COLUMBUS — The colors of the fall season have finally arrived across the Buckeye State! Now is a great time to get out and explore with a backdrop of fireworks of fall color, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

"Peak and near peak conditions are now prevalent, and this coming week may be the best time to see all of the colors of the season," said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. "Get outside for a hike or a drive and enjoy Ohio’s ‘tree-mendous’ trees and woodlands during this special time of the year."

While this is the best time of year to enjoy the crisp leaves under your feet and backdrop of fall color on a hike, have you seen the improvements we have done to many of our state park cabins? These cabins are excellent choices for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while enjoying the benefits of home.

People interested in finding out where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov/videos, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

• Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.

• Weekly videos from ODNR naturalists highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

• Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Fall is a distinctive season in Ohio with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn’s harvest from apples to pumpkins. It’s such a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you that it feels like a holiday -- or perhaps a Falliday!

To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of TourismOhio has created a new landing page, ohio.org/fallidays.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall18 and #FallidaysInOhio. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and @ohiodnr, @ohstateparks and @ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

Ohio State Parks is also having a photo contest this fall. Help us highlight the best of the great outdoors in a variety of categories for a chance to win great prizes! Enter today at ohiostateparksphotocontest.com.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.