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. 

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Fall Color Reports 2022

9/29/2022: We’re now a full week into fall and the morning air is a bit more crisp in Arkansas. Trees around the state are still holding on to their lush green shades but there seems to be a trend toward yellow in a few spots. 

As you’re traveling this weekend, take a listen to the Mississippi Valley Traveler’s podcast featuring our Travel Writer Kim Williams to hear about fall adventures along Arkansas’s portion of the All-American Great River Road and the upcoming King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena. 

While we wait for the spectacular show of fall foliage that’s expected in mid-October, get a head start on planning fun fall outdoor activities and more at Arkansas.com.


9/22/2022: It’s officially fall in Arkansas! This time of year calls for road trips along scenic byways, reconnecting with nature and taking in the beautiful foliage of The Natural State.  Today marks the first day of the season and a few hints of color are already starting to show.  When can we expect the full fall color display in Arkansas?  The diverse geography of Arkansas offers various peak times of fall foliage in regions throughout the state. The Ozarks and northern areas will often lead the way and peak in mid-October and into early November. A local meteorologist gives a potential forecast in this video. Throughout November the beautiful red, orange and yellow hues will move south.  Autumn is a special time to experience Arkansas, from leaf-peeping to craft fairs and apple picking. Every Thursday through November 18, you'll get an email from us letting you know where the best fall foliage can be found. Start planning your trip today at Arkansas.com.