Arkansas September 03, 2018
You’ll Be Happy To Hear That Arkansas’ Fall Foliage Is Expected To Be Bright And Bold This Year
Collectively, Arkansans are certainly ready for fall. Although our summer wasn’t terrible this year (for once we didn’t have any record droughts), the end of August brought about a strong anticipation for autumn. The state still may need a month until the crisp weather sets in but we can all look forward to a colorful season. Let’s start planning our scenic drives and hikes through the fall leaves as we look ahead to the 2018 fall foliage predictions.
It may be a bit soon but the fall season will soon be enveloping the Natural State.
We may need to be patient until the fall color actually sets in, but that doesn't mean we can't go ahead and start planning a few drives or trips to pumpkin patch.
According to the Weather Channel's predictions, Arkansas' fall foliage should be rather colorful.
The state is split into two major peaks. The northern half between Fort Smith to Helena-West Helena will peak in late October. South of this point will peak around early November. To see the full map, visit their website
Our mild summer is to thank for the upcoming explosion of color.
August and September are the determining factors to how colorful the foliage will be. Sunny days and cooling nights during this time allow trees to produce the sugars that will become the beautiful reds in the next season. The yellows and oranges come from the degradation of chlorophyll during the cooler days around September. Unless an unexpected drought hits this month, the colors should be bold and beautiful.
This means that November will be the best time for hiking.
Between the rain and foliage predictions, mid to late November will be perfect for a crisp waterfall hike.
Camping will be rather wet this year, however.
Our winter is predicted to be wet but mild. The gorgeous scenery may make at least one soggy camping trip worth it. Just be sure to come prepared for inevitably rains.
Scenic drives will depend on where you're traveling to in the state.
A drive around the National Scenic Byway 7 near Arkadelphia may need to wait until November. The Boston Mountain Scenic Loop in NWA could be taken as early as late October. We'll provide some more trip inspiration as the season continues.
We're looking forward to a colorful fall season!
Nothing beats the beauty of autumn in the Natural State.
What are your favorite fall activities? Share with us in the comments below!
The Farmer’s Almanac has some interesting predictions about
Arkansas’ upcoming winter.