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Peak Fall Color Dominating the State’s Tree Canopies
Peak Fall Color Dominating the State’s Tree Canopies

Fall Color Update #4 – Oct. 21

COLUMBUS, OH – Despite the rainy conditions this past week, vibrant color is still visible across the state with peak conditions now reaching even the southernmost parts of Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“The colors are really beautiful as peak conditions are now visible statewide,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Jamie Regula. “Recent weather may be causing some leaves to fall, but there is still plenty of fall splendor left to enjoy!”

Did you know that different types of forests may affect the fall colors you see? Oak/hickory is the most dominant forest type in Ohio. You can view rusty orange hues in hickory trees, while oaks can produce more russet browns and reds. The second most dominant forest type in the state is beech/maple. These forests produce beautiful vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges in maple trees as well as bronze hues in beech trees. Both forest types have a variety of other tree species present that also have beautiful fall colors, such as yellow poplar, black gum, sassafras, sweetgum, and sumac.

There are many places to view beautiful foliage this weekend, including:

  • Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve
  • Lake Hope State Park
  • Mohican State Forest
  • Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area
  • Portage Lakes State Park

Those interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out ODNR’s fall color website, the official guide to the changing colors. The website includes:  

ODNR and Ohio. Find It Here. encourage people to share fall color photos using #FallinOhio and #OhioFindItHere. For more fall color photos, follow ODNR, Ohio State Parks and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ohiodnr, @OHStateParks, and @Ohio.FindItHere.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of updates that will highlight some of the best locations to enjoy Ohio’s fall color season. News releases will be issued from ODNR weekly on Wednesdays to announce the reports through October. Fall foliage video reports are available online with information from Jamie Regula, ODNR’s fall color forester. See attachment for the latest fall color update with color key at the bottom of the chart.