For motorcycle enthusiasts, nothing is more thrilling than a ride across the Ozarks – especially one that takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in Arkansas.
The thrill of the road awaits you in the Natural State.
Pig Trail Scenic BywayThe 19-mile-long Pig Trail Scenic Byway runs along Arkansas 23 through the Boston Mountains from the southern boundary of the Ozark National Forest, 10 miles north of the town of Ozark, to Arkansas 16 in Brashears. Overhanging branches form tunnels along parts of the byway; when the trees thin out, cyclists have views of the mountains, waterfalls and the Mulberry River, a popular destination for kayakers. The road offers riders hairpin turns, switchbacks, curves and steep drop-offs.
Motorcycle touring expert Cary McKechnie rated the route from Hot Springs to Harrison along Scenic 7 one of the country’s “Great American Motorcycle Tours.” The route begins in the Ouachita Mountains, passes Lake Nimrod and enters the Arkansas River valley. Stop at Booger Hollow for a look at a two-story outhouse.
Leaving the valley, the road climbs into the Ozark Mountains, where a parking area at the Cliff House Inn (cliffhouseinnar.com) provides views of the “Grand Canyon of Arkansas.” The route is about 175 miles long, offering blind curves and steep descents.
Crowley’s Ridge and the Great River Road
The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Arkansas’ 362-mile-long section of the road travels through small towns in the alluvial plain known as the Delta. The northern section of the Great River Road in Arkansas runs 198 miles along Crowley’s Ridge from the Missouri border to Helena. Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway passes through farmland, orchards and St. Francis National Forest. The Delta Cultural Center in Helena celebrates the region’s blues music history.
U.S. 71 and U.S. 62
U.S. 71, once the only highway between Louisiana and Missouri in the western part of Arkansas, connects Texarkana in the south with Bentonville in the north. Traffic on the route north of Fort Smith is light since the building of Interstate 540. The curvy road hugs ridge tops and makes steep descents, passing through small towns and beside farmland. In Rogers, U.S. 62 heads east to Eureka Springs, winding through deep forest and up and down mountains. The Fort Smith to Rogers section of the ride is about 80 miles long. From Rogers to Eureka Springs is another 35 miles.
Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway
The stretch of Highway 21 between Highway 64 in Clarksville and the Buffalo National River in Newton County winds through the Boston Mountains range of the Ozarks. About 35 miles long, the highway offers panoramic valley views, glimpses of abandoned homesteads and the occasional bear or eagle sighting. At the end of the trip, a herd of elk occupies Boxley Valley. Detour east on route 16 to view the 135-foot-long Alum Cove Natural Bridge and the nearby caves used by Native Americans for shelter on hunting expeditions.
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The ride starts in Clarksville AR and heads north up through Jasper (where we eat at the Ozarks Cafe) and west to Lost Valley Park. We didn
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