Best Scenic State Parks in Arkansas for Brilliant Fall Colors
There is nothing more beautiful than taking a Sunday drive through some of the most scenic views in the state of Arkansas this time of the year. The mountains, wooded forests, canyons, lakes, rivers, and bluffs, all give way to the vibrant colors of the fall season.
Mount Magazine State Park
One of the most stunning views is high above Arkansas' highest mountain peak Mount Magazine State Park stands at 2,753 feet and overlooks the valley below.
The temperature at Mount Magazine is always about 10 degrees cooler because of the elevation. The Lodge at Mount Magazine reminds me of a ski resort in Colorado, the only thing missing is the snow.
Several cabins line the side of the cliff with everything you need for a romantic getaway or family outing. Mount Magazine is also a haven for rock climbers and the adventurous type who loves to hang glide.
Can you imagine soaring over the treetops with all the fall foliage? There's something unique about this place that just takes all your worries away.
Petit Jean Mountain State Park
Petit Jean is located near the city of Morrilton and not very far from Mount Magazine this extraordinary park is known for its Adirondack-style historic Mather Lodge that overlooks the river valley below that includes the rugged Cedar Creek Canyon.
Also, make sure you take a hike down to the Petit Jean waterfall at the base of the canyon bluffs. This area makes for an unforgettable experience with your family or friends.
Arkansas Grand Canyon
If you love to birdwatch. the Arkansas Grand Canyon is the perfect fall getaway especially if you make it a point to stay at the Cliff House Inn located in Jasper. First of all, when traveling to get there, you will go down one of Arkansas' most scenic routes Highway 7.
There are several overlooks on the drive and the views are spectacular at every turn and twist through the mountain countryside. The Cliff House Inn was inspired by Kenneth and Fern Carter.
Devils Den State Park
There is nothing devilish about Devil's Den State Park, in fact, it's more heavenly than anything else in Arkansas.
Located in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas near the small town of West Fork, with incredible views from the iconic Yellow Rock Overlook, as far as the eye can see this park blends the natural settings of the rustic style wood and stone architecture with beautiful surroundings.
One visit here during the fall season and you will know why Arkansas is named the Natural State.
Talimena Scenic Byway
Last but not least, if you are looking for just a scenic drive, The Talimena Scenic Byway near Mena gets its name because it is one of the most popular drives in the state of Arkansas. Whether you are traveling by car or motorcycle this drive offers some of the best scenic views during the fall season.
From rolling hills through the mountain countryside, wooded forests, and road-stop scenic overlooks along the way. This scenic byway winds up in Eastern Oklahoma and is well worth the drive from Texarkana.
Autumn in Arkansas is special so roll down your window, open up your sunroof and enjoy the ride!