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Buffalo National River - Historic Rush Township
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Fall Color Update

Fall is a great time of year to visit Arkansas because it’s one of the best places to see fall foliage. Every autumn, nature paints the mountains and valleys of The Natural State with gorgeous hues of gold, red and orange. Many of Arkansas' visitors travel here for special fall vacations to catch a glimpse (and take some incredible photos) of the season. Scenic drives showcase autumn's finest while allowing you to explore the state's varied topography on a fun-filled road trip.

The Natural State's autumn attractions aren't limited to scenery; fall weather is ideal for enjoying the variety of outdoor activities that the state has to offer, such as camping, hiking and mountain biking. You’ll also find fun, family-oriented fall festivals and events all over the state.

 

Fall Color Reports 2023

10/26/2023: After weeks of waiting, the fall colors of The Natural State are putting on a dazzling display! Northern Arkansas is entering peak color while Central Arkansas foliage follows close behind. Trees across the landscape are showing off in bold bursts of red, orange and yellow. Now is the time to explore autumn in Arkansas.

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10/19/2023: We’re happy to report autumn has arrived in Arkansas with cooler temperatures and fall foliage developing across the state!

Reports out of Mammoth Spring in North Central Arkansas indicate that smaller trees are now developing their fall color while larger trees are turning more slowly. Hickory trees seem to be on the cusp of their complete fall color change while the maple trees lag behind. 

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10/12/2023: The fall colors in Arkansas are starting to show! In northern areas of the state patchy color is breaking through while in central Arkansas pops of yellow and red from a few trees are visible. Stay tuned as the colors are expected to deepen and head farther south in the next two weeks, according to this fall foliage prediction map.

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches are a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. From picking out the perfect pumpkin to enjoying activities like hayrides, corn mazes and petting zoos, there's something for everyone to enjoy! If you're looking to get down on the farm at a pumpkin patch, read this article to start planning your trip today.

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10/5/2023: 

With rain moving through the state this week, many are hopeful the fall colors will finally begin to make an appearance. To keep an eye on how the foliage is developing in Northwest Arkansas, tune in to the Eureka Springs Live Fall Foliage Webcams.


Wildlife Watching

Leaves aren’t the only things worth watching this time of year! Wildlife watching is a popular fall activity, from Bald Eagles across the state to the elk in Boxley Valley. Visit the Ponca Elk Education Center to learn more about the history and importance of the elk herd in the area. With the elk most active at dawn and dusk, it’s a perfect opportunity to rent a cozy cabin in the Buffalo National River area and treat yourself to a unique fall Arkansas adventure.


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9/28/2023: The weather might still be warm but the fall feeling is starting to take over! Colors are beginning to peek through in northern Arkansas around Bella Vista and the Buffalo National River in Searcy County. Expect the trees in central Arkansas and the Ouachita mountain range of west central Arkansas to be changing noticeably by early to mid-October. Southern and eastern Arkansas foliage usually begins changing during mid-to-late October.


It's apple-picking season!

Fall is a great time to visit an Arkansas farm and enjoy the harvest season. Not only can you enjoy the autumn air and the beautiful scenery, but you can support local farmers and use fresh produce to make delicious pies and other treats. Learn more on Arkansas.com.


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9/21/2023: It’s fall y’all! The first official day of the season is this Saturday, September 23, and now is the perfect time to start planning autumn adventures in The Natural State.

Stay at an Arkansas State Park where you can hike, bike, or take to the water for kayaking or fishing. If road trips are more your style, find out why the FINN Auto Report ranks Arkansas as one of the most affordable road trip states while you leaf peep along routes like the Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway or the Pig Trail Scenic Byway.

Peak fall color in Arkansas typically begins around mid to late October and continues into early November, starting in the Ozarks and northern areas before moving southward and blanketing the state in red, orange and yellow. 

This week’s color report still shows the rich greens that define an Arkansas summer, but bright yellow can be seen peeking through in the Northwest and Central parts of the state. The leaves are hinting at gorgeous colors to come and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities. 

As we wait patiently for the foliage to turn, add these fun events to your itinerary for the weekend: