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News Release
September 8, 2003


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.

Hay 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 information.

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 (740) 493-2212.


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 for information.

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) 843-2717.

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 information.

Individuals may call 1-800-BUCKEYE for the Fall Color forecast. The forecast is also available through the Internet at The report will be updated each Thursday, beginning September 25 and through the end of October

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




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