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Fall color delayed in most of Ohio

A forest turning orange, yellow and red in autumn
A Cincinnati park during a previous autumn. Photo: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

While foresters had predicted this week would be the perfect time to take a peek at peak fall foliage, most of central Ohio's trees are still green.

Driving the news: Our unseasonably warm October has unfortunately come at a price. That stretch of high temperatures has many trees behaving as if it's still summer.

Our picks for fall-themed trips in the Columbus area

Two children pick out a pumpkin in a patch.
People enjoy during picking pumpkins at a New Jersey farm earlier this year. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Can you believe there are only two weekends left of spooky season? Here are some ways to celebrate in central Ohio while also staying safe outside:

๐ŸŽƒ Pick a pumpkin, hop on a hayride or explore a corn maze at a family farm:

Where to leave your leaves around Columbus

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Fall means falling leaves, so should you leave your leaves or follow a different lead?

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District has suggestions on how to handle your lawns this season:

  • Let 'em lay: Don't feel lazy. Leaves and clippings are high in nutrients, which return to your lawn's soil. Just keep them out of storm drains to prevent clogging.
  • Gather 'em: Your community likely has a collection schedule. Check out the local guidelines for how to prep leaves for pick-up.
  • Composting: A good option for reducing waste. There are a number of drop-off sites for Franklin County residents.

Escape room tips and tricks

A woman searches for clues at an escape room.
A woman searches for clues at an escape room. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images

๐Ÿ‘‹ Tyler here. I visited an escape room in Grandview Heights with friends a few weekends ago and am proud to say we were victorious. I donโ€™t want to give away too many secrets about our particular room โ€” in case you want to give it a try.

  • The room did involve creative use of various props, though I was no help with the simple math needed to win.

Where to peep some fall leaves around Columbus

Fall color forecast in the U.S. for Oct. 4, 2021. Image courtesy of David Angotti,

It's that time again to look up and peep the changing fall colors.

Driving the news: This year's combination of good rainfall, sunny days and cool nights should result in a fabulous display of reds, oranges and yellows, Beth Christopher, a forester with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), tells Axios.


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