Took this photo deep in the Ozark National Forest of Northwest Arkansas where in many areas the trees are already ablaze with color.
Here is an update from Arkansas Tourism:
Northwest/North Central– In the northwest, the maples are at peak at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park and in the downtown areas of Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Bentonville. Moderate color is being reported on I-540 from Fayetteville to Mountainburg. Eureka Springs has good fall color right now and it’s getting better with each passing day. U.S. 62 from Rogers through Eureka Springs and Harrison to Mountain Home is recommended. Early-changing hardwoods are colorful now, while the oaks will require a little more time. The trees around Harrison have excellent color this week. The maples at Maplewood Cemetery and the Harrison Downtown Square are nearing peak, hickories are turning yellow and oaks are changing as well. The dogwoods and sumac along the highway are very pretty. Scenic Byway 7 has color south of Harrison to near Pelsor. The Buffalo River area is another good choice in this vicinity. In Boxley Valley, Ark. 16, 21, 43, and 74 are recommended. The Mountain View area also has color now 50%, with Scenic Highway 14 to Ark. 341 from Mountain View to Norfork recommended.