Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Fall Fun in the Ozarks

There are so many activities to enjoy year round when you travel the Ozarks. But fall is a favorite time for everyone. It brings Halloween, haunted houses, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. There are also train rides, leisurely drives to enjoy the fall foliage and craft fairs and festivals. Here are some links to help you get started.

Visit a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin. Some places have hayrides and games as well as pumpkins.

Pick pumpkins in an Arkansas patch, take a hayride
Pumpkin patches in Missouri
Visit a Corn Maze

Ready to be scared? Arkansas and Missouri have more than their share of haunted houses and caves.

Visit the Haunted Spanish Treasure Cave
Have Halloween fun at a Missouri Haunted House!
Haunted Houses in Arkansas

If you're more the fun and games type try out one of the many harvest festivals in the Ozarks.

Find a fun Fall Festival in Arkansas
Missouri festivals and events
Fall Family Festival at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale, Arkansas

Join The Big Sit! bird-a-thon. The object is to tally as many species of birds as you can see or hear in a 24 hour period.

Feeling crafty? People come from all over the country to attend Ozarks craft shows.

War Eagle Mill Craft Fair
Applegate Craft Fair
Spanker Creek Farm Crafts

Cruise the scenic byways and catch the fall foliage show.

Fall foliage report
Scenic Highways in Arkansas (Most roads in Arkansas are scenic already. Try I-540 between Fayetteville and Fort Smith. It's breathtaking.
Missouri Scenic Byways
Take a train ride on the Arkansas Missouri RR

Drop in at a Farmers Market

Farmers Markets in Missouri
Arkansas Farmer's Markets

Want to kick back and relax? Go to the Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival. Pull up a lawn chair and a bag of kettle corn and relax.

Whatever you decide to do remember the weather in the Ozarks is unpredictable. It may be 85 degrees one day and 53 degrees the next so pack a jacket and come prepared to have a blast.

Have a great trip!

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