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This May Be The Peak Fall Color Weekend Coming Up

24 Oct , 2019  

Ohio’s state parks, forests, and nature preserves are always free to enter and are starting to display a dynamic palette of oranges, yellows, and reds that provide the perfect backdrop for hikers enjoying the fall color this weekend. Near peak and peak conditions are expected across most of Ohio this coming weekend according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“While the fall rains are welcome to relieve drought conditions, the rain combined with winds will drive many leaves off the trees,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “Get outside and enjoy Ohio’s beautiful fall colors while there’s time, and check out the many special events and accommodations ODNR has to offer.”

If you can sneak away, Friday might be your best bet. The Mansfield area weather forecast currently calls for at least a 60% chance of rain on both Saturday and Sunday.

Fall is a great time to stay overnight in one of your Ohio State Parks. Overnight accommodations include cabins, lodges and campgrounds, as well as more unique options like yurts. Many of our state park cabins have been recently renovated to offer upgraded amenities like fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, and cable tv. For more information or to book your stay, go to ohiostateparks.org.

People interested in where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
    Informational videos about Ohio’s native trees.
    Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, and unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Local reported colors in state parks include:

  • Mohican State Park – Near peak
  • Malabar Farm — Near peak
  • Mount Gilead — Peak

ODNR and Ohio. Find It Here. encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #FallInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks and @OhioFindItHere on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

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