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Fall Foliage Vacations

Find incredible colors on Arkansas fall foliage tours

Embark on fall foliage tours in The Natural State and enjoy breathtaking views of stunningly vibrant landscapes in one of America's most picturesque autumn destinations. Many of Arkansas's visitors come during the autumn season for fall vacations that involve a mix of outdoor adventure, relaxation and a self-guided fall color tour.

Keep up with our peak color updates here to plan fall foliage tours in The Natural State and discover why Arkansas is a prime spot for fall foliage vacations.

Fall Foliage Color Update -- Oct. 30

Happy Halloween, Leaf Spotters!

Northwest/North Central

Mount Magazine is peaking according to an email report earlier this week. It will probably last the next 2-3 days.

There is a lot more color in the park this week at Petit Jean State Park. Overlooking Cedar Creek Canyon you can see oranges, yellows, reds, greens, and browns starting to show up. While driving along Ark. 154 and Red Bluff Drive you'll enjoy seeing orange and yellow in the Hickories, red Black Gums, red Dogwoods, yellow Sweet Gums, and red Sumacs. Most of the oaks are still green although some of the white oaks are beginning to turn red.

South.Ark. 23 and U.S. 71 along with I-49 are past peak, but still have color.

The fall colors are spotty along the I-40 corridor in the western side of the state.

Trees around Scenic Ark. 7 from Russellville to Jasper are starting to change color. The ones you really want to watch for are smaller Black Gums, Red Maples, Dogwoods, Red Oaks and Beech. 

From Mount Magazine to Paris on scenic Ark. 309, Blackgum trees along with Dogwoods and Sumac are peaking in some locations. Red Maples are starting to color red, and the Hickories and Sweet Gum will go fast with yellow leaves beginning now. The oaks, this year are slower, with some of the White Oaks and Red Oaks beginning to show yellow, orange and yellow shades at higher elevations. And as always, the Magnolias, pines and cedars are evergreen! A beautiful sight is to the east looking from the Cove Lake dam at the grove of bald cypress turning golden along the lake shore.

Color is slow because the early fall rain has kept many trees green and growing. Things could change real fast with a freeze, so watch the weather. Peak for some trees could be quick, for example, the hickories could go from golden to brown in a week, depends on elevation and aspect of the slope. But a good rule of thumb is the last couple of weeks of October and the first couple weeks of November.

Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison is in full color. The Sugar Maples are in a variety of colors: reds, oranges and yellows. Some Maples are losing their leaves already.  Hickory trees are vibrant yellow to orange in color. Many Oaks have turned brown and are losing their leaves.  Understory varieties such as Sumac and Dogwood have lost some leaves but are still colorful.


Wooly Hollow State Park is reporting increases in red, orange and brown.  Estimate the peak to happen this weekend.

The State Capitol is looking lovely with the trees quickly changing colors now.  There are splashes of red and yellow all around the grounds.


Queen Wilhelmia State Park is just past peak, but there is still a lot of good color.

Cane Creek State Park’s fall colors are beginning. The Hickory is pretty gold color. Most of the sweet gums are showing red and gold blossoms. These colors can be seen throughout the park and are most noticeable on the park’s entrance ways, Delta View Trail, and Cane Creek Lake Trail.

The Ouachita National Forest is about 50% red and expected to peak around November First. Ark. 7 between Hot Springs and Fourche Junction shows the most color right now.

St. Francis National Forrest report yellow, gold, orange and rust are showing now, with some pops of red and burgundy. Still fairly green with an estimated peak next week.  Drive Ark. 5, 9, 14, and 87, from Mountain View and heading north or Ark. 58 to White River.


While Arkansas has had great low temps in the evening and warm days, there has been a lot of rain as well.  It has affected foliage in some places, but don’t let that deter you from coming to Arkansas to see great color.  Many areas are starting to peak.


Foliage Fact

Most areas have seen dramatic changes between this week and last week’s report because of said cooler weather.  Most of Arkansas saw showers early in the week and more are expected in some areas.  Rainy conditions can knock off the fragile leaves.  Be sure to check the weather before you head out and plan your trip accordingly! 

Happy Leaf Spotting and Happy Halloween!

Next Report: November, 2014

Photos from the Ozark National Forest: Haw Creek Falls and Rotary Ann Recreation Areas -- Oct. 30

Photos from Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison -- Oct. 30

Photo from Bear Creek Lake at Mississippi River State Park, Marianna -- Oct. 28

Photo from the Upper Buffalo -- Oct. 27

Photos from Shores Lake and Mill Creek ORV Trail -- Oct. 24

Photos from Harrison area -- Oct. 24

Photos from the Harrison/Bull Shoals area -- Oct. 23

Photo from Self Creek Lodge & Marina in Kirby -- Oct. 23

Photo from Self Creek Lodge & Marina in Kirby -- Oct. 22

Photos from the Mountain Harbor/Mount Ida area -- Oct. 21