Cooler Temperatures Will Bring Colorful Foliage in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lower and more seasonable temperatures will arrive this weekend, which will help the autumn color show statewide, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“We continue to see changing conditions statewide with some staff members reporting near peak conditions,” ODNR fall color forester David Parrott said. “This week, we are definitely seeing above average warmth. However, it looks like the weekend is ushering in much cooler and moderate temperatures.”

Tree species that are currently changing colors include black walnuts and honey locusts, which are showing their yellows, while dogwoods are showing brilliant reds and purples.

“It looks like sweetgums are just now starting to turn with yellows and reds,” Parrott said.

Camping in the outdoors is a favorite pastime during the fall months. Ohio state parks have more than 50 locations for camping, ranging from basic tent camping with no electricity to full hook-up sites. There are also more upscale overnight options at the resort lodges in 10 state parks.

In state forests, camping is allowed only in permitted areas, including family campgrounds, horse camps and remote primitive backpacking campsites, which are available on a self-registration process (no fee).

Those interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the season can check ODNR’s fall color website, the official guide to the changing colors. Click HERE.

The website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
  • Unique overnight accommodations at state parks.
  • Events around the state.

ODNR encourages people to share fall color photos on social media using the hashtags #OhioFall23, #OhioTheHeartofitAll and #FallinOhio.

Each week, ODNR will choose photos from those who use these hashtags 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.

Pictured at top: Color foliage at Conkles Hollow State Park.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.