It’s the peak of the fall season for the Memphis, Tennessee area. The trees are showing their fall colors, and they are quite brilliant this year. It’s understood that the early fall weather conditions affects the brilliance of the fall colors, and those conditions evidently were well in place this year.
Fall is a great time to enjoy the fall colors and explore areas in close proximity to Memphis. There are several locations to travel that are less than a half days drive from Memphis that offer great fall views and ample opportunities for outdoor activities for the entire family.
Just east of Memphis in Arkansas you will find Greers Ferry Lake, in the boot hills of the Ozarks. Greers Ferry is located in Heber Springs, Arkansas, a three hours drive west of Memphis. Heber Springs is noted for friendly locals, quaint cafes and antique shops. And a great place to set up base while in Heber Springs is on Eden Isle, a relatively small island on the west side of Heber Springs. The island is covered with weekend homes and condos, and surrounded by Greers Ferry Lake.
Eden Island has a host of rentals available year round. There are small and large condos, and the favorite of many is a stay at the Red Apple Inn on Eden Isle. The Red Apple Inn actually is a luxury hotel with reasonable rates, and offers a fantastic four star restaurant serving three meals a day. A country breakfast on a white table cloth at the Red Apple Inn is worth the trip in itself. Tables are located adjacent to large picture view windows that give one a panoramic view of Greers Ferry Lake. ( http://redappleinn.com/ )
While on Eden Island one came play golf at the Inn’s well kept golf course, just two hundred yards from the Inn parking lot. And if you like to fish, you can rent a small metal river boat and a guide to fish for Rainbow and Brown trout in the Little Red River that runs through Greers Ferry Lake and the town of Heber Springs.
And you don’t have to be an expert fly fisherman to catch the daily limit of trout. Many people just use light tackle, baited with wax worms and a marsh mellow, and just fish off the bottom, leaning your rod against the side of the boat and waiting for a strike, while anchored on the river bottom. It’s a lazy, relaxing way to catch a lot of trout. There are several trout resorts only fifteen minutes from Eden Isle, and you can hire a guide or just rent a boat and equipment at the various docks, and anyone in the dock office will give you quick instructions on how to rig your line and where to find the best fishing holes. (And it’s actually during the cooler spring and fall days that the trout are biting their best)
A couple of long established trout docks along the river are the Rainbow Trout Resort and the Red River Trout Resort. They both also offer well kept cabins for rent, that are stationed right above the river. And you can catch your daily limit of trout and cook it right there at your cabin during your weekend stay.
And honestly, with just a little research, one will find several state parks in close proximity to Memphis where you can rent a cabin above a beautiful lake, offering a golf course just down the road. Look into Chickasaw State Park, less than two hours east of Memphis, and Holly Springs State Park is just across the Memphis,Tennessee line in North Mississippi. Both offer great hiking trails, golf just down the road and ample fall colors. And also, Hot Springs National Park just west of Little Rock, Arkansas is also a nice short getaway to enjoy the fall colors, with nice resorts and their historic natural thermal baths, and less than three hours from Memphis.
Anyway, if you want to enjoy the fall in and around Memphis, there are many short excursions available for a weekend getaway where you can enjoy the outdoors and the wonderful fall weather. Just pack up the SUV , the cooler, the dog and the kids and you are not far away to some great spots to enjoy the fall in and around Memphis.