Fall Foliage Vacations

Find incredible colors on Arkansas fall foliage tours

Embark on fall foliage tours in The Natural State and enjoy breathtaking views of stunningly vibrant landscapes in one of America's most picturesque autumn destinations. Many of Arkansas's visitors come during the autumn season for fall vacations that involve a mix of grand outdoor adventure, relaxation and self-guided fall color tours along scenic byways.

Keep up with our peak color updates here to plan fall foliage tours in The Natural State and discover why Arkansas is a prime spot for fall foliage vacations. Reports will be posted here every Thursday by 5 p.m. during the season so you can fine-tune your itinerary. Start making plans to travel through Arkansas this fall! You’ll find scenic beauty in every region of the state, from the forested hills to the wide open delta.

Please note these updates are submitted to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and are accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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Report for Oct. 20, 2017

Destinations throughout the upper Ozarks are preparing for peak fall color within the next few weeks! Bentonville expects peak next week and Mammoth Spring State Park predicts the next few weekends as prime time to visit the park. Several other locations across the state estimate peak in two to three weeks. Read on for more details on these areas and other regions of the state.

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ARKANSAS OZARKS
(NORTHWEST / NORTH CENTRAL)
PEAK ESTIMATED: late October - early November
  • Bentonville is starting to see a good amount of reds and yellows and expects peak fall color middle-to-late next week! To view color this weekend, try the city center or downtown area.
  • Around Mammoth Spring State Park and Welcome Center the maple trees are starting to make their dramatic changes and some pretty shades of yellow are starting to show. The next few weekends should be prime time to visit the park. Visit the Old Frisco Train Depot Museum for a free tour or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the park's scenery.
  • For a sneak peek at the changing colors in Eureka Springs, visit EurekaSpringsFallFoliage.com for webcam views from atop Crescent Mountain. These two photos will refresh every 15 minutes during daylight hours and show two of the most popular scenic views in the town. Visit their site for more info!
  • The Buffalo National River invites the public to the Boxley Valley Historic District for tours of the historic grist mill and to pick up information on elk-viewing in the area. Tours and information will be available Saturdays and Sundays in October and the first weekend in November. In the Boxley/Ponca area, the trees have turned about 50% and are fairly muted. Around Tyler Bend, there is still a lot of green but some of the understory dogwoods, sassafras and Virginia creeper are starting to turn. If you're looking to camp in the national park, weekends are busiest and are filling up with reservations.
  • Buffalo Camping & Canoeing in Gilbert posts pictures of the area's color progression regularly to their Facebook page and is starting to see some reds and yellow pop this week.
  • In Searcy County along Highway 66 between Leslie and Mountain View, the area's oaks are starting to show flaming reds and oranges. This route is estimated to peak around the first of November.
  • In Harrison peak is estimated around the end of October to early November and some bright reds, soft yellows and still some greens can be spotted this weekend at Maplewood Cemetery (pictured above).
  • At Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park oranges, reds and yellows are starting to take over as more trees start their autumnal change. Peak is estimated around late October to early November, but to see color this weekend try the drive along Washington County Road #28 (Hogeye Road) to connect to Highway 156.
  • At Ozark Folk Center State Park the dogwoods and Virginia creeper are turning, and the recent rain and cold temperatures are expected to further the area's color progression.
  • Bull Shoals-White River State Park sees some reds, yellows and oranges this week. While the park is not at peak yet, color can be seen along the White River in the park, surrounding Bull Shoals Lake and along Highways 178, 7 and 14.
  • Mount Magazine State Park is around 80% green, but the mountaintop's oaks have started to show hints of orange and red. Hickories have turned halfway to a yellowish brown. The maples and black gums are most brilliant, showing intermittent patches of bright red. While peak isn't expected until early November, the best view for fall color this weekend is the Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive overlooking the northern slopes of Mount Magazine.
  • Lake Fort Smith State Park sees some reds and oranges in the lower canopy among the park's dogwoods and black gums, and the hickories and sweet gums are just starting to turn to shades of yellow. Peak is estimated in around two to three weeks, depending on rain. For fall color this weekend try near the shore of the lake, from a boat or along the Boston Mountains Scenic Loop.
  • The area around the Arkansas River Valley and the Boston Mountain Scenic Loop is showing some subtle hints of fall, with scattered shades of gold and crimson showing among the maples. Rain will help the area's autumnal hues progress.
  • Mount Nebo State Park reports more reds popping up this week and a lot of yellow covering the area's trees. Peak is estimated to arrive around late October to early November, but to see this weekend's color try hiking the Rim Trail or around the Visitor Center.
  • At Withrow Springs State Park subtle yellows are showing in the park's sycamores and hickories, dull reds in the dogwoods and the oaks are shedding their brown leaves. Peak is estimated in about two weeks, but to see fall color this weekend try Highway 23 or hiking the War Eagle Trail.
ARKANSAS OUACHITAS
(SOUTHWEST / SOUTH CENTRAL)
PEAK ESTIMATED: late October - early November
  • Lake Ouachita State Park invites all to its Fall Foliage Weekend Nov. 10-12 to experience guided hikes, lake tours, a special dutch oven dessert and so much more! This week, the area around the park is still mostly green with yellows starting to show and some reds and oranges popping up. Peak is estimated around the second week of November, but some color can be seen this weekend around the entrance to the park or on a lake tour.
  • Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa posts fall color updates and photos weekly to their Facebook page, and this week the gums are showing bursts of color and the Pyracantha is packed with bright red berries. The pampas grasses are full of feathery plumes as are the wild grasses around the lake.
  • The Caddo-Womble Ranger District in the Ouachita National Forest estimates peak in two to three weeks. Fall color can be seen this weekend along the drive out to Albert Pike (pictured above), Hickory Nut Mountain or the Little Missouri Falls area.
  • DeGray Lake Resort State Park is beginning to see the full spectrum of fall colors scattered among the park's many green pines. More reds, oranges and purples have started to show this week thanks to the ideal weather conditions. Peak is estimated in two to three weeks! This weekend the best viewing opportunities are by attending a Fall Foliage Lake Tour or Eagle Watch Tour. The main drive out to the Caddo Bend day use area as well as Highway 7 going north to Hot Springs also provide good views.
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park reports reds, yellows, oranges and browns and estimates peak in approximately three weeks. To see the color this weekend, try the drive along Highway 27/70 north from the park through the Ouachita Mountains or the scenic areas around Lake Greeson.
  • Lake Catherine State Park is not near peak yet, but the muted browns and greens can be seen this weekend from the lake aboard a watercraft.
  • Logoly State Park predicts peak in at least two weeks, but is already seeing some brown from the oaks, orange from the hickories and yellows from the elms and sweet gums. To view fall color this weekend try around the park's pond.
  • At Queen Wilhelmina State Park along the Talimena Scenic Drive, a few leaves are starting to turn, with more sweet gums turning yellow this week. Peak occurs on average around the first or second week of November.
  • In the southwest corner of the state near the Arkansas Welcome Center at Red River, the landscape is still primarily green but spots of color can be seen here and there along the highways. Peak isn't expected until the second or third week of November.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS /
LITTLE ROCK AREA
PEAK ESTIMATED: 2-3 weeks
  • Around Little Rock and Pinnacle Mountain State Park, trees are still mostly green but some hints of reds, yellows and oranges are starting to show. The drive from downtown Little Rock along Cantrell Road through the Heights and Hillcrest districts will show hints of reds and yellows from the sycamores, hickories, dogwoods and ornamental apple and pear trees. Farther west toward Pinnacle Mountain the drive along Highway 10 and Pinnacle Valley Road will show even more color, and a stop at the Arkansas Arboretum (pictured above) or one of the summit trailheads is a great opportunity to get out and see the colors from a hiking perspective.
ARKANSAS DELTA
(EASTERN ARKANSAS)
PEAK ESTIMATED: early November
  • No real fall color has appeared yet in Helena along the Mississippi River, but peak is expected here at its average time around mid-November.
  • The area around Parkin Archeological State Park and along Crowley's Ridge near Wynne is still around 90% green with some yellows showing in the sweet gums and paper mulberry, purplish reds from the sassafras and poison ivy with reds and yellows. Peak is estimated sometime in November, and the weather is cooperating for a great fall color season. While it's a little early to view any color, the drive along Highways 163 and 284 or any road within Village Creek State Park provide scenic views.
  • Davidsonville Historic State Park is seeing a variety of colors, around 70% green and the rest split between muted hues of yellow, red and brown. Peak will be dependent on rain in the forecast, but with perfect conditions it is estimated to occur around late October. To view the colors this weekend, try any of the area's trails, including the scenic Black River Trail.
  • Lower White River Museum State Park in Des Arc is still mostly green, but some yellow is showing among the park's tulip poplars and maples. Peak usually occurs sometime in November and this year is dependent on rain.
  • At Jacksonport State Park (pictured above) peak is estimated for early November, and the recent rainfall has helped the park's oaks show subtle shades of red and gold.