Let’s Peep Some Leaves, People

Getting the most out of The Natural State's vibrant fall foliage
Wondering where the leaves are hitting their peak? Check out the fall-color update on Arkansas Tourism‘s website.


At An Enchanting Evening Winery in Roland, just west of Little Rock, you can sip a glass of pinot within eyeshot of Pinnacle Mountain. The winery is housed in a yurt, nestled into the trees on a hillside, and the view is … enchanting. Wine’s not too shabby, either. (anenchantingevening.com)


The 198-mile Crowley’s Ridge National Scenic Byway curls through the upland hardwoods of the St. Francis National Forest, one of the most diverse forests in the country—and which, BTW, is prime leafpeeping territory. Bonus: You’ll be in spitting distance of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott, the Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna and the Delta Cultural Center in Helena along the way. (arkansas.com/scenic-byways/crowley-ridge/)


Look, Lake Ouachita is beautiful any time of year. But in the fall, with the reds and umbers and ochers reflecting from the hillsides down onto the water below? That’s something you don’t want to miss. Take it all in from Lake Ouachita State Park’s 1.5-hour fall foliage boat tour on Nov. 11. (arkansasstateparks.com/lakeouachita)


Feeling adventurous? Get a bird’s-eye view of the treetops while careening at a speed of 50 mph down Horseshoe Canyon Ranch’s half-mile-long zip line, which hangs 277 feet above the forest floor. Maybe you should try it and report back. Yeah. (horseshoecanyonduderanch.com)


OK, so it’s not THE Grand Canyon. But Arkansas’ Grand Canyon, just outside Jasper, is still something to behold. Particularly from a window-side seat over a plate of chicken-fried steak with a side of Company’s Comin’ Pie at the aptly named Cliff House Inn. (cliffhouseinnar.com)


It ain’t exactly a walk in the park—it’s 14 miles of ups and downs and rocks and ridges. But the Cossatot River Corridor Trail is conquerable and offers up plenty of photo-worthy vistas of the Ouachita National Forest and the river for which the trail is named. If you’re after an easier Ouachita hike, Flatside Pinnacle is accessible from a short spur trail that won’t leave you breathless. View might, though. (arkansasstateparks.com/cossatotriverstatepark)


The Sierra Club offers outings in Nepal, New Zealand, Bhutan and … on the Buffalo River? Not that we’re surprised—our national river is a treasure, and you can experience it with fresh eyes during the club’s seven-day fall-color float Nov. 5-11. You’ll likely come away with a greater appreciation for the place, and a host of farflung friends to boot. (content.sierraclub.org/outings/fall-colorfloat-scenic-buffalo-river-arkansas)


Tucked into the Ozark oaks and hickories about a mile west of downtown Bentonville lies the Coler Mountain Bike Preservethe newest in the nationally lauded network of track known as the Oz Trails. Expect uber-technical sections, flowy singletrack and a mountain-top behemoth known as The Hub. (oztrailsnwa.com)