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. 

You’ll also find fun, family-oriented fall festivals and events all over the state.

Fall Color Report – Oct. 11, 2018

Report is updated every Thursday morning throughout the season. You can also subscribe to receive these by email. The photo gallery is updated several times throughout the week. Be sure to check the caption and date information on each photo within the gallery if using to plan your trip.

While we're still awaiting a nice cold front to convince the season's vibrant color to come into play, we have seen some additional fall hues across the state this week. The bright yellows, vibrant oranges and deep reds that just began to pop last week are starting to appear more concentrated on the ends of branches and the tips of trees, especially around water sources and the Northwest and North Central parts of the state. The cooler temperatures predicted for this weekend should enhance the color even more. Plan your trip today by viewing some photos taken across Arkansas over the past couple of weeks: