Near Peak and Peak Conditions Bring a Dazzling Show of Fall Colors to Ohio



A true fall color show is now coming to fruition in the Buckeye State, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Near peak and peak conditions are now being reported by fall color reporters statewide.

“It looks like we are nearing prime fall color viewing in the Buckeye State,” ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott said. “We are hoping that the leaves stay strong on the trees through the wind and rain over the weekend and the projected forecast this week. These next two weeks look to be ideal for seeing fall colors. Be on the lookout for hickories showing their golden browns and sweetgums dazzling their purples and bright reds.”

Watch the latest fall color report HERE.

Did you know that Ohio is home to 24 state forests covering more than 200,000 acres—most located in southeast Ohio—and that they are all ideal locations to see fall color on foot or even on horseback?

These forests are managed for multiple uses including sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat, soil and water protection, and recreation.

Numerous recreation opportunities are available in state forests including hiking, mountain biking, equestrian trails, APV trails, and backpacking trails. Hunting is also permitted on most state forest property, and numerous ponds and lakes afford fishing opportunities.

When planning your trip to a state forest, please visit our website or call the state forest for more detailed info including current conditions that may affect your trip.

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:
Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure;
•Unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks; and
•Fun events happening around the state.

ODNR encourages people to share fall color photos using #OhioFall23, #OhioTheHeartofitAll, and #FallinOhio. Each week, ODNR will choose photos from those who use this hashtag to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more fall color photos, follow ODNR, Ohio State Parks, and Ohio The Heart of It All. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks, @odnrforestry, and @OhioTheHeartofitAll.

The Ohio Division of Forestry promotes the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit Follow us on Facebook and on Instagram @odnrforestry.