Make the most of the season by packing your crew into a car and heading out to view Arkansas' eye-catching foliage. Whether you're more into leisurely drives along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway or you'd rather lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail, there are plenty of fall foliage opportunities for everyone.
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Pig Trail Scenic Byway
This byway passes through the forested Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains. Thanks to the abundance of trees in the Ozark National Forest, drivers will feel as though they’re traveling through a tunnel of foliage during the fall months. This route is a favorite among Razorback fans heading up to Fayetteville to call the Hogs.
Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park
This trail will lead you 300 feet in elevation to one of the best views in the park. Atop the Yellow Rock you will have an unobstructed view of the Lee Creek valley, with an abundance of fall foliage dotting the landscape. Along the rest of the trail you will see cedar glades, interesting rock formations and the first structure built in the park. To reach the trail, head north to Fayetteville. About 8 miles south of Fayetteville on Interstate 540 take exit 53, then drive for 18 miles southwest on Highway 170. Once you enter the state park, look for signs directing you to the Yellow Rock trailhead or stop by the visitor’s center for directions.
Whitaker Point Trail in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness
This easy, 3-mile roundtrip trail guides hikers to a crag overlooking Whitaker Creek and the Upper Buffalo wilderness. To locate the trail, hikers will find the trailhead at Boxley Valley at the intersection of Highway 21 and 43, then head south on Highway 21 for 1.2 miles. Just before the highway crosses the Buffalo River, turn right on a dirt road. Follow this road for six steep miles, passing Cave Mountain Church, and turn right into the "Wilderness Area" parking lot, where you’ll see the trailhead. The dirt road turnoff can be elusive, so for more detailed instructions stop at the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca for a map and explanation from one of the center’s knowledgeable staff members.
The Ozark Mountain region begins its color change in early October. The Peak usually occurs in late October to early November.
The Ouachitas and Arkansas River Valley take on color within a week or so following the Ozarks. Early mid-November is normally the peak time for this area.
The Delta and Gulf Coastal Plain are usually transformed by mid-November.