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Fall Foliage Update October 24, 2017

Cheree Miller
Feb 7 8 minutes read

While many areas in Arkansas are still mostly green, there are a few places where the color has begun to pop. Here is this week's Fall Foliage update and our recommendations on where to go to see the beautiful colors of the fall season. The best colors this week are in the North Arkansas Ozarks. Our favorite fall foliage tour is the Fall Foliage Scenic Rail tour!

Be sure to take your camera along with you so you can enter Nikon's "Top Spot for Fall Foliage" contest. You can enter on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. Remember to use the hastag #NikonFallAR on your pictures!! The deadline to enter is November 3, 2017.

North Arkansas Ozarks

Bentonville is known as the birthplace of the retailer Walmart. Downtown’s Walmart Museum includes founder Sam Walton’s original five-and-dime store. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art displays work from the colonial era to the present. Its sprawling grounds include forest trails, sculpture gardens and waterside pavilions. The Scott Family Amazeum offers hands-on science and art exhibits.
Colors: Abundant reds and yellows
Best Views: Downtown, or plan to visit Crystql Bridges or the Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens.

Mammoth Spring State Park is a 62.5-acre Arkansas state park in Fulton County. Mammoth Spring is Arkansas's largest springs. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly. Forming a scenic 10-acre lake, it then flows south as the Spring River, a popular Ozark trout and float stream. Located near the spring, the park's 1886 Frisco depot will take you back in time to an early 1900s train station.
Colors: Pretty shades of yellows and reds.
Best Views: Take a free tour of the Old Frisco Train Depot Museum, or better yet, ride the train and tour the Ozark on the scenic rail!

Searcy County is in the Boston Mountains and the Springfield Plateau sections of the Ozark Plateau. With hundreds of miles of horseback riding trails, and camping areas ranging from primitive to modern with great facilities, there is plenty to do in Searcy County!
Colors: Flaming reds and oranges
Best Views: Take a ride along scenic Highway 66 (or a drive, if you don't have a motorcycle!) or take a drive on the Boston Loop.

Harrison, located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, is nationally recognized as one of the "Best Small Towns in America" with a downtown lake and a beautifully renovated town square complete with hanging flower baskets. Harrison was previously featured in Where to Retire Magazine as one of the best retirement towns. Harrison's scenic canyons, hills, and rivers allow privacy and wide-open spaces. For outdoor lovers, canoing and fishing amid the limestone bluffs and serene scenery on Buffalo National River are popular activities.
Colors: bright reds, soft yellows
Best Views: Maplewood Cemetery is one of the best places in Harrison to view the fall colors. (video above)

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is an Arkansas state park located next to Prairie Grove. It commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove, fought December 7, 1862, in the American Civil War. The battle secured northwestern Arkansas for the Union. There are numerous tours available, including a self-guided CD tour and a virtual tour.
Colors: oranges, reds and yellows
Best Views: take a drive along the Heritage Trail of Washington County Road #28 (Hogeye Road) to connect to Highway 156.

Mount Nebo State Park - Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and pavilions. There are 34 campsites and 14 miles of trails to explore.
Colors:  reds and yellows
Best Views:  take a hike along the Rim Trail.

South Arkansas Ouchitas

Lake Ouachita State Park is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, and known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing.
Colors: some reds and oranges
Best Views: take a lake tour for your best views now, and plan to attend the Fall Foliage Weekend November 10-12!

DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas’s only resort state park. Located near Bismarck, Ark., in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of 13,800-acre DeGray Lake, one of the region’s five Diamond Lakes known for their crystal clear waters, DeGray offers all the outdoor adventure and quality of an Arkansas State Park combined with resort class amenities at one of the finest lodges in the state.
Colors: full spectrum of fall colors, reds, oranges and purples, scattered among the pines.
Best Views:  take either the Fall Foliage Lake Tour or the Eagle Watch Tour.

Crater of Diamonds State Park  offers park visitors a one-of-a-kind experience—the adventure of hunting for real diamonds. You’ll search over a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the world's eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater -- the world's only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public. If you find a diamond, it is yours to keep.
Colors:  reds, yellows, oranges and browns
Best Views:  take a drive along Highway 27/70 north from the park through the mountains.

Central Arkansas

Our area of the state is still mostly green! We have just a hint of red, yellow and orange. 

Best Views: Take a drive from downtown Little Rock along Cantrell Road through the Heights and Hillcrest districts. Or, head farther west toward Pinnacle Mountain along Highway 10 and Pinnacle Valley Road. Stop in at the Arkansas Arboretum or hike along one of the summit trailheads.

Eastern Arkansas Delta

Davidsonville Historic State Park preserves the site of historic Davidsonville in Randolph County. Established in 1815, the town included the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse, and land office. Archeological excavations here are uncovering remarkable finds of streets, foundations, and objects that tell a fascinating story of life on the Arkansas frontier following the Louisiana Purchase. Park exhibits and interpretive tours provide information about this important frontier town. Visitors can take a tour and learn all about Arkansas frontier history.
Colors: a variety of colors, 70% green with muted yellow, red and brown.
Best Views: Black River Trail or any of the parks other trails.

Fall Foliage at Home

For those of you who can't get out this weekend, there are several options to view Fall Foliage from the comfort of your own home. 

  • Visit to watch their webcam views from the top of Crescent Mountain. The screen automatically refreshes every 15 minutes. 
  • Buffalo Camping & Canoeing posts pictures regularly to their Facebook page. You can see the reds and yellows have begun to pop.
  • Another facebook page to check out is Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa for pictures and fall color updates.

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