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Fall Foliage Update, October 3, 2017

Cheree Miller
Feb 7 3 minutes read

Slowly, slowly... we continue to see the colors change. Yellows, reds and oranges are starting to creep across the green landscape. What we REALLY need is some rain to keep the colors going!!! We had a small amount here in the Russellville area overnight, with heavy thunderstorms expected later today. Hopefully, there will be enough moisture to keep the color progression going, with not too much wind to blow the leaves off of the trees!

Here is your report for the best fall foliage viewing right now in Arkansas.

Southwest and South Central Arkansas are taking the lead in the changing colors of the season. 

The Ouachitas are still mostly green, but there are reds, yellows and oranges making their appearance. Your best view is going to be from one of the area's lakes, so this would be a great time to plan a boating trip!

Hot Springs National Park  

Colors: a variety of reds and browns with a few yellows mixed in.
Peak is expected in the next 1 or 2 weeks.
Best views:  Mountain overlooks like Hot Springs Mountain Tower, the Grand Promenade, or Balance Rock off of the Sunset Trail.

Lake Catherine State Park 

Colors: some browns, yellows and just a hint of red.
Peak is always dependent upon rain
Best views: from the lake of Horseshoe and Dam Mountains.

Lake Ouachita State Park 

Colors: sweet gums and hickories are beginning to yellow, sumac is turning red.
Peak: this week or next.
Best views: the drive into the park, or one of the lake tours.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Colors: mostly green, with some yellow, orange and red.  
Peak:  3 to 4 weeks
Best views: driving north along Highway 7, or by taking a lake tour.

Caddo-Womble Ranger District 

Colors: yellow and red
Peak: early October.
Best views: Hickory Nut Mountain or Albert Pike.

Crater of Diamonds State Park 

Colors: yellow with a few red, orange and brown highlights.
Best views: foothills of the Ouachitas, the view from Lake Greeson, or a drive along Highway 27 North to Kirby.

Logoly State Park

Colors: some yellows, oranges, reds and browns in green landscape.
Peak:  2 or 3 weeks.
Best views: the Visitors Center and the playground/day use area.

Until next time...

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