HIT THE ROAD ON A SCENIC FALL DRIVE

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By Zoie Clift

Fall is a wonderful time to take a scenic drive as you head out in search of seasonal color. Fall drives are also perfect for social distancing, and Arkansas’s lodging, dining and attractions are following safety protocols so you can make the most of your route as you enjoy the beauty of The Natural State.

From Little Rock, driving toward Lake Maumelle on Arkansas 10 is a pretty drive year round but it can be a really standout experience in the fall months. This area in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains has rolling hills and plenty of trees that make up a good portion of the scenery you’ll find. Arkansas Highway 10 ends at Arkansas Highway 9 and if you head north from here, you’ll come to the town of Perryville, which is home to Lake Sylvia Recreation Area and Flatside Wilderness Area. While in Perryville, stop at Mustang Sally’s and enjoy a burger or one of their many signature dishes. You can visit Petit Jean State Park while you’re in the area too if you want to get more road time in. This state park was Arkansas’s first state park and is around 20 miles from town. The venture there is a scenic drive and a standout spot to view fall colors from vantage points like Stout’s Point.

With plentiful panoramic vistas that overlook the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, the Talimena National Scenic Byway in Mena is one of the most scenic drives around. From U.S. 71 in Mena, the route follows Ark. 88 into Oklahoma. A big chunk of the 54 mile route, 18 miles of which are in Arkansas, travels through the scenic Ouachita National Forest, which is filled with shortleaf pine and hardwood forests. In Mena, the route climbs the 2,681 foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak, and journeys by Queen Wilhelmina State Park. The drive is beautiful year round and tends to be spectacular during the fall with autumn foliage. The area is home to many beautiful trails you can hike including the Ouachita National Recreation Trail and the Queen Wilhelmina State Park trails. The Earthquake Ridge Trail has 6.8 miles of singletrack you can ride if you are into mountain biking.

The rugged and forested Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains provides the setting for Pig Trail Scenic Byway/Ark. 23, which often runs through a tunnel of foliage during spring, summer and fall. Spring wildflowers and brilliant autumn foliage make the route especially popular during those seasons. The route crosses the Mulberry River and the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail. Ark. 23 is 19 miles from the south boundary of the Ozark National Forest to its intersection with Ark. 16 at Brashears. Shopping, lodging and dining are available in Ozark near the southern end of the route and Fayetteville to the northwest. Cabins and camping are available on the byway at Turner Bend and nearby at the White Rock Mountain Recreation Area, which offers dramatic views of the surrounding Ozarks from atop the 2,260-foot peak. Other Ozark National Forest campgrounds in the area are Shores Lake and Redding.

Arkansas is a proud member of the 10-state Great River Road National Scenic Byway. This nearly 3,000-mile National Scenic Byway runs through 10 states, from Minnesota to Louisiana. It is one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in the nation, offering a gateway to the Mississippi River Valley’s great history and a host of recreational options to all visitors. Arkansas’s 362-mile section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds its way through the state’s eastern Delta region along the mighty stream. The waterway created a scenic and natural border that has beckoned people to its banks for centuries. Visitors can gaze upon acres of cotton, soybeans or rice as they travel through some of the most fertile land in the country. Along the trek, numerous historical and cultural sites preserve the history of Arkansas and its people and welcome visitors to learn more about this remarkable region. And the section that runs through the St. Francis National Forest/Mississippi River State Park between Marianna and Helena-West Helena is beautiful for fall color outings.

About Arkansas Tourism
Arkansas Tourism, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, strives to expand the economic impact of travel and tourism in the state and enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans. The division manages 14 Arkansas Welcome Centers and employs more than 60 staff members across The Natural State. For more information, visit www.arkansas.com.

Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com

DRIVE-IN MOVIES RETURN THIS FALL AT HEMPSTEAD HALL

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The drive-in movies experience returns to UAHT this fall! Check out the coming titles and dates for more info.

Hempstead Hall has always been committed to bring you quality, affordable entertainment…even in the midst of a global pandemic! We miss seeing all of you in person for our movie nights and are very excited to be able to bring back the drive-in experience for this fall. Click on any of the links below to view the movies coming to the UAHT Drive-in beginning September 25. And keep an eye out for more movie dates and options in the coming days!

All drive-in movies are $15 per vehicle. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. However, cash and credit cards can be processed onsite the night of events. Vehicles will be parked according to size (cars and smaller vehicles in front, SUVs/trucks and larger vehicles towards the back) in the parking lot behind the Science & Technology building on the UA Hope campus. Parking will be available beginning an hour and a half prior to showtime. Sound will be transmitted over an FM radio station. You will need to provide your own FM radio. Restroom facilities will be available at the Anthony Routon Pavilion — vehicles will be allowed to reenter the parking lot but spots cannot be held. All persons will need to remain in their personal vehicles for the entirety of the movies (except using the restroom facilities). All movies will start at their stated time OR when the sun sets completely (whichever happens later). 

Knives Out, Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. (or when the sun sets, whichever is later) — click HERE to purchase tickets in advance

Just Mercy, Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. (or when the sun sets, whichever is later) — click HERE to purchase tickets in advance

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. (or when the sun sets, whichever is later) — click HERE to purchase tickets in advance

Rudy, Friday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. (or when the sun sets, whichever is later) — click HERE to purchase tickets in advance

Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, Friday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. (or when the sun sets, whichever is later) — click HERE to purchase tickets in advance

Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com

SEPTEMBER ‘DISCOVER ARKANSAS’ NOW ONLINE

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The September edition of “Discover Arkansas” is now available at www.arkansas.com/discover-arkansas. Published by Arkansas Tourism, the monthly digital publication highlights events, activities and trip ideas in The Natural State.
 
If you’re in the mood for fall road trips, pumpkins, and scenic waterfront views, this month’s issue was curated just for you! Load up the car and discover Arkansas history at Louisiana State Park and Natural Area. Looking for the perfect pumpkin? Check out our articles on pumpkin patches to explore in locations from the Delta all the way to Northwest Arkansas. Day trippers and lake lovers can’t miss our cover story on lakes and rivers in Central Arkansas – or our article on outdoor ethics! For more travel inspiration, visit our website at  https://www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/.
 
You can also view previous editions of “Discover Arkansas,” order print publications to help plan your next vacation and sign up for monthly emails that feature deals and coupons for attractions across The Natural State.
 
For more information, visit www.arkansas.com.

MAIN STREETS ACROSS ARKANSAS CONTINUE TO SERVE AS COMMUNITY CORES

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

By Zoie Clift

“Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism”

Main streets represent the heart and core of communities. Every community and commercial district has its own distinct sense of place and heritage that it shares. “Our small businesses positively impact our communities in so many ways,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Main Street Arkansas. “They are the unique businesses that differentiate our communities from each other.”

Main Street communities throughout Arkansas are open to visitors and have been adapting to the current times of COVID-19 with a top priority of keeping customers and employees safe.

The Main Street Arkansas program is a preservation based economic development program for the revitalization of Arkansas’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. There are 21 designated Main Street Arkansas programs and 19 Downtown Network programs in the state.

Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, recently announced an increase in annual Downtown Revitalization Grants for local communities that take part in the Main Street Arkansas network. “The increase in funding is specifically for COVID-19 relief for small businesses in our Main Street districts,” said Phillips. “We are hopeful this supplementary assistance, coupled with other forms of assistance, will enable our small businesses to remain open and continue their role as a vital part of their communities they have always been.”

Phillips said in early spring, several Main Street programs stepped up to the task at hand and implemented innovative initiatives to help their small businesses in the midst of a continually shifting informational and economic environment.

During the early days of COVID-19, many Main Street directors helped their small businesses navigate the application process for PPE (personal protective equipment), PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), EIDL ( the Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and other COVID related grants and loans.

Phillips said communities approached the unprecedented times in various ways. Main Street Russellville supported their downtown restaurants by buying meals for local first responders. “This was a way to provide revenue for these restaurants when they could not provide dine in service and served to say thank you to the front-line workers in Russellville,” said Phillips. “Fort Smith’s 64.6 Downtown created a single-source location on their website for COVID information, funding opportunities, and business strategies to reduce information overload and help businesses navigate resources. Main Street El Dorado connected businesses with skilled volunteers to help create or strengthen their online platforms. The Downtown Jonesboro Alliance and Main Street Batesville, among others, devised utility and rent assistance programs. SoMa501 and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership partnered to install an outdoor dining room in SoMa to expand seating options and increase sales for businesses in proximity as they restructured for social-distancing regulations. These are just a few examples of what our programs have been doing.”

Main Street Arkansas is a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, which is an agency of Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

“For more than 35 years, Main Street has built a history of problem solving through innovative and entrepreneurial thinking while utilizing the very assets that make downtowns unique,” said Phillips. “Through this pandemic and economic crisis, it has become even more evident that our relationships are spatial. Our hope for Main Street programs in Arkansas is that they continue to be the epicenter of community participation, belonging, and health; that they continue to have a crucial role in supporting small businesses; and that they are looked to as the leaders for increasing quality of life and restoring the vitality of their communities.”

Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com

CRESCENT HOTEL IS READY FOR FALL TRAVELERS

Friday, September 04, 2020

Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

 (Eureka Springs, AR) — Following a most successful summer thanks to careful and responsible attention to the safety of guests during these pandemic days, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa now has turned its focus to be in ready for fall travelers.  For it is the fall of the year when this Historic Hotel of America sees its greatest influx of those wanting to escape to Eureka Springs and the Arkansas Ozarks.

“We are open to 100 percent capacity in our lodging offering,” said Jack Moyer, general manager and executive vice president, “while continuing to maintain protocols that reflect social distancing in our restaurants and ghost tours.  Our New Moon Spa & Salon will also keep its high-degree of safety for its customers to ensure peace of mind and wellness for its patrons.” 

Eureka Springs itself has embraced Arkansas’ governor’s suggestions adding a community wide sense of wellness comfort which includes the wearing of masks.  This coupled with this village’s vast array of outdoor activities and opportunities make a fall visit to this popular destination even more inviting.

Located at the midpoint of open-space attractions like Beaver and Table Rock lakes; rivers such as the White, Kings and Buffalo; and a network of both easy and more challenging hiking and mountain biking trails that crisscross the community and its environs, Eureka Springs is ready for those fall visitors looking for safe distancing and a great getaway.  The Crescent itself boasts 15 acres of gardens and pristine woodlands for guests to enjoy this fall whether on their own or in taking part in the resort hotel’s list of daily activities.

“It has become very clear that our strict adherence to safety protocols will continue to be the key element in our fall strategy,” Moyer explained.  “This promise to guests is so very important to our fall customers, especially those active seniors looking for their own, safe, Xanadu.”

Moyer noted some of the steps to be taken to welcome the traditional fall travel group, a group that tends to be a bit older and more conservative, “We plan to focus our activities on open spaces and the fresh air of the Ozarks.  Most resort activities will be narrowed to reduced capacity and by reservation only, the spa will continue temperature checks on arriving patrons, and preferential room blocks will be given so multiple guest travel parties can be closer to each other.  Smaller attendance size of events, such as weddings, will be maintained, and a Eureka Springs Guidebook, listing other shops, restaurants and attractions that share strict protocols, will be given to guests.”

Moyer went on to say that further specific considerations at the Crescent include:

> Patrons limited to 16 per each nightly ghost tour; but with multiple tours

> Modified breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.

> Shifting ~La Cena, the restaurant’s Italian-style dinner fare, to a 4 p.m. opening

> Outdoor seating of balcony rooms divided side-to-side with canvas privacy separators.

“Those guests who choose to visit in the fall enjoy cooler temperatures, spectacular fall color, and an emphasis on open-air experiences,” Moyer concluded.  “Guests will be directed to adjacent driving tours of the region as well as scenic sojourns for those who might enjoy hiking or mountain biking, casual strolls, sightseeing and memorable dinners.  In other words, fall travelers can visit us in a relaxed frame of mind, ready to fully enjoy their days with us for our team of tourism professionals are dedicated to living up to our recognition as the ‘Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality’.”

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Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com

DIVISION OF ARKANSAS HERITAGE SITES PROVIDE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES FOR TRAVELERS

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Although it isn’t quite business-as-usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still ways you and your family can enjoy visiting Division of Arkansas Heritage sites across the state. Enhanced security procedures onsite and digital offerings are allowing visitors to easily explore at the level they feel most comfortable. From culture and history to roots tourism, learn more about what activities are available to you and your family both virtually and in person.

Historic Arkansas Museum

If you’re planning to visit Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM), be sure to check out their protocols and procedures before heading out. HAM is open to the public; however, they are not able to provide tours or host school groups. Instead, the museum has made the move to digital by offering several activities and demonstrations through worksheets and videos that can be accessed through the museum’s social media pages and website.

The museum has also shifted the way it hosts events. 2nd Friday Art, a popular monthly downtown Little Rock art walk, has been moved from in-person to online. Patrons can participate virtually in gallery walks, craft and cooking demonstrations, and live music. HAM was also able to conduct their first History is Served dinner of 2020 socially distanced and digital by preparing curbside meals and utilizing the video-conferencing service Zoom to host talks by Delta food experts and event organizers.

For more information about HAM, please visit their website at www.historicarkansas.org.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) is also currently open to the public.  MTCC is working hard to keep visitors safe – in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, MTCC has implemented temperature checks and space markers to make sure patrons can maintain safe distance. MTCC also implemented cleaning procedures and limited both staff and open hours to minimize risk. Group tours are currently suspended to help reduce the number of patrons, and kiosks have been turned off to limit surfaces that patrons could touch.  

MTCC is also providing virtual experiences as an alternative to visiting the museum in person. This year, MTCC’s popular Juneteenth celebration was held entirely online and garnered around 20,000 attendees. As a part of their efforts to continue the collection and preservation of African American history, MTCC has created an online survey that allows Black Arkansans to participate in “Covid in Black: the African American Experience” remotely. More virtual experiences are in the works, including an opening reception for a new art exhibition in September. 

Learn more and plan your trip by visiting their website.

Old State House Museum

The Old State House Museum (OSHM) is open to visitors and operating on limited hours, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. on Sundays. Learn more about planning your trip here.

For those looking for a virtual experience, OSHM connects with its patrons online through a weekly video series on Facebook called Conversation in the Gallery. Each week, two staff members chat about Arkansas history related to the museum’s artifacts and exhibits.

The museum has also created a virtual tour, giving patrons 360-degree views of the museum and its exhibits from the comfort of their own home.  Staff also share weekly videos with fun programming for toddlers through the Virtual Little Beginnings Pre-K Program

Arkansas State Archives

The Arkansas State Archives (ASA) highlights different treasures from its collections on social media with its weekly Visiting the Arkansas State Archives video series on Facebook. These guided virtual visits of the archives highlight the people and objects, like World War I-era rifles to a 19th-century herbarium, that give patrons a better understanding of Arkansas history. 

For those looking to dive into their roots, the ASA is currently requiring appointments to access their research rooms. Call 501-682-6900 for reservations or for more information or email state.archives@arkansas.gov. For the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, contact 870-878-6521. For the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, contact 870-983-2633.

Delta Cultural Center

The Delta Cultural Center (DCC) located in Helena is currently open to visitors with limited hours. While most of the in-person activities have been canceled, the DCC has shifted many of its face-to-face offerings to digital events. This includes events such as the monthly Do It Yourself workshops offered by the center that are now live-streamed as a segment called “Crafts with Richard.” The DCC also made their Civil War artillery demonstration and reenactment available online to their Facebook audience.

The Peabody Award-winning King Biscuit Time Blues Radio Show has also found an online audience. Broadcast five days each week from the DCC’s Delta Sounds Studio and Gallery, the thirty-minute show is also broadcast daily as a Facebook live video, drawings listeners from as far away as Canada, England, and the Netherlands. 

Up-to-date information on virtual and in-person events can be found on their Facebook page.

About Arkansas Tourism
 
Arkansas Tourism, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, strives to expand the economic impact of travel and tourism in the state and enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans. The division manages 14 Arkansas Welcome Centers and employs more than 60 staff members across The Natural State. For more information, visit www.arkansas.com.

Fall Adventures For The Whole Family

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“FALL” IN LOVE WITH PUMPKIN HOLLOW
By Kim Williams… In 1992, Ellen and Darrell Dalton decided to use a portion of their family farm to create Pumpkin Hollow, which featured Arkansas’s first corn maze. Now, 26 years later, Pumpkin Hollow… Click Here For Full Story

BUCKET LIST FOR FALL
By Jill Rohrbach… Crisp fall weather is prime for outdoor activities in Arkansas – hiking, biking, and wildlife watching in particular. There are locations that become treasure troves in autumn when the leaves turn. Places that are downright magical. Places where your senses are heightened. Your spirit soars. Where you can breathe deeper and see deeper. One of a kind places and experiences. … Click Here For Full Story

FALL FISHING ON THE OUACHITA RIVER
By Zoie Clift… Though fishing in Arkansas is available year-round, fall is a beautiful time to cast a line and enjoy the favorable temperatures and colorful fall foliage of the season. The Ouachita River… Click Here For Full Story

FALL FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
By Kim Williams… October in the Lower Delta region means cooler temperatures…but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside. … Click Here For Full Story

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: ARKANSAS FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVES
Arkansas has more than its share of beautiful vistas any time of the year but fall is a showcase season for The Natural State. Vibrant colors associated with this season – candy apple red, lime green, pumpkin orange, sunshine yellow, brassy bronze – are on display, usually from mid-to-late October into November. …
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10 REASONS TO VISIT SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS IN THE FALL
By Zoie Clift… It is no secret that fall is a special time in Arkansas. The season is filled with camping, biking, live music, fall color, farm tours, festivals… the list can go on and on. In light of this, we decided to share Ten Reasons to Visit Southwest Arkansas in the Fall. … Click Here For Full Story

FALL FUN IN THE COUNTRY AT SUZANNE’S FRUIT FARM
By Zoie Clift… Suzanne’s Fruit Farm in Hampton is a 155- acre farm that specializes in “you pick or we pick” peaches, plums, blueberries, blackberries, muscadines, scuppernongs (yellow muscadines) and pumpkins. … Click Here For Full Story

FIRST LADIES OF ARKANSAS SHOWCASED AT OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM

FIRST LADIES OF ARKANSAS SHOWCASED AT OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM

Zoie Clift, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

The Old State House Museum in Little Rock has reopened one of its most popular exhibits, “First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times.” The newly renovated exhibit, which first opened in the 1950s, is known for having the largest display of first ladies’ gowns outside the Smithsonian.

“This whole exhibit, it’s not about the pretty dresses,” said Jo Ellen Maack, the museum’s curator. “It’s about the women themselves. It’s about their causes.”

Issues such as education, healthcare, the suffrage movement, and the arts have been championed by the first ladies and the exhibit also highlights their life after office.

“All of these women, none of them just sat back and said, ‘well I was first lady that was enough,’” said Maack. “Every one of them have gone on and led extraordinary lives. We try to talk about that in the exhibit.”

The exhibit showcases the accomplishments of governors’ wives throughout Arkansas’s history.

You can learn about Mary Jane Bradley Conway, Arkansas’s original first lady. Her husband was James Sevier Conway, who took office as Arkansas’s first governor after Arkansas became a state in 1836. His final resting place is the 11-acre historic site Conway Cemetery State Park in southwest Arkansas.

Anne McMath’s hand painted campaign gown is in the exhibit and highlights the accomplishments of Arkansas Governor Sid McMath during his first term in office. The McMath’s were the first family to live in the Governor’s Mansion, which was completed in 1950.

Hillary Clinton’s 1979 inauguration gown, which was designed by Little Rock designer Connie Fails, is also on display as well as more information on the accomplishments of this former first lady of Arkansas who went on to serve as first lady of the United States, a U.S. Senator, the U.S. Secretary of State and a nominee for President of the United States.

The well worn and duct taped hiking boots of Gay White, who served as first lady in the 1980s, are also on display from her Grand Canyon adventures.

The gowns and artifacts will be rotated once a year in the gallery, which now includes motion-activated lighting and temperature controlled cases. The exhibit will also be added to. Text panels include a quick bio of the first lady and information on their gowns if one is shown.

The exhibit also has touch screen kiosks where you can learn more about the first ladies. “You can see photographs and go in deeper for information and there is also a video we did with them,” said Maack. “Some talk about their dresses but mostly they talk about what they want to be remembered for as first lady. It’s really getting to know them even more.”

This is phase one of the permanent museum exhibit, “First Families: Mingling of Politics and Culture.” Phase two, which will be located in the next room over from the First Ladies of Arkansas exhibit, is expected to open next summer and will focus on the governors of Arkansas. “The exciting thing is that it is going to be where the original governors’ offices were when the Old State House was the state capitol,” said Maack. “I was blown away by all the governors that went on to incredible things, once again like the first ladies.”

The Old State House Museum, which is located at 300 W. Markham, interprets Arkansas history from statehood to the present. Built in 1836, the Old State House was the state’s original capitol until 1911. Admission is free and open to the public. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit OldStateHouse.com.

About Arkansas Tourism

Arkansas Tourism, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, strives to expand the economic impact of travel and tourism in the state and enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans. The division manages 14 Arkansas Welcome Centers and employs more than 60 staff members across The Natural State. For more information, visit Arkansas.com.

Experience the beauty of Arkansas’s fall foliage

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Experience the beauty of Arkansas’s fall foliage
Fall is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas because of its excellent fall foliage. Every autumn, nature paints the mountains and valleys of The Natural State with gorgeous hues of gold, red and orange. Many of Arkansas’s visitors travel here for special fall vacations to catch a glimpse (and take some incredible photos) of the season. Scenic drives showcase autumn’s finest while allowing you to explore the state’s varied topography on a fun-filled road trip.

Fall colors begin to appear in the Ozarks and other northern sections of the state by the second week in October and continue slowly southward. Mid to late October generally provides peak fall color in the northern portions of Arkansas. October and November are two of the most popular months for visitors due to the beautiful fall colors and favorable weather.

The Natural State’s autumn attractions aren’t limited to scenery; fall weather is ideal for enjoying the variety of outdoor activities that the state has to offer. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Arkansas for camping, hiking, biking, and rock climbing. While many of our northern neighbors are covered in snow by the fall, Arkansas ranges from the 40’s to the 70’s in the fall months, making it a perfect getaway before winter takes over.

You’ll also find fun, family-oriented fall festivals and events all over the state.

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