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When Will The Leaves Change In Columbus?

Before we know it, the trees will begin to change into the most glorious hues of red, orange, and yellow bringing 2023 fall to us all and offering relief from this summer’s heat.

Fall officially begins on September 23rd (the date of the autumn equinox for 2023) and Ohio will reach its peak fall foliage a few weeks later. Thanks to Smoky Mountains National Park, there is an excellent resource for those who are hoping to snap the perfect photos of Ohio’s fall colors. The interactive map shows when the continental United States will most likely experience fall changes.

By Monday, September 25, Columbus will begin to see leaves changing. The changes will be minimal. The following week, trees will become patchy, with oranges, yellows, and reds working their way into the green foliage.

On October 9, the leaves in Central and Southern Ohio will be partially changed, and Northeast Ohio will be approaching its peak. But the real show kicks off October 16 through October 23, when the leaves here in Central Ohio will begin to reach their peak vibrancy.

Your best bet to experience the most stunning fall foliage is between October 16 and October 30. Click here to see the interactive map for the season.

Fall in Ohio is one of the most beautiful times to be here. Naturally, some of the best places to view fall foliage in central Ohio are our parks, including Highbanks Metro Park, Clear Creek Metro Park, and, of course, Hocking Hills.