County) 1 p.m.
October 19 at the overlook picnic area off Providence Road.
Three-mile or eight-mile self-guided hikes along moderate trails
following Wolf Creek. Call (937) 854-4452.
Buckeye Trail Hike (Pike Lake State Park - Pike County) 8 a.m.-
10 a.m. October 25 from the park concession area. Ride the shuttle
to the starting point and hike the Buckeye Trail back to the park.
Choose a two-mile or six-mile trek. Refreshments provided. Call
Feather & Foliage Festival (Kelleys Island - Ottawa County) 8
a.m.- 4:30 p.m. September 27. Guided bird and tree identification
walks on park trails. Call (419) 746-2258 for information.
Autumn Lighthouse Festival (Marblehead Lighthouse State Park -
Ottawa County) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. October 11. Tour the lighthouse
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and view the Erie Islands in all their fall
finery from the observation deck. Demonstrations, entertainment,
crafts and food in the Keeper's House. Call (419) 797-4530.
Fall Celebration (Mary Jane Thurston State Park - Wood County)
2 p.m. - 10 p.m. October 11. Gather at the day lodge for a birds
of prey program, hayrides, a living history encounter and
entertainment. Bean soup and cornbread dinner. Call (419) 832-7662
Haunted Boardwalk (Maumee Bay State Park - Lucas County) 7
p.m.- 10 p.m. October 17-18. Meet at the Nature Center for
seasonal activities, including a "spooky marsh" tour. Call (419)
836-7758 for information.
Fall Color Tour (Mary Jane Thurston State Park - Wood County )
2 p.m.- 5 p.m. October 18. Canoe up the Maumee River to Turkey
Foot Creek to view the kaleidoscope of color; enjoy hot cider and
donuts at the end. Bring your own canoe or call the park to
reserve one. Call (419) 832-7662.
Fall Festival (Indian Lake State Park - Logan County) September
27- 28 at the campground. Free wagon rides from the parking lot.
Games, crafts, cooking demonstrations and more. Call (937)
Apple Butter Festival (Mt. Gilead State Park - Morrow County)
October 3-4. Hayrides, hikes, homemade apple butter, ham and bean
soup. Regular camping fees apply. Call (419) 946-1961 for
Individuals may call 1-800-BUCKEYE for the Fall Color forecast.
The forecast is also available through the Internet at Ohiodnr.com.
The report will be updated each Thursday, beginning September 25
and through the end of October