State guided hikes to display fall color

The weather and fall’s expanding palettes of color help make this the perfect time of year for hikers to get out and enjoy the colorful landscapes in Ohio’s state parks, forests and nature preserves. Peak conditions are expected across northern Ohio stretching down into the central portion of the state this coming weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Throughout the fall season, Ohio State Parks offer a variety of organized hikes that provide an amazing perspective of the Buckeye State’s beautiful and diverse natural terrains,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “State parks like Hocking Hills and Shawnee, as well as preserves like Conkles Hollow, are beautiful on any day, but draped in the colors of fall, these hikes are truly special.”

Locations such as Hocking Hills, Lake Hope, Malabar Farm and Shawnee state parks will be hosting guided hikes for the entire family this coming weekend to spotlight the colorful scenery. Check out the fall color website for more information on these family friendly hikes.

People interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the fall color season should check, 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 Burdick highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.
  • Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Looking for some great fall getaway ideas? Get inspired by visiting to find out where the best festivals, pumpkin patches or fall activities are happening this weekend.

ODNR and TourismOhio are offering a Best of #OhioFall15 Photo Contest. Post your Ohio Fall Foliage photos to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #OhioFall15 by Nov. 30, and be sure to follow @OhioDNR and @ohiogram and like the Ohio Department of Natural Resources andDiscover Ohio on Facebook. Five winners will be selected to win a branded walking stick made from Ohio wood.