On Saturday evening, we drove to Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton, but didn't see much changes in the trees. The next day, we ventured down to take the Talimena drive. We stayed overnight in Poteau, and arrive at Winding Stair, north of Talihina where the byway begins around 9 AM.
Within a mile we were quickly greeted with dense fog as we drove up the Ouachita Mountains. We decided to turn around and go to Talihina to spend some time and to get some info from the Talihina Scenic Drive Visitors Center. To our surprise the center was closed, perhaps since it was a Sunday.
After spending a little time in Talihina, we took the drive from there to Mena, AR. All along the 54 mile journey, we encountered dense fog with poor visibility. For the most part, we were unable to view the vistas around the mountains. We did stop at a few lookouts and camping areas to walk and capture nearby tress that displayed the colors.