Predict the displays of Fall Foliage in Arkansas?

You note the abundant summer rains. The hours of sunlight, while still beautiful, are getting shorter. You feel the cool nights, but there are no hard frosts in the forecast. Given these signs, can you now predict the arrival of the colorful Fall Foliage in Arkansas? With a little luck, and little wind, you could be on to something.

Fall Foliage in Arkansas

Timing a trip to see the autumn leaves is a pastime in and of itself, ever since people have been vacationing in Arkansas. Planning and good fortune are both factors for your success. If you arrive too early, you might catch the proverbial first fallen autumn leaf, but the remaining leaves will be wearing their summer greens. If you come too late, you might as well jump in the huge piles of leaves on the ground.

How would you ensure that the days you have away from your real world are maximized by enjoying a brilliant Ozarks leaf display? You could consult  scientists for their best guesses. But even though researchers derive their predictions by comparing current and historical rain and temperature data, this does not guarantee you that the display will be on show on any specific dates. Typically, the first windstorm after the leaves show their autumn colors signals the last day of the pageantry.

You could also look for other clues, to make your travel prediction. After your last lawn mowing, when the ground is covered with acorns, after the hawks, geese, and butterflies fly south, when the bears are berrying, and before Jack Frost pinches the leaves with his icy fingers; head to the Ozarks! Autumn is a magnificent time to be here!

If your travel prediction and luck are true-rejoice! “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”- Albert Camus

If the winds and rains of fall take the opportunity from you, be edified by what is next! “Here is the dark tree denuded now of leafage…But a million stars”- Shiki

Swimming Holes Near Eureka Springs

Cascading Lake WaterfallAlong with the peace and tranquility of a summer stay at Silver Ridge Resort, your party may be interested in swimming. Here is a list of some of the best swimming holes near Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Silver Ridge Resort.
Please note: There are no lifeguards at these natural locations. It is up to you and your party to assess swimming conditions, and to monitor your own safety.
And please help everyone maintain the pristine nature of these beautiful places.

Swimming Holes Near Eureka Springs

From nearest to Silver Ridge, to furthest…

Hogscald Hollow is located on Beaver Lake, just 3.5 miles from Silver Ridge. The valley has a stunning collection of spring fed streams, waterfalls, and collecting pools. The waterfalls are rain dependent. Be aware of water flowing over Hogscald Rd./CR 148 after heavy rains. As always, please “leave no trace”  while exploring this area.

Big Clifty Park , 6.5 miles from Silver Ridge, is a camping and day-use spot on Beaver Lake where swimming and paddle sports opportunities abound. You can put a boat in at this park and paddle upstream to the magical Hogscald Hollow.

Rockhouse Creek Access is a public access point on the Kings River where many visitors launch boats for paddle sports and fishing excursions. Downstream from this sandy spot the river deepens, creating a nice swimming hole and wading streams. The swimming at this location is rain dependent. Check weather and river levels for best conditions.

The War Eagle River is a meandering tributary that originates in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas and runs along the south side of Withrow Springs State Park. The swimming hole is accessed from the War Eagle Trail at Withrow Springs, hiking north to south, as it drops down from a 150 foot tall bluff line. A cool pool, wading streams, and rock shelves for lounging can be accessed in this area. Be careful with kids along this high and often slippery trail. Check with park officials about water levels as the deeper pools are rain dependent. If the river conditions are not ideal, “safe bets” for you are the pool and wading springs in the park.