An autumnal paradise is outside your front door
There are a ton of reasons to love fall in Northwest Arkansas — Razorback football, crisp autumn mornings, Ozark foliage. Whatever your favorite thing about fall, chances are the trails are a great way to experience it.
Here’s a list of my top 10 must-see spots on Northwest Arkansas trails in the fall:
- Mount Kessler (Fayetteville) – Hike to one of the many ledges to see a panoramic view of the colorful Boston Mountain fall landscape. (pictured above)
- Blowing Springs (Bella Vista) – Mountain bike or hike the 3-mile loops on this trail for blufflines and color.
- Clear Creek Trail (Fayetteville) – The hardwoods along this section of the Razorback Regional Greenway provide a riot of oranges, yellows, and reds in the fall.
- Devil’s Den State Park (Winslow) – Just about any trail in the park will fill you with awe, but hiking Yellow Rock is my favorite in the fall.
- Lincoln Lake (Lincoln) – The city hosts an annual festival at the lake in early November to take advantage of the gorgeous fall scenery.
- Upper Buffalo Trails (Red Star) – Make a day of it if you plan to visit these newly opened trails about 1 1/2 hours east of Fayetteville. Best bet this time of year is the Azalea Falls Trail.
- Park Springs Park (Bentonville) – This city park is home to the Burns Arboretum and Nature Trail and boasts the State Champion pignut hickory tree.
- Hobbs State Park Conservation Area (Rogers) – For those wanting a dose of history and an easy paved trail, visit the Historic Van Winkle Trail. For a more strenuous hike, try the 9-mile Little Clifty Loop or the 3-mile Bashore Loop.
- Lake Springdale Nature Trail (Springdale) – The city has a short, easy to hike nature trail accessible from the Lake Springdale trailhead with lovely boardwalks, wildlife viewing and plenty of fall color.
- Crystal Bridges Trail (Bentonville) – Follow the colors along the trail, the pop inside to see how those colors inspired some of our nation’s best artists.
— Misty Murphy