Find fun things to doin the Dayton, OH area
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
By Debbie Juniewicz
1. John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
2. Germantown MetroPark
3. Englewood MetroPark
4. Caesar Creek State Park
5. Sugarcreek MetroPark
6. Charleston Falls (Miami County Parks)
7. Twin Creek MetroPark
8. Narrows Reserve (Greene County)
9. Carriage Hill MetroPark
10. Grant Park (Centerville-Washington Park District)
11. Possum Creek MetroPark
12. Bill Yeck (Centerville-Washington Park District)
13. Cox Arboretum MetroPark
14. Indian Mound Reserve (Greene County)
15. Hueston Woods State Park
FALL COLOR VIEWING TIPS
Andy Niekamp, Outdoor Adventure Connection lead adventurer, says:
* For the best viewing look for areas in the woods where there is a change in habitat or terrain. Examples: Hike in a meadow near a forest. Observe the trees from a meadow where your view is unobstructed. Hike along a lake or pond with a view of the woods. Scout out hilly areas and enjoy the fall colors from an overlook or hillside.
* Sunny days are best, but overcast days offer good fall color viewing, too.
* Examine fallen leaves up close to see their color patterns and hues.
* Consider leaf viewing early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. When the sun is low in the sky it illuminates trees and leaves from a side angle, which makes the colors more vibrant.
* Bring along a camera to capture images.
* To identify trees by their leaves, visit: www.oplin.org/tree/
* Go leaf watching on a hike with the local hiking group Dayton Hikers (DaytonHikers.Org).