COLUMBUS, OH – The first week of autumn is ushering in an array of colors as Ohio begins its fall color transformation, according to Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
     “A few of our early changers and stressed trees are starting to show color already,” said Burdick. “Buckeye trees are showing their yellows, and a few of the fencerows are starting to show hints of red from the poison ivy and Virginia creeper.”
     Burdick said the bright yellows in the tulip poplars are also noticeable earlier than normal this season. While driving through many towns, people may begin to see a few trees, such as maple and ash, changing and dropping leaves.
     These trees are going dormant early to protect themselves from any further damage.
     Ohioans are encouraged to plan their fall getaway at one of the Ohio State Parks. Numerous options are available including our campgrounds, getaway rentals (including yurts and cabins) and lodges. There is something for everyone!
     This Saturday is the start of the bow season for white-tailed deer for the hunters across the state. For more info, go to
     The ODNR Fall Color website is the premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season, posting weekly color updates and information to help plan leaf-peeping adventures. Weekly videos from ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick will highlight color hot spots around the state and provide informative tidbits about some of Ohio’s 100-plus tree species. This page also offers helpful links for leaf collecting tips, scenic road trips and more.
     ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at