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Fall Foliage in Arkansas

The Seasons For Changing Leaf Colors

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Autumn in Arkansas

Autumn in Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
The Natural State is the perfect place to see Mother Nature's canvas in all of its glory. Some say our colors rival the New England States, especially in the Ozarks and Northern Arkansas.

The Change Starts In October:
In Arkansas, leaves normally start to change color at the beginning of October when the temperature starts to drop.

The Most Brilliant Colors Come In November:
The most brilliant colors can be found later in the season, at the beginning of November. You can call 1-800-628-8725 or visit the weekly updates for more information about foliage viewing.

General Time Frame:

  • October - Ozarks & Northern Arkansas are first.
    October is the perfect time to head to the Ozarks and northern Arkansas the first place in the state to be painted bright red, orange and even a pretty purple color. The Ozarks have many acres of national forests which contain black gums (these turn red early in the season), maples, hickories and oaks. Many of the trees look their most brilliant in late October so be sure to plan to make a trip up north then. Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide
  • Early November - The Ouachitas.
    In early November Mother Nature moves southward to paint the Ouachitas. Ouachita State Park is the best place to be to see the beautiful hues that the many oaks, maples and other hardwood trees take on. While driving through the forest or hiking down a nature trail, you will be enthralled by the colors of autumn and the fact that winter has finally come!

    Pinnacle Mountain and Petit Jean are great places to view foliage too. They are very close to Little Rock and they make nice day trips.

  • Mid-November - Southern Arkansas.
    The final place in Arkansas to be painted by Nature's palette is Southern Arkansas. You should venture down south in mid-November. Many state parks are in the southern portion of the state including Lake Chicot, Moro Bay and Logoly. All of these have many trees that will be showing off their pretty new looks. Southeast Arkansas Travel Guide

In my opinion, autumn in Arkansas is one of the best times to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Natural State. If you've been putting off a state park trip because you think you're too busy or don't know when to go or what to do, take the time to go visit or even just take a scenic drive through some of the parks. It will leave you relaxed, refreshed and in awe of Mother Nature's artwork.

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