Scenic Drives for Fall

Kerry Kraus


Fall is finally here. It’s one of the best seasons to go for a drive in The Natural State. The anticipation of the colorful foliage of autumn and the cool, crisp weather, along with the almost overwhelming number of events and festivals, all combine to make a perfect road trip.

We’re very blessed to have numerous scenic drives in Arkansas. Some of the best known are Scenic 7 Byway, the Talimena Scenic Drive, U.S. 65, and Ark. 16. But there are so many others that entice travelers to take to the back roads for a leisurely drive. Here are a few suggestions:

Ark. 10 west from Little Rock 

U.S. 71 from Texarkana to the Missouri border

Ark. 9 north to Morrilton, then Ark. 154 up Petit Jean Mountain

Ark. 309
up Mount Magazine 

Ark. 1 south of Forrest City to Ark. 44 and the St. Francis National Forest (a part of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway

U.S. 82 west through south Arkansas

U.S. 70 west from Benton into Hot Springs 

U.S. 270 west from Hot Springs through the Ouachita National Forest

Ark. 21 north from Clarksville 

U.S. 63 from Mammoth Spring  southeast to just northwest of West Memphis 


But that’s not all. There are some nationally designated scenic drives in Arkansas. There are also numerous roadways highlighted as scenic on the official Arkansas Highway Map. There’s more than enough to satisfy the autumn wanderlust in everyone. Hit the road and enjoy the view!


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