Why Visit the Ozark Mountains? All the Fall Colors!

Why the Ozarks?

img_1521rrHow about a painter’s palette full of color? The Ozarks display reds, yellows, and a multitude of variations.

Color begins with black gum trees changing to brilliant reds in early October and continues to spread through maple, sweet gum and oak. Even poison ivy can add to the color combinations. Color usually peaks in late October and early November in the Ozarks.

 

 

Many variables play into the changing of fall colors, making trip planning a challenge. I just pick some dates and roll the dice. Sometimes I hit it at the peak and feel like I won the lottery. Sometimes I miss it, but there’s plenty of beauty, and I’ve never regretted a trip into the Ozarks.

Alley Spring just past peak colors

Alley Spring just past peak colors

If you have some flexibility in selecting travel dates, you can follow fall foliage updates at the following sites:

Arkansas Tourism

Missouri Department of Conservation

Rocky Creek on the Ozark Trail in Missouri

Rocky Creek on the Ozark Trail in Missouri

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Be sure to carry your camera, especially on sunny days. Catching fall foliage backlit by the sun can increase intensity and make colors pop.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t hesitate to photograph fall foliage on overcast days because warm colors and contrasting light can produce pleasing effects.

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Little splash of color on an overcast day

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Hurricane Creek Wilderness Area

AR 23 has several pullouts for views. Even non-peak colors are pleasing.

AR 23 north of I-40 has several pullouts for views. Even non-peak colors are pleasing.

Collect some friends or family and head to the Ozarks for a fall tour, dayhike, or backpacking trip. The colorful Ozarks will soothe your eyes while the cool, crisp air renews your spirit!

View from Hare Mountain on the Ozark Highlands Trail

View from Hare Mountain on the Ozark Highlands Trail

Lone color at an Ozarks creek crossing

A lone piece of color at an Ozarks stream crossing

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Early fall color on the Buffalo River

Jim Warnock
ozarkmountainhiker@gmail.com
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