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Fall Colors Start to Emerge as Autumn Officially Begins

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Autumn officially began on Sunday, Sept. 22, and with its arrival people may begin to notice some colors emerging as the fall color season begins, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).


“The signs of fall color are starting to be noticed around the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “Ohioans will start to see yellow leaves on buckeye trees and blushes of red from Virginia creeper and poison ivy.”


Ohioans may also notice a few tree species including buckeye and black walnut with leaf disease, which is caused by consistent rainfall during the spring and summer months. These trees typically have leaves that turn brown along the edges or have black spots in addition to the leaf turning yellow. However, these trees should once again leaf out in the spring.


This also is the perfect time of year to hit the links at one of our six award-winning Ohio State Park golf courses. Surrounded by Ohio’s best natural landscapes and views, golfers will find a challenge appropriate for any skill level while enjoying the array of fall colors around them.


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


Fall Festival, Delaware State Park (C) - Sept. 27-28 at the campground. Crafts, games, wagon rides, movies, decorated campsite and costume contests. For more information, call 740-548-4631.


Harvest Days, Scioto Trail State Park (SW) - Sept. 28 at the Caldwell Lake Campground. Fall harvest-themed activities and old fashioned treats. To learn more, call 740-887-4818.


Fall Festival, Indian Lake State Park (NW) - Sept. 28-29. Crafts, games, pony rides and archery. For more information, call 937-843-2717.


Ohio Heritage Days, Malabar Farm State Park (NE) - Sept. 28-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. This is the 37th year for this fall festival, with 75 traditional crafters, antique tractors and living history. To learn more, call 419-892-2784


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 discoverohio.com under their Autumn Adventures feature.


ODNR encourages people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using ODNR’s hashtag, #ohiofallcolor2013. Follow @ohiodnr on Twitter and Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Facebook to see more fall color photos.


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.

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