Experience the beauty of Arkansas's fall foliage

Fall is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas because of its excellent 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's 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.

Fall colors begin to appear in the Ozarks and other northern sections of the state by the second week in October and continue slowly southward. Mid to late October generally provides peak fall color in the northern portions of Arkansas. October and November are two of the most popular months for visitors due to the beautiful fall colors and favorable weather.

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. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Arkansas for camping, hiking, biking, and rock climbing. While many of our northern neighbors are covered in snow by the fall, Arkansas ranges from the 40’s to the 70’s in the fall months, making it a perfect getaway before winter takes over. 

 

Fall Color Reports 2020

11.5.2020: Fall color has swept Central Arkansas! Where can you find the best view? From Fairfield Bay to Little Rock, there are endless options! Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke about the many places to see fall colors in his weekly radio address last week, which you can listen to here. Places highlighted include Talimena National Scenic Byway, the Delta Heritage Trail State Park, and Bayou Bartholomew. Next week will see colors peaking in Southern Arkansas. Stay tuned for details! Happy leaf-peeping!

10.29.2020: Fall color has reached Northwest Arkansas! Check out our gallery for more. 

10.22.2020: Just like the weather, fall foliage peak can be a bit unpredictable. Bright colors are appearing a bit earlier than last year, but you'll still have plenty of time to take that scenic drive. We've received reports this week of beautiful fall colors arriving in lower parts of north-central Arkansas, with northern parts of the state starting to see widespread changes as well. Vibrant colors are predicted to be at their optimal showing next week and the week after for northwest Arkansas and slowly progress across the state over the next two weeks. Book that weekend getaway now! 

10.15.2020: Widespread color? Not quite yet. Northern sections of the state are seeing isolated colors – reports out of Harrison indicate that the sugar maple leaves have already reached peak color, but keep in mind that some trees turn faster than others. Overall, the hills and valleys of the Ozarks are still looking greenish-orange, but start planning your trip now – colors will quickly develop across the north and central parts of the state over the next two weeks with peak color expected late October into early November. 

10.08.2020: A change is in the air. Is it, perhaps, a color change? Northern areas of the state are beginning to see a bit of color here and there, but otherwise, change continues to be very minimal. As you patiently wait for the leaves to turn, keep an eye on the Ozark Mountain region in the next few weeks for the first widespread color change. And as we get closer to the end of October, the entire state should begin to see blooms of orange, red, and yellow.

10.01.2020: With all the cool weather Arkansas has experienced this week, it would be easy to assume you could step outside and see a world of bright reds, oranges, and yellows in your neighborhood. Unfortunately, we're still early on in the season and other than a few pops of yellow here and there, the state is awash in green. You'll see more leaves in the northern sections considering shedding their verdant color for something more appropriate for October, but that appears to be the extent of the fall color for now.

9.24.2020: Check out our gallery below for images of Arkansas's 2019 fall foliage. New photos from this year will be added as we receive them.