Even through drives through the Ozark, Ouachita and St. Francis National Forests are great ways to see beautiful foliage, you have plenty of opportunities in the Central Arkansas area. Historic neighborhoods, such as the Quapaw Quarter, Hillcrest, and the Heights, all in Little Rock, Argenta in North Little Rock; and downtown residential Conway sport old-growth hardwoods which put on a splashy show. They provide just the right atmosphere for enjoyable strolls.
City parks in Benton, Cabot, Jacksonville, England, Conway, Lonoke, plus Little Rock and North Little Rock are also nice destinations for viewing the fall foliage. The huge old trees that shade MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock should put on quite a show. Burns Park in North Little Rock is over 1,700-acres of pure beauty.Cadron Settlement Park in Conway and Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Park in Jacksonville are some other suggestions.
How about taking in the sights of autumn via the water? The Arkansas Queen Riverboat is once again hosting fall foliage cruises on the Arkansas River. Dates for the cruises are October 27-28, November 3-4, and November 10. You’ll travel up river through Murray Lock and Dam, surrounded by the autumn splendor. Enjoy lunch and games as part of the trip. Call 501-372-5777 or visit Arkansas Queen to make reservations.