(Photo: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)
Each fall, the tiny Ozark mountain town of Jasper beckons visitors with the promise of vivid fall colors and Southern hospitality. Start the warm fall days with a big breakfast at a local cafe or by people-watching in the downtown square before heading out for some serious leaf peeping, wildlife spotting, and scenic drives.
Fall Foliage: Popular foliage drives include the Scenic 7 Byway, thought to be one of the most scenic drives in the country, and the Heart of Newton County tour, a 60-mile loop through small towns, along the Buffalo National River, and past some of Arkansas' elk herds. Around this time, the weather is ideal for hiking—the Lost Valley Trail and Hawksbill Crag trails are both relatively short hikes that deliver fall color and lovely scenery.
Time it Right: The best time to see the fall colors near Jasper is usually between October 15 and November 15. You can stay up-to-date on fall foliage around the state by checking the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism website.
Stay: Downtown Jasper's The Arkansas House Inn serves handmade organic cinnamon rolls and blueberry scones to guests each morning. Rates start at $85 per night.