A packed calendar of events accompanies the turning of the leaves during autumn in Arkansas. Big and small towns, parks and clubs, charitable organizations and others plan all types of festivals, concerts and other activities for your enjoyment. One of the most eagerly awaited is Helena-West Helena’s King Biscuit Blues Festival, scheduled for Oct. 10-12.
The Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas are a prime destination for fall color seekers. Greers Ferry Lake near Fairfield Bay is one of the most popular towns during the showy display. If you’re feeling adventuresome, you can hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, found in the middle of the lake. Shuttles are offered by Fairfield Bay Marina on specific days of the week.
A stretch of precious natural habitat along the Arkansas River has been preserved, offering an exceptional outdoor experience. The Clinton Presidential Park Wetlands in downtown Little Rock is 13 acres allowing public access to conservation, environmental, wildlife and tourism opportunities. Great views are available from the elevated walkway.
One of The Natural State’s most picturesque spots is the Little Missouri River. Located in the western part of the state, it flows freely through the Ouachita Mountains and the Ouachita National Forest. Little Missouri Falls and Albert Pike Recreation Area are popular stops along the way.
The old and the new juxtaposition nicely in Lake Village as the impressive new U.S. 82 Mississippi River Bridge stands sentinel behind historic Lakeport Plantation. Now restored and open for tours, the structure is the last remaining antebellum home in Arkansas on the Mississippi that hasn’t been extensively altered. The thriving cotton fields signals harvest time in the Delta.
It doesn’t matter the mode of transportation, the changing of the leaves during an Arkansas fall is worth the trip. Motorcycles are one popular choice as are other vehicles, while hiking and walking get you up-close-and-personal. Scenic drives, such as the Talimena National Scenic Byway at Mena on the western border, make the touring much more enjoyable.
This iconic Arkansas natural landmark is popular year-round but is particularly gorgeous during the fall color season. It’s quite a hike to reach it but well-worth the effort. The unspoiled beauty of the Arkansas Ozarks surrounds you and soothes your soul.