Can't go wrong

Hikers share favorite locales for fall color

Posted: October 12, 2017 at 5 a.m.

File photo A University of Arkansas student tries to stay dry during a morning rain shower in 2014 as she walks past the changing leaves in front of Old Main at the University of Arkansas. Warm, sunny days and cool nights, coupled with a bit of moisture, provide ideal conditions for brilliant fall displays.

"You can't go wrong in Northwest Arkansas," said Jan Casebere of Bella Vista. A member of the Hill 'N Dale Hiking Club, Casebere joined the group's "trail boss," Bev Munstermann, last week on her front porch outside of Jane, Mo. They were sharing places where they've experienced the Ozarks' beautiful fall foliage on their hikes.

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Off the beaten path

Northwest Arkansas offers “leaf peepers” a couple of unique experiences for viewing fall foliage.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Excursion Train

When: Wednesday to Sunday

Where: From A&M Depot in downtown Springdale, round trip to Van Buren’s historic downtown.

Tickets: $70 to $100 for adults

Comments: “The Ozarks are so beautiful, especially in the fall,” said Aurora Miliret, a New Orleans travel agent who books tours for groups of seniors.

Information: (800) 687-8600, amrailroad.com.

Arkansas Helicopters

Fall Foliage Flights

• 10 minute flight east of Springdale toward Beaver Lake, $65 per person

• 15 minute flight over War Eagle Mill and Beaver Lake, $95 per person

• 20 minute flight over Beaver Lake and Ozark foliage, $125 per person

Also, the business offers charter flights for customers. “Our business is about experience,” said Camron McAhren, owner of the business. “We want to make the experience an adventure you’ll never forget.”

Information: arhelicopters.com, 365-3640.

Hill ‘N Dale Hikers

bvhikingclub.com

Full color

When: Late October and early November.

Where: Northwest Arkansas

Weekly forecast: arkansas.com/travel-tools/seasons/fall/fall-update/

SOURCE: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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