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Ohio’s woodlands are beginning their beautiful transformation of autumn color as foliage begins changing from lush green to warm shades of gold, orange and red.

Peak color is still a few weeks away for most of the state, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources reported today.

 Most ODNR facilities are reporting that less than 25 percent of the trees have changed color this week. Most of the spotty color is ash and maples, which are showing dark purples and reds, especially in urban areas, where the trees may be slightly stress due to drought. Cooler nights should enhance the onset of good fall color and add more variety to the landscape in coming weeks.

Several events are planned at state parks this weekend:


Fall Harvest Fest, Burr Oak (SE), Sept. 24-26 at the lodge.  Arts, crafts and entertainment.  740-767-2112


Frontier Days, Scioto Trail (SE), Sept. 24-26 at the Caldwell Lake campground.  Heritage themed activities and old fashioned treats.  740-887-4818


Fall Festival, Indian Lake (NW) - Sept. 24-26. Crafts, games, square dancing, pony rides, archery & a hot air balloon lift-off. 937-843-2717 or 937-843-3553.


Fall Campout, Pymatuning (NE) - Sept. 24-26. Campsite decorating, kids’ activities, boat rides & a potluck dinner. 440-293-6684.


Scary Tales, Findley (NE) - Sept. 25, 7PM at Picnic Point. Spooky stories & campfire treats. 440-647-5749.


Fall Festival, Kelleys Island (NW) - Sept. 25 at the campground. Pumpkin carving, chili dinner & a bonfire. 419-746-2546.


Ohio Heritage Days, Malabar Farm (NE) - Sept. 25-26, 10-4 PM daily. 75 traditional crafters, antique tractors & living history. 35th annual event. 419-892-2784.


Paw-Paw Hike, Caesar Creek (SW) - Sept. 26, 2 pm at the nature center to car pool to the great paw-paw patch.  For more information, call 513-897-2437

To find out more about these and other events, visit www.ohiodnr.com. The site will serve as a premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season. Its pages provide information for travelers who want to map a scenic road trip, adventurers who are refreshed and energized by the cool autumn weather, vacationers who seek places of solace to enjoy the changing seasons and even the students who need a resource for leaf collection projects. Ohioans and out-of-state visitors can also find information about fall foliage by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE or visiting www.discoverohio.com/autumnadventures.


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