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 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.


Please note these updates are submitted to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and are accurate to the best of our knowledge.

Central Arkansas

 
 Photo taken in downtown Little Rock on Nov. 17, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

In downtown Little Rock in the River Market, foliage has changed about 80%. The trees along President Clinton Avenue/Markham Street are showing predominant yellows, oranges and greens. Exceptional pops of color are found near the Robinson Center, Clinton Presidential Center and Riverfront Park.

 
 Panoramic taken along the East Quarry Trail on Nov. 17, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.


Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock estimates a 60% color change to mostly brown and a few yellows and reds. Oaks have turned to brown and hickories, pecans, ash and sugar berries are all changing to yellow. Paper mulberries and sassafras are a golden yellow to orange, and blackgums and sweetgums are shining brightest with a vibrant red. While views at the park aren’t as spectacular as in previous years, colors are finally starting to show this week. The best places to view the color change are from the Visitor Center overlooks, the East Quarry Overlook and the top of Pinnacle Mountain.

 
 The Old Mill in North Little Rock, taken Nov. 16, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

The North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau reports an estimated 70% color change at Burns Park and the Old Mill, with the area’s landscape showing yellows, browns and some reds. Oaks seem to have started turning brown.

The Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau reports that the city of Conway is officially at peak! Leaves are starting to fall and visitors can view the most beautiful yellow and red trees through the center of town.

At Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier, the first fall colors of the season have shown, including yellows, golds and a small amount of red.

The Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott estimates a 10% color change. Among the mostly evergreen landscape, hints of bronze are showing. The cypress trees along Horseshoe Lake are bronze and the cotton in our cotton patch is fully open and bright white.

 
 Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, taken Nov. 17, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park in Scott is experiencing an overall 40% color change this week. The sweet spire at the entrance of the parking lot has changed from orange to burgundy. Splashes of color are visible throughout the park and from the trailhead, rusty hues, gold tipped leaves and beautiful reds are showing. The sassafras trees are popping with a stunning red color. The cypress trees around the lake and boardwalk have turned completely to a rusty shade.

Lower White River Museum State Park in Des Arc has experienced an approximate 40% change. Trees are still mostly green, but are showing shades of brown and yellow-orange. About 5% of the park’s trees have lost their leaves. Several maples in town have yellow leaves, but most trees are green or brown. The redbuds at the museum have lost most of their leaves and the French mulberry is losing leaves, although the berries are still bright purple.


Northwest Arkansas

 
 Taken at the Bentonville Welcome Center on Nov. 16, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

The Arkansas Welcome Center in Bentonville reports the predominate colors between Fayetteville and Bella Vista are browns and shades of yellow and orange. Some green trees and many bare trees remain, but there are some very stunning trees in the area, mostly maples, which are best viewed near sunrise or sunset. The possibility of damp, overcast weather this Friday should also provide an excellent opportunity to see what colors remain.

Devil's Den State Park in West Fork reports that the park has passed its peak. The surrounding hills still have a trace of fall colors, mostly golds and a few reds. Fall has come and gone and most trees are barren or waiting for the wind to help their leaves to the ground.

Hobbs State Park-Conservations Area in Rogers has experienced an approximate 95% change. Fall colors in the area include brown, yellow, orange and red.

 
 Taken at Lake Dardanelle State Park on Nov. 15, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville has changed about 90%. While many reds and yellows are on display, the show will be ending soon as leaves are falling in abundance.

 
 Taken at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on Nov. 17, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove reports about 95% of foliage has changed. Visitors can see beautiful shades of red, purple, orange, yellow and hints of lingering green foliage. Most of the oaks, hickories, maples and other hardwoods are at peak color this week.

The Siloam Springs Welcome Center reports that about half of the area’s foliage has changed, but is lacking the vibrant colors of previous years. Some maples are showing their traditional golden hues.

The Van Buren/Fort Smith Welcome Center reports that approximately 60% of the area’s foliage has turned brown, with small bits of red and yellow peeking through. Some maples and a few oaks still have nice fall colors. Surprisingly, there are still green leaves on many trees.

 
 Taken in Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

The Arkansas Welcome Center in Harrison reports their area is at peak fall color! While most of the hardwood trees are brown and some green is still hanging on, there is still a beautiful color palette to observe, including shades of reds, golds, coppers and burgundies. Because of the lack of panoramic colorful view this year, be aware that it will be more of an exercise in leaf peeping. Maples are showing the most predominant color and sumacs are becoming more noticeable with their deep red hues.


North Central Arkansas

Bull Shoals/White River State Park in Bull Shoals sees an approximate 85% color change. Primary colors in the park include plum-red and golden yellow. Dogwoods have turned plum-red, sycamores a golden yellow, hickories have turned yellow and black gum and sumac are now a blazing red. Ash and elm trees are turning yellow, oaks are turning a dark rust color and some maples are turning yellow and red. Fall colors are more vibrant just a few miles away to lower elevations. This is very late in the year for color change and it hasn’t remained consistent in the state - some areas in the Ozarks near the park have peaked, while some areas are still very green or are just starting to turn.

 
 Taken at Mammoth Spring State Park & Welcome Center on Nov. 16, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

Mammoth Spring State Park and Welcome Center reports the area has changed 90% to fall colors. The maples are really nice shades of orange, yellow and red.

The Ozark Gateway Region office in Batesville reports the area is now past peak in the northern section of the region, and almost past peak in the southern section. Reds, yellows, greens and browns are showing and dogwoods and sweetgums are showing exquisite color.


Upper Delta

Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas reports a 60-70% change in foliage, including leaves that have fallen. Colors showing at the park include bronzes, browns, reds and golds. Hickory and maple trees are the highlight of the landscape, showing small bits of red and gold among the mostly green landscape. The best color at the park is visible along the shores of Trapper Lake and by the Old Visitor Center.

Jacksonport State Park in Newport is slightly past peak. The trees in the park are somewhat muted in color and are primarily a reddish-brown color. The many species of oaks are showing several shades of red and brown, the sycamores are yellow and the elms and cottonwoods are showing gold.

The Arkansas Welcome Center in Blytheville reports an approximate 30% color change to brown, with no vibrant colors on view this season.

Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin has seen little change since last week, and has experienced about a 60% overall change. Most leaves are still green, with an equal mix of red, yellow and brown spotted throughout. Pecans have changed about halfway to yellow and brown. More red is showing in the park’s oaks and on Crowley’s Ridge, sugar maples and hickories are a nice yellow to brown.

The West Memphis Welcome Center reports the area has changed halfway to red, green and brown.

Village Creek State Park in Wynne has experienced an approximate 55% change to yellow, green, brown and red. Sweet gums are gold, red maples are mostly scarlet red, sumac is just now turning red and oaks are brown.


Lower Delta

The Helena-West Helena Welcome Center has seen about a 40% color change to red, brown and yellow. The black gum and sumac are red, maples are in full color, the oaks are browning and the beech and gingko are adding yellow to the color scheme. With cold weather forecasted, the area is expected to see a dramatic color change by Thanksgiving.

The Arkansas Welcome Center in Lake Village reports a 30% change. The foliage is changing very slowly and the area still sees mostly green leaves. Elms are showing a little gold, cypress are showing brown and live oaks are still green.


Southwest Arkansas

 
 Taken at DeGray Lake Resort State Park on Nov. 16, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck has experienced a 75% change in color. Hickories, dogwoods, black gums, post oaks, maples and sumac are all showing their fall colors, including reds, oranges, golds and deep burgundies.

 
 Hot Springs National Park, taken Nov. 17, 2016. View more photos taken of the state this week on our Fall Color Photos page.

Hot Springs National Park reports an approximate 75% change in color, with the most vibrant fall hues including yellows, oranges and reds. The lacebark elms located throughout downtown are still showing pretty colors and the colors at Gulpha Gorge Campground are at their peak. This is the weekend to visit Hot Springs National Park for fall color!

Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine reports 40% of the foliage has changed color. The park area is showing orange-browns, yellows and red. Oaks are turning brown, hickories are a rusty orange, elms and sweet gums are mostly yellow and a few stray maples, dogwoods and black gums are showing red. Views of foliage are greatly enhanced if you head out on a lake tour offered by the park.

Daisy State Park in Kirby reports the majority of the park is green and the remaining colors turned to brown very quickly. The foliage is approximately 45% green, 45% brown, 5% yellow-orange and 5% red. There is a lot of green and brown, but very little vibrant color. Oaks are beginning to turn to all brown. Dogwoods are still red, but there are few in the park. A good portion of the leaves are falling.

Logoly State Park in McNeil estimates 55% of the leaves have shown signs of some color change, to shades of yellow, orange, red and mostly brown. Hickories are yellow and orange, sweetgums and black gums are showing off various shades of red, elms are holding on to a yellow-green and most of the oaks that have turned are going straight to brown. The area around the pond features rust-colored cypress trees and some crimson sweetgums.

The Red River Welcome Center in Texarkana reports that Howard County has changed approximately 50-60%. There is still quite a bit of green, and some trees are already bare.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena reports that due to high winds on top of the mountain, many of the leaves have fallen. However, the oak trees are just now in their prime and the drive along Highway 88 will reveal vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. The drive toward Mena from the park and along Highway 272 down the mountain provides spectacular views of the oak foliage.

White Oak Lake State Park in Bluff City has experienced an approximate 70% change, though it appears at 50% due to the density of evergreens at the park. Most of the trees are beginning to turn, showing lots of yellows, browns, oranges and reds speckled throughout. The cypress and cedar trees have turned brown and are dropping their needles. The cottonwoods and sweetgums have turned gold, orange and brown, the black gums have turned red and the maples have turned a beautiful plum. The sumac is fiery red, the birch trees have turned yellow and the oaks are turning brown and losing their leaves.

Lake Catherine State Park in Hot Springs estimates a 60% color change to brown, yellow and red. Oaks are turning brown, hickories are changing to yellow, dogwoods are all dark red and pines and cedars remain green.

The Arkansas Welcome Center in El Dorado reports most hardwoods in the area are brown, with trees along waterways showing golden rust tones and pine trees remaining green.


This report was posted Nov. 17, 2016 and is the final Fall Color Report for 2016. Head over to our Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights page to plan your holiday getaway!