OH -- Woodlands across most of Ohio remain green and lush this
week. However, tinges of yellow and red are beginning to emerge
in the verdant landscape thanks to a chemical change triggered
by recent sunny days and cool nights, according to the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"It's the cool nights and sunny days in late September that
really bring on Ohio's spectacular Fall Color palette in fields
and forests," said Bill Schultz, fall color spokesman with the
ODNR Division of Forestry. "Some areas are already reporting the
first patches of seasonal color change."
Seasonal events are set this weekend for Mary Jane Thurston
State Park in Wood County; Scioto Trail State Park in Ross
County, Quail Hollow State Park in Stark County, Salt Fork State
Park in Guernsey County, Cowan Lake State Park in Clinton
County, East Fork State Park in Clermont County, Hocking Hills
State Park in Hocking County, Malabar Farm State Park in
Richland County, Kelleys Island State Park in Ottawa County,
Indian Lake State Park in Logan County and Rocky Fork State Park
in Highland County.
To help Ohioans and out-of-state visitors make the most of
this popular touring season, weekly updates are available from
the best Fall Color viewing locations across the state through
1-800-BUCKEYE. Internet users can also find this Fall Color
information at ohiodnr.com.
Ohio's 74 state parks, 20 state forests and 125 state nature
preserves provide excellent locations to sample the splendid
fall foliage. Here are current reports from selected locations: