Fall Foliage Update, October 3, 2017
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...