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Ohio ranks among the world's most beautiful places once the fall-color season hits, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has made it easy to find turning trees. Inside the fall foliage homepage, you'll find: Interactive map with color reports from across the state Maps for scenic drives in five regions Scientific explanation of why leaves change Tree ID assistance Weekly color podcast starting Sept. 30

In the Oct. 1 Venture column, I'll have a rundown of my favorite viewing places. Beaver Creek State Park, pictured above, is a good place to start. If you want to share your favorite perch, shoot me an email.