For Immediate Release: September 19, 2014

Ohio Fall Foliage on Schedule for a Spectacular Backdrop of Colors

Media Contacts:
Jason Fallon, ODNR Office of Communications, 614-265-6860
Casey Burdick, ODNR Division of Forestry, 614-212-3286
Leslie Holbrook, Fahlgren Mortine, 614- 383-1635

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the days grow shorter and nights more cool, Ohio welcomes autumn with a color transformation throughout the hillsides and tree canopies across the state. Spotting the first glimpse of fall color – seeing the leaves changing to strong reds, vivid yellows and bold oranges – is a favorite fall activity. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with TourismOhio, will be featuring several opportunities to help people find the best locations to see fall color this year.

“Autumn is a great time to explore the outdoors and experience everything Ohio has to offer,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Fall provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to explore our beautiful state while enjoying the colors of the season.”

“Fall foliage colors in Ohio are absolutely amazing,” said Mary Cusick, director of TourismOhio. “Plan to take a break from your schedule and instead take a hike or ride a bike – pick apples – or get lost in a corn maze. The Ohio color and cool temperatures make it irresistible to be outdoors.”

Ohio is expected to have a brilliant and spectacular fall color season. Currently, ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick expects the fall colors to run close to traditional timing with peak in northern Ohio being the second week of October, central Ohio the end of the third week of October and southern Ohio peaking in late October. The current forecast along with other videos are available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.

“The first blushes of color in the species we expect to kick off the season can start to be seen even now,” said Burdick. “Poison ivy and Virginia Creeper are just starting to turn red while the Ohio Buckeye is starting to show its golden tones.”

People interested in finding out where the most captivating leaves will be throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, ODNR’s premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season.

This website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
  • Weekly videos from Burdick that will highlight color hot spots around the state and provide information about some of Ohio’s 100-plus tree species.
  • Links for fall activities, scenic road trips and more, including unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? TourismOhio has numerous itinerary ideas and a listing of attractions at “Autumn Adventures,” a web portal accessible from DiscoverOhio.com.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag, #ohiofall14. Follow @ohiodnr, @OhioStateParks and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Parks and Discover Ohio on Facebook to see more fall color photos. And also be on the lookout for an exciting fall color photo contest with prizes from Ohio State Parks and Lodges, REI, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and others. More info on the contest, being hosted by {Insert name} will be available soon.

Check out fun events happening this weekend at Ohio State Parks:

  • Fall Festival, Grand Lake St. Marys State Park (NW Ohio) - Sept. 19-21 at the campground. Activities and attractions include crafts, kid’s games, food vendors, and much more. Regular camping fees apply. For more information call 419-394-3611.
  • Mountain Heritage Campout, Tar Hollow State Park (SE Ohio) - Sept. 19-21. Friday evening story telling, caramel apples, Saturday crafters, children's games, horse shoe pitch, black power shoot, cross cut saw competition, pie baking contest, hog roast, cloggers, hay rides and square dancing. Sunday Morning scavenger hunt and watermelon seed spitting contest. For more info call 740-887-4818.
  • Feather & Foliage Festival, Kelleys Island State Park (Northern Ohio) - Sept. 20. Come join us for guided hikes and bird banding. For more information call 419-746-2258 or information at kelleysislandnature.com.
  • Coastweeks Cleanup, Maumee Bay State Park (NW Ohio) - Sept. 20. This is a great opportunity to volunteer to help clean up the beach and area at Maumee Bay State Park. Lunch is included, must preregister. Please call 419-836-9117 for preregistration and more info.

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/.

The Office of TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio's vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs helped generate more than 195 million visits to Ohio in 2013. A part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, TourismOhio markets Ohio's distinctive travel opportunities and promotes the state's outstanding quality of life. www.discoverohio.com