One of my favorite photography destinations in Ohio is Hocking Hills State Park about an hour’s drive southeast of Columbus. While researching the internet for places in Ohio for nice fall color, I found several comments that indicated Rose Lake in Hocking Hills was a great place. Although I have photographed in Hocking Hills many times, I had never gone to Rose Lake so I thought it was definitely time for a visit. “Officially,” the lake is named the Hocking Hills Reservoir since it was man-made via the creation of a dam. Rose Hollow is the valley that contains the reservoir so that’s why the lake is locally known as Rose Lake. It is also sometime referred to as Fisherman’s Lake. The lake is approximately at the midpoint of the trail between Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls on the Upper Gorge Trail.
The day of my trip to Rose Lake was very foggy and when I arrived at the fisherman’s parking lot before sunrise, the area surrounding the lake was completely fogged in. The hike to the lake from the parking lot is about ½ mile which passes through a forest of tall pines. The fog acted like a giant lightbox so I was excited to be able to photograph in these conditions. As you can see in the image below, the fog gave the scene depth and a sense of mystery. The red, orange, yellow and green leaves also added a nice touch of color.
I spent about an hour photographing around the lake before the sun began to “burn off” the fog. As the fog gradually lifted I was able to see the trees on the eastern side of the lake. Once the sun hit them fully, the trees lit up like they were on fire. The color was beautiful!
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Since the fall color changing late this year. How is color condition of Hocking hills area right now? Is the fall color over its peak around the Rose lake?