Multiple Regions- Fall into The Natural State
A crisp, heavenly tour through the stunning fall foliage of The Natural State, to be enjoyed in Autumn. Begin your kaleidoscope fall foliage tour, surprisingly, in the Delta Region, at Village Creek State Park. You might be surprised at the lush autumn forest that reigns over the unique geology of this Delta area park. Here you'll lunch in an enclosed pavilion, so if it's chilly, you can be warm and still enjoy the view! With planning ahead, Village Creek's Interpreters can tailor a lunchtime program or concert just for your group. For your post lunch stroll, there are glorious hiking trails in the park's unusual forest. Trees in the area include maple, beech, and butternut, and tulip poplar, among many others. You'll want to take time to visit the excellent interpretive center at Village Creek, which offers a large meeting facility and The Discovery Room that features exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and information about the wildlife of Crowley's Ridge. Drive into the Capital City area of Little Rock and North Little Rock, and enjoy dinner in an urban setting, though not too removed from the spectacular foliage, as Little Rock too is yet another city that sits close among the trees.
After breakfast and a morning photo op stop at North Little Rock's Old Mill, famous for its appearance in the opening credits of "Gone With the Wind," travel just west of Little Rock into Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Choose the trail that best suits you and take an invigorating hike to the top of the mountain for a 360 degree panoramic view of Central Arkansas foliage. Just fifteen minutes from downtown Little Rock, you'll definitely know why we call Arkansas "The Natural State". Instead of the hike to the top or in addition to that, stop by the visitor center and walk up the short decking trail to the cliff that overlooks the Arkansas River. There's also the option of an extremely mild hike through the Arkansas Arboretum nearby at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. A few minutes later you''e back in city, where you can get some R&R, and take an early evening private tour of the nation's twelfth Presidential Library, the Clinton Center and Park. The Center is a modern structure made largely of glass, affording you still more vistas of fall foliage over the Arkansas River and beyond, as you explore the exhibits recounting eight years of world history. Dinner and overnight in the Little Rock/North Little Rock area.
Into the kaleidoscopic rolling Ouachita Mountains we go, to DeGray Lake State Park. After you're welcomed with a warming Southern lunch at the Lodge, take in the splashy array of colors with a crisp and cool afternoon guided boat ride around the lake, complete with cool and warm beverages, and then take the hike of your choice on one of the many trails, all of which offer many varieties of hardwoods and their friendly falling leaves. Dinner, movie or game night, and overnight, DeGray State Park Lodge.
Northward you go on Scenic Byway 7, with a stop for lunch and a shopping spree along the way in Arkansas's Spa City, Hot Springs, a quirky, charming historic city nestled within the glorious fall foliage covered mountains of Hot Springs National Park. You might even be able to work in a traditional Hot Springs bath and massage! Amble around the downtown area, then take a bus ride up to visit the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, the best point in the area for taking in the breathtaking views from hundreds of feet up above the Ouachita Mountains. Continue north on Scenic 7 to the beautiful Petit Jean State Park and overnight at Petit Jean's Mather Lodge.
Wake up bright and early, catch the stunning views down over Cedar Creek Canyon here at Petit Jean Mountain - you can walk down thru the prismatic hardwood canopy over the beautiful Cedar Creek Canyon Trail. The trail leads you to the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls, where the colors of fall glimmer as the pristine waters fall into the clear bubbling pool. Now you continue through the Ozark Mountains to Harrison. Have lunch in Harrison, followed by a quick stop in the Ozark Emporium (who says you can't have ice cream in the Fall?) and a stroll in the historic downtown. This evening, we'll dine in Harrison and guess what? Did you know that there are Elk in Arkansas? That's right! Just south of Harrison, Arkansas, the Elk herd is estimated to number between 450-500 Elk. We'll venture out to see if we can get a glimpse of them in the evening, as early morning and later in the evenings are the best times to spot them. Overnight Harrison.
Depart Harrison for your journey into the sweetheart of the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs. Marvel at the unmatched reds, oranges and yellows all the way and right into the historic downtown district of Eureka Springs, another charming Arkansas town snuggled in among majestic forested mountains. In addition to lunching downtown, you might like to get a jump on your holiday shopping - the shops in Eureka Springs remain unique and independent, and one-of-a-kind creations by area artists abound. In the early evening, revel in the spectacular stained glass effects of the sun-and-dew-covered foliage as you take a ride around the perimeter of Eureka Springs. Stop in at Thorncrown Chapel and note the magical way light filters through the wood beam and glass structure, not to mention the surrounding majestic forested mountains, spectacular year-round, but just imagine it in the Fall! Named as one of the American Institute of Architecture's Top 100 Buildings of the Century, Thorncrown Chapel is an truly enchanting place. Dinner and overnight Eureka Springs.
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