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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 -- October 23, 2014

Northwest/North Central

Northwest AR is still predominately green, but there are some trees changing.  Driving up HWY 23 between Brashears and I-40 you can see splashes of color on either side.

Around Mammoth Spring State Park the understory trees like Dogwood and Redbud have changed, along with the Sumac, Service berry and Persimmon.  Maples and Sassafras are starting to color.  The predominate color around the park is burnt ochre with green and yellow mixed it.  Mammoth Spring State Park should peak next week.  Drive down HWY 9 between Mammoth and Salem to see the best color.

Hickories are turning yellow and the Dogwoods red at Devil’s Den State Park. The Sweet Gums are red, and the Maple trees are displaying their fiery red and orange.  Peak at Devil’s Den State Park will be late next week.  Hike down the Yellow Rock trail to see the best color, or drive up to the overlook on HWY 170.

This week Hobbs Sate Park-Conservation Area is seeing a beautiful transition to fall colors.  Red foliage is primarily Silver Maple, Hickory, Dogwood, Sassafras, Black Gum and Virginia Creeper.  Orange foliage is appearing in the Maples, Hickories and Dogwoods.  Maroon and Purple in Black Gum and some Dogwood.  Yellows are appearing in our Hickories and Sassafras.  Take a drive on HWY 12 to see the best colors.

Fort Smith reports a lot of leaves dropping too soon due to hard rains, but some read and yellow remain from the Sumacs and Maples.

Central

Highway 270 west from Hot Springs to Mount Ida is bursting with colors now- dramatic changes on the way!  On Lake Ouachita, we are seeing deep purples, vibrant oranges and yellows and golden bronzes.

A very few oak trees are beginning to change yellow, but only on certain oaks.  A few maples are starting to turn red. At this point, it is mostly only the early changers that show real color, such as the brilliant red sumac. We likely have at least a couple of weeks before there is a good showing in Little Rock.

Bright yellows, reds, and oranges are filling up the scenic views around Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Trees such as the Hickories, Ash, Sugarberry, Pecan, Mulberry, Sycamore, and Elms are a brilliant yellow. Sassafras, Black Gum, and Sumac are vivid red, the Maples fill in with a wonderful orange hue.  Drive down Hwy 300, Pinnacle Valley Road to get to the Pinnacle trail, and climb to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain to look off the back deck of the Visitor Center.

Southern/Eastern

Blytheville Welcome Center is still mostly green with some early yellow peeking through.

Self Creek Lodge and Marina in Daisy, AR has a good mix of green, yellow, orange and red right now. 

Parking Archeological State Park is starting to see some color in Sweet Gum, Sumac, and Poison Ivy, but everything else is green.  In a few weeks, HWY 163 along Crowley’s Ridge should the place to see for great color.

Crowley’s Ridge reports that Maples, Sweet Gums, Sumac, and Poison Ivy are all turning red or are completely red.  Oaks are turning brown.  Hickories are turning yellow.  Still not at peak color yet.  Some trees are already dropping leaves.  Best places to see color are around Highway 412 out of the Ozarks and going into Paragould near the park has some nice color.  Highway 141 from Jonesboro to the park has some nice red sumacs.  Inside the park the foliage is starting to look nice around Lake Ponder and along the trails.

In Texarkana, everything is still predominantly green with only the tops of trees showing hints of yellow. The sweet gum and black gum trees are turning, but the rest seem to be just sitting there holding the green color.

Predictions

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.

Foliage Fact

Don’t wait too long to visit a favorite fall foliage destination. The leaves usually look best just before they fall. The stems are thin and fragile.  Rain and wind can bring an end to color in a region in a matter of hours.

Next Report: October 30, 2014


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