Autumn is the ideal season to enjoy the outdoors in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, especially the Branson area. Visitors to the region can benefit from the numerous tourist opportunities to enjoy nature in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. For sure, it is easy to take pleasure in viewing the overabundance of shifting colors on the rolling Ozark hills. From hiking the challenging terrain in the numerous state parks to attending a virtual cornucopia of festivals, people of varying tastes can certainly find an outdoor activity to suit their liking. No doubt, the area offers a wide range of opportunities for anyone to enjoy the weather during this most picturesque time of year.
An assortment of state parks exists in both southern Missouri and northern Arkansas that offer unlimited prospects to take pleasure in the beautiful autumn atmosphere. From spending the weekend in a rustic cabin at Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas to spelunking the Ozarks Caverns in southwest Missouri, the area’s state parks offer a seemingly endless opportunity to enjoy autumn.
Similarly, fall provides the perfect weather to enjoy an extraordinary day at the Ozark Folk Center, or take pleasure in trout fishing the gently flowing streams of Roaring River State Park.
Beyond the boundaries of the many state parks, southern Missouri and northern Arkansas come to life with festival after festival each autumn season. From the Apple Butter Days in Mount Vernon, to the Pioneer Days in Warsaw, to the Pumpkin Festival in Republic, the region is blessed with countless fall celebrations. Through October, the National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City exhibits the flair of the finest craftsmen in America. If one truly enjoys crafts, these festivals offer a virtual heaven on earth for their visitors. Starting in November, visitors to Silver Dollar City are treated to over four million Christmas lights illuminating the park each evening. In Springfield, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park boasts multiple festivals on its grounds each fall season; at the same time, the unusual park offers visitors an opportunity to take a hay ride, visit a pumpkin patch, explore a corn maze, and enjoy Christmas lights later in the season. However, the park does not boast the only corn maze in the Ozarks, as the region is littered with multiple mazes hewn between the seemingly endless fields of corn.
Most of all, the Ozarks offer up the handiwork of God, as the majestic landscape comes alive with color each autumn. In Branson, visitors can view this scenery firsthand while riding the Branson Scenic Railway from southern Missouri into northern Arkansas and back again. Likewise, the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad in northern Arkansas offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the fall color while traversing over the Boston Mountain range.
All in all, the Ozark region comes alive each autumn with festivals, celebrations, and the changing of the seasons. Visitors to the area are sure to leave pleased they made the journey.