Arkansas Fall Color Reports Just a Click Away

Kerry Kraus, travel writer
Arkansas Tourism

Autumn in Arkansas, with its splashy show of brilliant colors, is a very popular travel season. Residents and visitors alike eagerly look forward to the changing of the leaves and cooler temperatures. And, of course, EVERYONE wants to know when the color peak will take place. Unfortunately, there is no reliable method to predict this several months out, but there is the next best thing – weekly fall color reports from the very people who live in the areas and watch the leaves change in person. The first report will appear September 28 on

“As cooler weather finally begins to settle on The Natural State, many folks are already eyeing the sumac and black gums, looking for the first hints of fall foliage,” said Joe David Rice, tourism director with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. “In fact, staff members report that potential tourists began calling in May, asking for updates on when the leaves would turn.” Rice added that the fall season is important to the state’s economy, luring travelers from all around the country.

Each week new reports will be posted on after 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and will be noted with a fall foliage icon. These reports will also be available by calling the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism at (501) 682-7777 or its visitor information toll-free number 1-800-NATURAL. In addition to the latest information on color changes, the Web site will also have suggested scenic routes for viewing the foliage and attractions along the way.

The fall season in Arkansas not only showcases scenic drives and gorgeous colors, it is also a very busy time for festivals and events. Numerous activities are scheduled each weekend from one corner of The Natural State to the other. Information on these can be found in the calendar of events on



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