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Fall Foliage Update October 31, 2017

Cheree Miller
Feb 7 7 minutes read

Colors are starting to pop in various parts of the state with the additional moisture and cooler temperatures. More rain is expected this week. Some areas are at peak now, others are expected to peak within the next week or so. There is no better weekend to get out and experience Fall in all of its splendor!

Dierks Lake was formed after the 1975 completion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a dam across the Saline River in southwestern Arkansas. Located on the 1,360-acre lake are Corps of Engineers recreation areas offering more than 100 campsites, boat ramps and swimming areas. The lake is best known among anglers for its largemouth bass, but fishing for crappie, bream and catfish is also good.
Colors: Beautiful yellows, gold and reds
Best Views:  Camp out at Jefferson Ridge, or take a hike to Panther Bluff Falls.

Jasper area - Jasper is a a quiet, progressive and beautiful town smack dab in the middle of the Arkansas Ozark Plateau. It’s the perfect pairing of rural life and creative community. Jasper’s biggest boom came from Dogpatch, USA – a theme park opened in the 1960s, based on the famed “Lil Abner” comics by Al Capp. When Dogpatch, USA folded in the 1990s, the area saw a decline, but the reintroduction of elk into the Buffalo National River valley and a growing motorcycling tourism push have brought back much of the town.
Colors: Brilliant reds, yellow and golds mixed with green
Best Views:  Float the Buffalo River, or do some Elk watching.

Crater of Diamonds State Park - a 911-acre Arkansas state park in Pike County. The park features a 37.5-acre plowed field, the world's only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public. Of all the Arkansas state parks, the Crater of Diamonds has had arguably the most colorful history, with stories of treasure hunters and the diamonds found in Arkansas through the decades. Located at 209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR (870) 285-3113. 
Colors: Breathtaking golds, yellows and reds
Best Views: 
Take a drive on the Short Loop, Medium Loop or Long Loop!

Lake Poinsett State Park - a 132-acre Arkansas state park nestled in a Crowley’s Ridge valley.  The 640-acre lake offers great fishing, camping, picnicking, screened pavilion, hiking trails and marina rentals. Interpretive programs offered. The park was formed after the damming of Distress Creek to create a recreational lake in the county in 1960. Located at 5752 State Park Rd, Harrisburg. (870) 578-2064
Colors: Gorgeous mixture of browns, yellows and oranges
Best Views: 
Take a 
guided kayak or canoe tour, or hike along the Great Blue Heron trail.

Lake Fort Smith State Park - Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park is on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith. Here you can enjoy outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. Located at 15458 Sheperd Springs Rd, Mountainburg. (479) 369-2469
Colors: Bright reds, and oranges mixed with yellows and browns
Best Views: 
Take a waterfall hike along the
 Ozark Highlands Trail or Warren Hollow. Or view the fall foliage from the lake.

Woolly Hollow State Park - a 370-acre Arkansas state park in Faulkner County, near Greenbrier. Enjoy fishing, floating, and swimming in the peaceful waters of 40-acre Lake Bennett. The park offers canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and fishing boats for rent. Woolly Cabin, the log home of the area's first settlers, offers visitors a historic perspective of the park. Enders Fault is a 10-mile hiking and mountain bike trail that takes its name from the area's active seismic fault line just north of the park. Featuring the rolling terrain found here in foothills of the Ozark, this single-track trail leads through gentle valleys along pristine creeks and climbs over 150 feet to offer views of Lake Bennett from ridges above during winter months -- or fall foliage now! Located at 82 Woolly Hollow Rd, Greenbrier  (501) 679-2098
Colors: Bright reds, and oranges mixed with yellows and browns
Best Views: 
Bike or hike along 
Enders Fault Trail or Huckleberry Trail 

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains just outside of Little Rock. The main attraction is Pinnacle Mountain, a massive outcrop of the Jackfork Sandstone. Take a hike or ride your bike. The east side of the park offers bikers more than eight miles of single track mountain bike trails. Choose from the seven-tenths-of-a-mile Rabbit Ridge Mountain Bike Trail or the 7.4-mile Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail.  The park's diversity of habitat provides many outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults, including interpretive canoe and boat tours led by park interpreters. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland (501) 868- 5806.
Colors: Gorgeous panoramas of fiery reds, and bright oranges and yellow
Best Views:  
Schedule a 
Fall Foliage Lake Cruise, or take an easy stroll along Rabbit Ridge Trail.

Greers Ferry Lake Nestled in the Ozarks, Greers Ferry is ranked among one of the cleanest clearest lakes in the nation, and the Little Red River is known as one of the blue-ribbon trout streams of America. This 40,000-acre masterpiece pleases water enthusiasts of all types. The lake is surrounded by an abundance of rock outcropping, trees, and wildlife making it a leading tourist destination. There's an adventure here for everyone! Located at 700 Heber Springs Road North, Heber Springs. 501-362-9067
Colors: Greens, yellows, oranges and golds
Best Views:  
Schedule a 
Fall Photo Adventure!  Or hike along part of the 9 continuous miles of trails!

It's a great weekend to go for a drive!  Check out the scenic byways and trails on

Until next week!

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