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ODNR Shares Final Ohio Fall Color Report

28 Oct , 2022  

photo of trees during fall

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The vibrant colors of fall are fading in most parts of the Buckeye State, but there are still a few spots of peak color left.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is calling this the best fall color season in years.

“While there are still pockets of peak colors throughout the state, most leaves are beginning to fade and fall off the trees,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “I recommend everyone get out now and enjoy the last days of a fantastic fall color season! A great way to enjoy the outdoors this time of year is to visit one of the numerous historical locations we have across the state including pioneer villages, fire towers, and even memorials.” 

To celebrate Ohio’s unique and diverse history, ODNR is marking historic sites in state parks, forests, and nature preserves. Visitors can learn about the people who left their marks via buildings, memorials, and structures through the new “Let’s Get Historic” signs located all over the state. Each site is marked with a descriptive sign and a QR code to help visitors learn more.

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Vibrant Fall Colors Across Ohio With Near Peak Conditions

14 Oct , 2022  

By the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

ODNR has released its Fall Color Update Number 3.

Ohio is seeing dramatic changes with bursts of reds, yellows, and oranges in the treetops over the last week. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is seeing near peak colors in parts of the Buckeye State.

“Many trees are now showing their true colors as the chlorophyll exits their leaves,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “It seems like fall color has come quickly this past week and the majority of the state now seeing Near Peak conditions. Sugar maples, red maples, dogwoods, and sumacs are in full display right now.”

Those looking to avoid the fall color crowds can check out one of Ohio’s 24 state forests, hidden gems that stand on more than 200,000 acres of land. The forests can provide family fun through hiking, fishing, and camping – where permitted.

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Fall Color Update Number Two

7 Oct , 2022  

From ODNR

 As we begin October, fall color in the Buckeye State is starting to transform our tree canopies with hints of fall color across Ohio. Cooler weather is ushering in the changing conditions dominating most of the state’s foliage according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Right now, we are beginning to see lots of fall colors along roadways and in urban areas,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “Dogwoods are showing deep purples while black gums are presenting shades of red. Brilliant yellows can be seen in various sugar maples and sycamores as well.”

Looking for a new way to view fall colors? Experience it with a horseback ride in one of our state parks or forests. Ohio is home to nearly 800 miles of bridle trails and numerous bridle camps — making our state a premier location to go riding. Many of these trails have been improved and are maintained through partnerships with local horsemen’s organizations. Don’t forget that some bridle trails are also multi-use trails, so be on the lookout for hikers or mountain bikers!

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Fireworks In October – What?

6 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Pleasant Hill Lake Park

How about celebrating fall and Halloween with a fireworks show? Better yet, why not do so next to a lake so that the colors are reflected in the water?

That’s just what Pleassant Hill Lake Park has planned this weekend as it holds its annual Halloween Campout.

Visitors are asked to sign up for activities and purchasing tickets at the Welcome Center/Registration Desk. The outdoor lighted deck area will have chairs, picnic tables, a gas fire ring, free wi-fi, and phone charging stations. Snacks, drinks souvenirs, and camping supplies will be available for purchase.

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History & Tourism

There’s Nothing Like A Richland County October!

3 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Kingwood Center Gardens undergoes a fall transformation, the Mansfield Art Center hosts the first annual Crow Festival, and the much-anticipated Escape from Blood Prison opens as the only haunted house held in a real prison. Whether you’re seeking wholesome family fun or all things that go bump in the night, you’ll find it in this month’s October Happenings & Events.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Kingwood Center Gardens transformed by over 1,000 glowing Jack O’ Lanterns during the annual Great Pumpkin Glow (Oct. 21-23). You’ll find plenty of photo ops, food trucks and live music. Timed tickets are required so purchase those now so you don’t miss out.

Community Pumpkin Carving will be held on Oct. 19th & 20th for those able to lend a hand. No creativity required, all tools and templates will be provided.

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ODNR Fall Forecast: Vibrant Color In Every Direction

30 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from ODNR

Cooler temperatures, earlier sunsets, and fall leaves – soon vivid reds, oranges, and yellows, will pop signifying the shift of the season. Throughout the fall color changes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will release weekly updates letting people know where to see the best hues and what unique activities can be enjoyed under a blanket of autumn leaves.

“Ohio comes to life with the arrival of fall,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “With cooler temperatures and incredible views, this time of year is perfect for exploring the natural beauty that can be seen and felt in our state parks, nature preserves, and forests!”

Fall forecasters consider variables like sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October.

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ODNR Releases 2021 Fall Color Forecast

24 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Entering the fall season, Ohio’s forests are beginning their transformation into a dazzling display of colors as the leaves change. Throughout the season, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., will be providing weekly updates on the best locations to enjoy unique activities and beautiful hues of autumn.

“The colors of fall make our great outdoors even more beautiful,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk through a state park, nature preserve, or forest and experience the transition of summer to autumn.”

When forecasting fall color, foresters must consider several variables such as sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October. More information on the current forecast is available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.

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ODNR Fall Color Update #2

9 Oct , 2020  

Dynamic yellows and reds are beginning to create the perfect backdrop for outdoor experiences across the state, and the beautiful weather is providing a great introduction to this year’s fall color viewing season. Currently, leaves throughout the state are changing with some areas nearing peak conditions, creating those first opportunities to enjoy this year’s autumn makeover according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“We are beginning to see near peak conditions in some areas of northern Ohio as well as other patchy locations through the Buckeye State,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Jamie Regula. “Tulip poplars and black walnuts are beginning to show their brilliant yellows. Be on the lookout for poison ivy and Virginia creeper which both turn a bright red this time of year.” More…

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History & Tourism

Gotta Love Local Fall Traditions!

9 Oct , 2020  

From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Cool temperatures and the crunch of leaves underfoot. Pumpkins and apples baked into pies. Hayrides, corn mazes, and warm cider. When we just talk about fall, you can smell it, can’t you?

We love our fall traditions here in Richland County because they remind us to slow down during the busyness of the back-to-school season. We all have memories of fall, and each year the season invites us to make new ones with family activities, delicious treats, and Halloween thrills.

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