At Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Paul Verespy, recreation director at the 3,320-acre park for the past 30 years, said the gold in the poplar leaves and the reds in the dogwoods and sassafras seem more intense that he can remember them being in past years.
Down around the 182-acre lake, which features lots of maple, hickory and dogwood trees around the shoreline, the multi-colored hills and their reflection in the water is something beautiful to behold.
“This is probably the peak weekend for the fall color show, but if the heavy rains hold off, then next weekend should also be worthy of enjoyment,” Verespy said Saturday afternoon.
The park campground was attracting many late-season campers who seemed out to drink in the color in the hills surrounding it and along the small stream meandering through it.
He said 110 people attended the Haunted Trail activities Friday night and more than that were expected for Saturday night. The activity, sponsored by the Greenup County Little League and the Devon Rose Scholarship Fund, is scheduled again for next weekend — Halloween Weekend.
The Canal Society meeting, scheduled for the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, was expected to bring out a crowd, many of whom would probably cruise the park and linger to take in the fall color, Verespy said.
Shawnee State Park on Ohio 125 northwest of Portsmouth was experiencing heavier than usual traffic as the trees there were aflame in oranges, reds and yellows, officials in the park office said.
“For many people, the beautiful foliage is just one part of the autumn experience,” said Casey Munchel, fall foliage expert for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. “They are thrilled to spend the day hiking, boating or hunting beneath the cover of the colored forests, but the experience is that much more enjoyable when they can continue with hayrides, pumpkin carving contests, costume contests and more at an Ohio State Park.”
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