Fall is my favorite time of year. There are so many things to do and it seems like there’s never enough time to do them all. And sadly, the season never seems to hang around as long as I’d like for it to. Thanks to a late fall color season this year, there’s still plenty of time to get in your favorite activities before winter comes.
Here are my Top 5 of “Things I Must-Do” during Autumn in Arkansas. What are yours?
1) View the gorgeous fall foliage no matter what mode of transportation: car, motorcycle, bicycle, walking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing or by horseback or hay ride. My choice: driving one of Arkansas’s many scenic highways. There are too many to have a number one favorite but I particular enjoy is U.S. 165 south through Scott, Keo, England, etc. Even though the color isn’t at its peak just yet in Central Arkansas, it’s starting to turn and you can enjoy the pastoral beauty of the countryside.
2) Attend a football game: it can be high school, college or university. There’s nothing quite like sitting in a stadium with other fans on a beautiful fall afternoon cheering on your favorite team. My choice: an Arkansas Razorback game whether in Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville or War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock
3) Have a cook-out: the chill in the air seems to add to your appetite. Find a picnic ground at a local, state or federal park and start cooking. The aroma of food cooking over a wood fire cannot be duplicated by any gas grill. After eating, work off your mean by exploring your surroundings. My choice: Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock or Burns Park in North Little Rock.
4) Take part in a local celebration : there are festivals and events all over the state every weekend, especially in the fall. Large or small, they offer an opportunity to experience what life is like in other communities. My choice: too many to choose from; they’re all special in their own right
5) Enjoy the harvest: colorful stands full of pumpkins, corn stalks, apples and other produce of the season are along the highways and sometimes city streets. In addition, you’ll usually find plenty of handmade items to choose from, including jams, jellies, honey, crafts, pickles and relishes. My choice: Hardin Farm and Market Too in Scott.