10 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Arkansas

By Kerrie Hatcher

10 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Arkansas

The Natural State is a beautiful place in the fall and what better way to experience it than with some great outdoor activities. From fishing and floating to hunting and hiking, Arkansas offers a variety of outdoor adventures. Check out this list of our favorites.

Go digging for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park

Get ready for a unique adventure searching for real diamonds! This 37-acre field is the only diamond-producing site in the world that’s open to the public. At the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, you can search the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater for diamonds and other semi-precious stones.

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Go off-roading at Carter Off-Road Park

This great park in Alexander, Arkansas, features 24/7 access to a variety of ATV obstacles, trails, and more. With a goal of providing a safe place for the Central Arkansas community to ride and play in the mud together, Carter Off-Road Park was established back in 2014. Designed for riders to challenge themselves, there is something for everyone at Carter Off-Road Park.

Go camping at the Beaver Lake Dam Site Campground

You’ll find this campground in the Northwest Arkansas Ozark Mountains along the shores of Beaver Lake. With an abundance of spacious campsite and recreational activities, the Beaver Lake Dam Site Campground is one of the best of its kind in the Natural State. While camping, let your eyes feast on the natural caves, beautiful trees, and limestone bluffs.

Go fishing on the White River

Cast your nets at one of the most popular fishing spots in the Natural State.  You’ll find some noteworthy catfish on the White River just below the Bull Shoals Dam. On the upper section of this famous river, you’ll find sunfish and bass in addition to catfish. If it’s trout that you’re fishin’ for, you'll be happy to hear that the White River boasts some of the best trout fishing in the world.

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Go canoeing on the Buffalo National River

The 151-mile Buffalo is our nation’s first national river and is largely fed by rain. You’ll experience some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Arkansas while paddling the Buffalo National River. For great prices and friendly service, check out Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging. After your trip, stop into Ozark Café for a meal—a true local favorite. 

Go camping at Devil’s Den State Park

A beautiful spot in the fall, Devil’s Den State Park is known, in part, for its unique characteristics like caverns and rock formations. This state park features a variety of camping options, like camper cabins and cabins with kitchens and fireplaces. You’ll also find over 130 campsites ranging from Class AAA to Class D.

Go off-roading at Mulberry Mountain

You’ll find this 650-acre lodging and event resort in the Arkansas Ozark National Forest. Off-roading is just one of the many recreational activities featured around the beautiful Mulberry Mountain. Navigate through one of their many long trails and get lost in the beauty of the red, orange, and yellow trees. 

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Hike the Ozarks with the Ozark Mountain Trailblazers

The Ozark Mountain Trailblazers Club is a group of outdoor enthusiasts with a mission of making the Ozark Mountains a bigger part of everyone’s lives by bringing people together. By joining together with like-minded hikers and trekkers, you’ll not only enjoy the company of others but you’ll experience the Ozarks through the eyes of education and advocacy. Be sure to come to the Annual Outdoor Rendezvous at the beginning of November. Check out their site page for more information! 

Go horseback riding at Barnyard Friends & Stables

Barnyard Friends & Stables has been serving the Petit Jean Mountain area since 2006. This fun, educational horseback riding venue offers a true family experience, complete with a petting zoo that offers hand-on activity. Saddle up and enjoy 30 or 50-minute trail rides. What a way to soak up the crisp fall air and beautifully rich colors of Arkansas foliage.

Go boating on DeGray Lake

The only resort lake state park in Arkansas, DeGray Lake offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy in the fall months. One of the best outdoor fall activities is boating. You’ll find first-class lodging and amenities in which to relax after your boating adventure. From tandem kayaks to a 25-foot barge with a party deck, be sure to check their site for all of the different options available to rent! 

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