Fall Foliage Vacations

Find incredible colors on Arkansas fall foliage tours

Arkansas fall foliage

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 grand outdoor adventure, relaxation and self-guided fall color tours along scenic byways.

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.  Reports will be posted  here every Thursday by 5 p.m. during the season so you can fine-tune your itinerary. Start making plans to travel through Arkansas this fall! You’ll find scenic beauty in every region of the state, from the forested hills to the wide open delta.

November 19, 2015

This is the last fall color update for 2015. Check back in 2016!

Ozarks (North Central and Northwest Arkansas):
Fall color in the Arkansas Ozarks has either passed or is patchy, with 90% of the leaves reported fallen at Devil’s Den State Park in Winslow. Some smaller trees and shrubs are still showing some spotty color and a few dogwoods are displaying a nice maroon red around the Van Buren/Fort Smith area. Smaller maples and a few oaks have been hanging on to their autumn hues, and Bradford pear trees in the Bentonville area are expected to show color for many more days. For the best view of fall foliage in the Ozarks this week, try making the drive to Mount Magazine along Scenic Highway 7, where the oaks, sumac and buckeyes between the towns of Jessieville and Ola have been showing brilliant oranges and deep reds.

Ouachitas (West Central Arkansas):
Reports at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena state that the fall color change is at its end this season. DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck also has little to show with the exception of the sweet gums, which are displaying yellows, oranges and reds.

Delta (Eastern Arkansas):
Near Village Creek State Park in Wynne, about 95% of the canopy in Arkansas’s Delta has either dropped or changed, with the predominate colors being yellows, oranges and browns. Oaks and maples are anticipated to change hues soon, and the fall color is expected to remain for another week. Red maples across the region are at their peak displaying reds and yellows. Further south at Cane Creek State Park, colors are also reported as being at their peak with sweet gums and hickories showing off the most. A great place to see the fall foliage in this region is the drive along Crowley’s Ridge on Arkansas Highway 163. Along this route sugar maples are showing a dark yellow and oaks a purplish red. Pictured at right is Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas.

At Pinnacle Mountain State Park, fall foliage is believed to be at its peak with maples turning a beautiful crimson and ash leaves changing to golden yellow. Bald cypress trees highlight the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers in this area, displaying a lovely reddish orange. The best places to view the color at the park include the drive along Pinnacle Valley Road up to the Visitors Center, the East Quarry Overlook and the summit of Pinnacle Mountain.

Union and Columbia Counties are reporting beautiful fall colors with yellows, golds and oranges dominating among the hardwoods. For a great display of the color change in this area, try the view at the junction of Moro Bay and the Ouachita River. Highway 71 between Texarkana and De Queen and Highway 27 North toward Mineral Springs and Nashville are both wonderful drives to view the foliage in this region.