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Highway 21September 26, 2003

Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas Fall Color Updates Now Available

Reports on the progress of fall color in The Natural State are now available on the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's web site,

On a weekly basis, a statewide network of spotters report on the status of the leaves in their area. The reports are compiled and then posted to and are available to the public by 5 p.m. (CST) each Thursday. The up-to-date reports are accessible by clicking on the colorful fall leaves icon on the site's homepage. The reports are also available by calling 1-800-NATURAL (answered live 24 hours a day) or (501) 682-7777 during normal business hours.

Two national scenic byways in eastern Arkansas will provide access to the beauty of fall, especially along Crowley's Ridge and through the St. Francis National Forest. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway and Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Byway venture through some of the most historic and interesting areas of the state. The St. Francis National Forest covers more than 20,000 acres and has a variety of some of the finest bottomland hardwoods in the country. These hardwoods provide the striking fall color that makes Arkansas a popular autumn destination.

A series of state and national scenic highways in the Ozarks and Ouachitas provide for eye-catching views as well. Scenic Talimena Scenic Byway7 Byway, one of the most well-known drives in the state, provides viewing options for both the Ozarks and the Ouachitas. Arkansas Highways 16, 9, 23 and 21 are a few of the others in the Ozarks. In the Ouachitas, the Talimena Scenic Byway, U.S. Highways 70, 71 and 270, plus Arkansas Highways 10 and 27 are ideal.

According to Eddie Fugatt, assistant research director for the department and the person heading the spotters network, this year has the potential to be a good one. "Weather conditions from mid-September to mid-to-late October are what give us bright color. Ideal conditions include lots of sunny days with highs in the 60s to lower 70s, followed by crisp nights with temperatures in the 35- to 40-degree range. Abundant rainfall earlier in the summer and moderate temperatures should result in more hardwoods entering the fall in a green, healthy state," Fugatt said.

Scenic 7 Byway

To get a free Arkansas Vacation Planning Kit, visit or call 1-800-NATURAL.



Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 682-7606

May be used without permission. Credit line is appreciated:
"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism"




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