How would you like to take a Fall Foliage Bus Tour? The Ozark National Forest is having it's 56th Annual Autumn Color Tour this Friday, October 20th. It's the best bargain around at $6.00 per person! Register NOW before the space is all gone!
AND, don't forget your camera while you are out taking in the autumn beauty. The US Forest Service wants you to participate in their Instagram Photo Challenge! So, hit them with your best shots of Arkansas Fall colors by using the hashtag #forestfallcolors2017 and one or more category hashtags (#people, #landscape, #wildlife).
We are starting to see some beautiful changes in the leaves here in the Russellville area! More rain is expected this weekend, which should help keep those colors coming! We've included another Fall Foliage video for you, as well as a report on where you can find the best fall colors this week.
Peak for this area is expected in the next 2 weeks. Get out your map (does anyone still use those???) or Google some locations (we have also provided links in the descriptions for your convenience) and plan your road trip to take in the beauty of the Natural State all decked out in Fall Colors! Peak: Approximately 2 weeks
Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark mountains of northern Arkansas. You'll find the tallest mountain in the State, Mount Magazine, and an incredible, living underground cave--Blanchard Springs Caverns. There is a government office located at 605 W Main St, Russellville, AR. Call 479-964-7200 for more information.
Colors: Mostly green, but a variety of fall colors along throughout the forest
Best Views: reserve space now for the 56th Annual Autumn Color Tour Friday, October 20th. The tour begins at 9:00 a.m. from the Newton County courthouse in Jasper and returns at 2:30 p.m. Buses will take the tour group along a scenic route through the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests and the Buffalo National River. $6 per person. Bring snacks or lunch, jacket, camera, and comfortable shoes.
Buffalo National River was the first National River to be designated in the United States. The Buffalo River is 153 miles long. The park is located at 170 Ranger Road, St Joe, AR. Take a tour of the Boxley Valley Grist Mill or get information about elk-viewing in the area on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. throughout the month of October.
Colors: Mostly green, some rusty red and yellows.
Best Views: Take a tour of the historic grist mill which served residents of Boxley Valley for over 100 years.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park in north central Arkansas stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake join at the Bull Shoals Dam. The White River is renowned as mid-America’s premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Bull Shoals Dam forms Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas’s largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. The Visitor's Center is located at 153 Dam Overlook Lane, Bull Shoals, AR. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 870-445-3629 for more information.
Colors: Mostly green, some reds (maples, Virginia creeper), oranges and yellows (oaks, sycamores and elms).
Best Views: rent a kayak, canoe, or even a 20' Commissary Boat to get a great view of the fall colors from the lake. Or take a leisurely drive along Highway 7, 14 or 148.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is a 12,056-acre Arkansas state park in Benton, Carroll, and Madison Counties, Arkansas. The park's landscape consists of plateaus, ridges, valleys, and streams featuring an upland forest of oak, hickory and pine. Many water features including disappearing streams, springs and seeps have carved the many hollows in this fragile limestone landscape and created cave-related features including numerous sinkholes. It's located at 20201 AR-12, Hindsville, AR. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 479-789-5000 for more information.
Colors: 80% green with some reds and browns, a few yellows and oranges, and a hint of purple.
Best Views: along Highway 12 through the park
Lake Fort Smith State Park is a 260-acre Arkansas state park in Crawford County, Arkansas. 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. The park can be found at 15458 Sheperd Springs Rd, Mountainburg, AR. Call 479-369-2469 for more information.
Colors: Some reds, oranges and quite a bit of brown due to a dry September.
Best Views: Hop in the car and take your family on a drive up Hwy 71 from Alma into Missouri. Or take I-49 north on the Boston Mountains Scenic Loop.
Mammoth Spring State Park is a 62.5-acre Arkansas state park in Fulton County, Arkansas. The park surrounds Mammoth Spring, a National Natural Landmark. Located at 17 US Hwy 63, Mammoth Spring, AR, the park is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Call 870-625-7364 for more information.
Colors: a few yellows and oranges on the maple trees
Best Views: Highway 63, or Highway 9 from Mountain View to the park.
Mount Nebo State Park -- Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo and take visitors to the awe-inspiring Sunrise and Sunset Points, perfect places to take in the view. The park is located at 16728 State Hwy 155, Dardanelle, AR. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 479-229-3655 for more information.
Colors: some reds and yellows.
Best Views: try the visitor center or any of the park's trails.
Ozark Mountain Region, with its rugged beauty, stunning vistas, secluded cabins, sparkling rivers and waterfalls, fish-filled lakes, hiking and biking trails, awe-inspiring caverns … the Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region offers exciting, rejuvenating and inspiring year-round, outdoor adventures for travelers of all ages. Various locations, Harrison, AR. Call 870-204-4807 for more information.
Colors: some orange and burgundy (dogwoods), and some yellows and oranges in smaller plants, deep reds, to vibrant oranges and bright yellows (sugar maples)
Best Views: Harrison's Maplewood Cemetery
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is an Arkansas state park located next to Prairie Grove. It commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove, fought December 7, 1862, in the American Civil War. The battle secured northwestern Arkansas for the Union. The park is located at 506 E Douglas St, Prairie Grove, AR. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 479-846-2990 for more information.
Colors: mostly green, with a few trees showing full fall color, some shades of orange, red and brown.
Best Views: Along Scenic 71 or hiking the Battlefield Trail.
Withrow Springs State Park is a 786-acre park & natural springs in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, nestled in a narrow valley cradled by the limestone bluffs of the War Eagle Creek. Withrow Springs State Park is a peaceful setting for camping, hiking, and quiet river floats. Located at 33424 AR-23 Spur, Huntsville, AR. It's open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 479-559-2593 for more information.
Colors: some yellows (sycamores and hickories), reds (dogwoods) and browns (oaks).
Best views: along Highway 23 or hiking the War Eagle Trail to the scenic overlook.