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It’s Fall: Take a walk, Ark-La-Tex!

The leaves are changing colors, coffee has pumpkin spice in it and finally, the temperature isn’t three digits anymore. With the return of Fall, it may actually be safe to go outside again and soak up the season without sweating through your shirt. With that in mind, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! Here are some beautiful places to take a walk across the Ark-La-Tex.

Arkansas Bug

South Arkansas Arboretum – 1506 Mt Holly Rd, El Dorado, AR – Google Map
Credit: Arkansas State Parks

Take a walk  across 12 acres in the Natural State at the South Arkansas Arboretum near El Dorado. There are native and exotic plants to enjoy including a wide range of Camellias and Azales. There are comfortably paved and marked walking trails to make the hike a breeze, as you take in nature.

Louisiana Bug

Gardens of the American Rose Center – 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd, Greenwood, LA – Google Map
Take a walk!
Credit: Storyblocks

Just outside of Shreveport, enjoy a walk among the roses at the “Gardens of the American Rose Center,” the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. The huge, 118-acre wooded tract is beautiful anytime of year, especially Spring and early Fall as different plants are in bloom. Be aware, these gardens close to the public after 10/31 each year, but reopen during the Holidays for the spectacular “Christmas in Roseland” holiday light show. For more info on the gardens, check out this story.

R. W. Norton Botanical Gardens – 4747 Creswell Ave, Shreveport, LA – Google Map
Credit: R. W. Norton Art Gallery

Arguably our favorite corner of Shreveport/Bossier, the botanical gardens behind the R.W. Norton Art Gallery are a natural wonder. Walk the perfectly landscaped 40 acre park and enjoy the beautiful plants, water features and sculptures throughout. We’ve spent a lot of afternoons watching the ducks swim across the reflective pond, listening to the quiet wind chimes suspended from the tall trees. It really is an amazing place to be. Want to learn more about the R.W. Norton Art Gallery? Check out this story.

Explore National Parks and Sites

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden– 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX – Google Map
Take a walk!
Credit: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A bit of a drive from the Ark-La-Tex, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 100% worth the trip. Throughout the year, this botanical garden is considered a world-class destination, and was voted one of the South’s best botanical gardens by Southern Living Magazine.¬† Autumn at the Arboretum is a sight to behold, with more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash creating incredible topiaries that you won’t forget.

The East Texas Arboretum – 1601 Patterson Rd, Athens, TX – Google Map
Credit: The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society

With two miles of trails throughout the park, the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical garden boasts a great place to take a walk in the Ark-La-Tex. In addition to the beautiful plant life throughout the park, it’s not uncommon to find wildlife, including deer while out on your stroll. On the property, you’ll also find the historic “Wofford House Museum,” an old home that showcases Henderson County life, back in 1850.

The Longview Arboretum – 706 W. Cotton St, Longview, TX – Google Map
Take a walk!
Credit: The Longview Arboretum

The newest Arboretum in the Ark-La-Tex, the Longview Arboretum opened in 2019, and visitors have been happy ever since. It shows off the unique eco-system of East Texas, complete with all of the plants, birds, butterflies and wildlife that you would expect to find in this corner of the Lone-Star state. Located in the heart of Longview, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to check out this beautiful walking destination.

There are so many beautiful places to take a walk across the Ark-La-Tex. Where did we miss? Let us know and we may add it to our list!

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