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Old 02-28-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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Good Evening!

I am trying to plan a trip for my wife and I to the Eureka Springs/Ozark area for the fall, to see the amazing fall colors I’ve heard about. We will be going late October/Early November as I’ve been recommended to do so.

Eureka Springs seems pretty cool, and we will be renting a nice cabin for a few days. That being said, others have said Branson has more of the “mountainous” terrain with fall colors so I’m not sure which is the better choice. Does Eureka Spring (or nearby Ozarks) have any terrain features? Also, how is the lake in the Fall, is it compatible to do some kayaking?

I’m basically wanting some recommendations on some places to hike/go while in the area to take advantage of our time here. Is Branson better? I know Branson & Eureka Springs aren’t far from eachother (hourish) but would like to stay closer to one area than the other. It looks like ES is closer to the Ozarks overall as well. Any and all help appreciated!

Thanks in advance
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Old 02-28-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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Eureka Springs is much more mountainous than Branson. Branson is more small rolling hills, not really mountains. As for fall colors, you'll have much better sight seeing in Eureka Springs, but the rivers are not good for floating in the fall since there isn't enough water. Branson is still close enough to take a day to spend there, which I do recommend especially if you want to see the lakes or some of the entertainment.
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Old 02-28-2018, 05:36 PM
 
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Eureka Springs is much more mountainous than Branson. Branson is more small rolling hills, not really mountains. As for fall colors, you'll have much better sight seeing in Eureka Springs, but the rivers are not good for floating in the fall since there isn't enough water. Branson is still close enough to take a day to spend there, which I do recommend especially if you want to see the lakes or some of the entertainment.
Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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When most people around here think kayaking, they think the rivers. Lake Leatherwood would be a fun kayaking destination, and certain areas of Beaver Lake as well. Check with the local outfitters on the Buffalo River as fall river levels are highly dependent on rainfall. The river can be a real treat in the fall if you find a weekend with enough water.
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Old 03-03-2018, 06:25 PM
 
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We are going to Petit Jean for the same reason in October. Renting a cabin, plan to hike the park. The Lodge restaurant is 1st class. The Lodge rooms are a tad small. We were in ES for Black Friday last year. Boy was it hoppin.
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