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State Parks Come Alive With Fall Colors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the state explodes with the oranges, yellows, and reds of fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering guided tours through state parks, nature preserves, and forests.

“The Buckeye State is especially beautiful when the colors of fall are on display,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “I encourage you to gather the family, get outside, and see some of the most scenic views Ohio has to offer this season.”

The hikes vary in terrain and difficulty.  Visitors can plan ahead using ODNR’s DETOUR app.  The app allows users to search the trails listed for the fall hike series to determine if they are a good fit for their skill level.

“There’s no better way to experience the magic of fall than hiking surrounded by vibrant colors,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “There are so many state parks, forests, and nature preserves waiting to be explored, and there’s no better time to discover your family’s next adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

There are events and hikes for people all across the state:

Deer Creek State Park

  • Halloween Campout – Come and enjoy costume contest, site decorating, trick or treating and fun. Sponsored by the Friends of Deer Creek.
    • Oct. 29 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Oct. 30 at 10:00 p.m.

Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve

  • Fall Color Weekend- Some of the best sights of the region can be found at the preserves located in the Hocking Hills.  Visitors to the event can explore 3.5 miles of trails, and historical lessons.
    • Oct. 23 at 9:00 a.m. (all day)
    • Oct. 24 at 9:00 a.m. (all day)

Hocking State Forest

  • Fall Color Tour – Learn about forest and wildlife management and tree identification. Demonstration areas will showcase a firewood processor, chainsaw skills, wildland fire equipment, and forestry trivia.
    • Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Hocking Hills State Park

  • Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Color Hike – Meet with the Naturalist at the Old Man’s Cave visitor center for a strenuous six-mile hike, including roughly three miles of the Grandma Gatewood (Buckeye) trail.
    • Oct. 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Lake Hope State Park

  • Tree I.D. Hike – Our naturalist will guide you on half-mile hike to discover hints to help identify trees year-round.  Meet at the nature center.
    • Oct. 9 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Fall hike – Follow our naturalist for a 3.2-mile hike along the edge of Lake Hope surrounded by autumns golden hues.  The hike starts at the Shelter House and ends at the historic Iron Furnace. 
    • Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Scat, Skulls, and Tracks – A free hike to help you identify animals based on what they leave behind.  Meet at the nature center.
    • Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m.
    • Nov 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tunnel Vision – Caravan in your own vehicle from the Hope School House to the Moonville railroad tunnel on a one-mile hike to hear about the history of the rail line, the latest projects, and plans for its future.
    • Nov. 6 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tunnel Vision – Caravan in your own vehicle from the Hope School House to the Kings Hollow railroad tunnel on a one-mile hike to hear about the history of the rail line, the latest projects, and plans for its future.
    • Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Built by Beaver – Take a mile walk along Racoon Creek on the Moonville Rail Trail to look for signs of beaver activity. Meet at the Hope School House.
    • Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Peninsula Trail Hike – Meet the naturalist at the Hope Furnace to complete this popular three-mile hike along the lake.
    • Nov. 24 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Old’s Hollow Trail Hike – See a pioneer cemetery and a recess cave while burning some calories from Thanksgiving Day.  Meet at Hope Furnace.Nov. 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Shawnee State Park

  • Annual Fall Hike Weekend – Lace up your boots and gather at the nature center around the campfire to visit with park staff. This moderate five-mile hike through the park is sure to please the entire family.
    • Oct. 23 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Fall Hike (Raven Rock) – Hike to view the fall colors 500 feet above the Ohio River. Enjoy the new improved trail with a gradual climb to the top. Meet at the amphitheater to caravan to the preserve.
    • Oct. 23 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Trail Trek – Explore a new trail with a naturalist each week. Length of hike depends on the size and skill level of the group. Meet at the lodge lobby.
    • Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Nov. 20 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Nov. 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Visitors can find more information all of these events by searching the ODNR events calendar.  If you can’t make it to the trails, you can get an update on fall color every Thursday at ohiodnr.gov.

Ohio State Parks Offer Labor Day Special Events

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(Columbus) – The summer is winding down, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering free and fun events this Labor Day weekend.

Here are some area state park activities that you might want to check out:

  • Deer Creek State Park

Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend Campout, 4 p.m. Join us for our Labor Day Campout and activities. Food sold by the Friends of Deer Creek. For registered campers only. 

At the Deer Creek Lodge: 

Sept. 3-5, 5 p.m. – close, Dining room food specials. Dusk – poolside movie and group fire ring. Non-lodge guest pool passes $12 daily.

  • Lake Hope State Park

Sept. 3 – 5: Selfie Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Take a picture of yourself or your group with objects big and small. It may be started any time but must be completed before 4 p.m on Sept. 5 for a prize. Pick up the form outside of the nature center. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 3: Float the Lake, 9 a.m-11 am.  Advanced registration required.
Free 2-hour Paddling Program searching for wildlife in the water and along the edge of the lake on a kayak. Ages 12 and up. Experience on how to use a kayak is required. Bring water and prepare to get wet. Equipment provided. Meet our naturalist at the shelter house past the beach area. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 3: Cold Blooded Creatures, 2 p.m – 3 pm. Meet our Naturalist and a few reptiles that call Lake Hope home. How do you know if it’s a reptile and what is their life like? They aren’t just COLD, they are COOL! All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 5: Archery, Free. Meet at the Nature Center for Archery.  Equipment and instruction provided.  Free and fun for the whole family. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow. For ages 8 and up. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
Sept. 5: Glow Worm Walk, 8-9 p.m. Discover the secret life of lightning bugs. Meet the naturalist at Hope School House and take a short walk to find the larvae. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. 

Note: For all events at Lake Hope State Park contact the naturalist, Kaylin Callander, at (740) 596-3030 if special accommodations are needed for participation.

  • Shawnee State Park (Lodge and Conference Center)

Sept. 2, 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m. Riverdays Concert Series – Julia Neville & King Calaway, downtown Portsmouth.
Sept. 3, 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m., Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series, downtown Portsmouth; 7 p.m., Live music featuring The Josh Stewart Band, poolside; 8 p.m., Marshmallow Roast, poolside.

Sept. 4, 8 a.m., Breakfast Specials; 11 a.m., The Grand Riverdays Parade, downtown Portsmouth; 12 p.m., Lunch Specials; 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m., Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series, downtown Portsmouth; 7 p.m., Live music featuring Mothman Acoustic, poolside; 8 p.m. Marshmallow Roast, poolside.

Sept.5, 8 a.m., Breakfast Specials; 11 a.m., Riverdays Powerboat Racing, downtown Portsmouth; 12 p.m., Lunch Specials; 1 p.m. Riverday The Voice Contest, downtown Portsmouth; 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m. Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series; 8 p.m., Marshmallow Roast, poolside; 10 p.m., Riverdays Fireworks Extravaganza, downtown Portsmouth.
 
To learn more about family-friendly events at Ohio’s state parks and to plan your next adventure, visit parks.ohiodnr.gov/calendar.

Lake Hope To Host July 4th Bird Education Events

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Lake Hope State Park In Vinton County, will. be hosting a couple of July 4th events concerning birds.

Red, White, and Bluebirds will be held 9am-10am at the Nature Center. Discover what kinds of birds live around Lake Hope and where they prefer to build their nests. Then help the naturalist check for cavity nesters around the Nature Center.

That will be followed by Hungry Hummingbirds at Lake Hope, between 1pm-3pm. Watch as their naturalist will hand feed Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds.

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Archery, 10 am. Meet at the Archery Range to learn the art of the bow. 
Kayak Excursion, 1 pm. Meet at the Marina to learn kayaking basics and then take a guided trip on Acton Lake.  Space is limited.  Sign up begins at the Marina at 10am on Sunday. 

Lake Hope State Park is located at 27331 State Route 278, near McArthur.