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Glimpses of Fall Color Scattered Throughout State
Ohio Ag Connection - 11/08/2018

Even though the recent weather may have knocked off numerous leaves, there are still some patches of fall color throughout the Buckeye State, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

"It looks like we are still seeing some peak fall color conditions; however, due to the recent rainy and windy weather, a number of leaves have fallen," said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. "Just because the colors may be fading doesn't mean you cannot still have a great time outside enjoying the fall beauty of the Buckeye State."

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season and giving the gift of the outdoors with a gift card from Ohio State Parks. These cards can come in any amount and have no expiration date. To learn more, go to parks.ohiodnr.gov/giftcards. Ohioans should also be on the lookout in a couple weeks for an amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal from Ohio State Parks!

With winter right around the corner, there are several recreational opportunities available in our state parks, including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding and hiking. Check out ohiodnr.gov/winter for lots of fun things to do and places to stay, as well as some of the most popular events of the year, including the winter hikes. Then as we approach spring, our wildflower bloom report will begin so make sure to visit naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers to learn more about where to see beautiful spring wildflowers.

People interested in finding out where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov/videos, Ohio's official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

- Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.

- Weekly videos from ODNR naturalists highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

- Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Fall is a distinctive season in Ohio with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn's harvest from apples to pumpkins. It's such a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you that it feels like a holiday -- or perhaps a Falliday! To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of TourismOhio has created a new landing page, ohio.org/fallidays.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall18 and #FallidaysinOhio. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and @ohiodnr, @ohstateparks and @ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

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