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When it comes to the country’s best rides, Arkansas is officially on the map. From the twisty Ozarks to the wide-open Delta to the rolling Ouachita foothills, our scenic routes were made for motorcycling. The abundance of spectacular roads is no longer a secret – in fact our highways and byways continue to be ranked nationally, with our rallies being some of the biggest and most attended each year. On every rider’s bucket list should be the Pig Trail Scenic Byway/AR 23, named one of “USA Today” Readers’ Choice 10 Best Motorcycle Trips. Also known as the “Arkansas Dragon,” it’s one of 28 road routes within these pages, along with 6

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dual-sport routes. At the center of it all is Little Rock, Arkansas’s capital city, anchored by the Clinton Presidential Center in the River Market District with shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as upscale lodging at world-class hotels. The motorcycling here is exceptional, and there are biker-friendly cities and towns with great food, art, culture and history around every bend. In this guide, we share our top picks for rallies and events and list unique attractions and interesting stopovers for time spent out of the saddle. Check out the many things to see and do along each route, and enjoy good times and great hospitality across the state.


TABLE OF CONTENTS National Motorcycle Rental Locations ........................................................................................... 6-7 Arkansas Motorcycle Rental, Repair and Service Locations ................................................8-9 Arkansas Motorcycle Rallies and Rides .................................................................................... 10-11 Arkansas Civil War Military Parks, Museums and Battlefield Sites ..............................14-15 Road Routes Reference Map.......................................................................................................... 18-19 Road Routes ...................................................................................................................................... 20-113 Dual-Sport Routes Reference Map ...........................................................................................114-115 Dual-Sport Routes ..........................................................................................................................116-127 Coupons............................................................................................................................................129-130 Index of Advertisers ............................................................................................................................ 131

Rules of the road and riding tips In Arkansas, no helmet is required unless the rider is under 21 years old. Protective glasses, goggles or face shield is required. Prior to any long trip, make sure your bike is good to go. Lube and tighten the chain, change the oil and filter, check fork seals and tire pressure. Anticipate problems that could occur. Bring extra water, snacks, clothing, a map, a set of tools, a first-aid kit, GPS and charger. Slow down in the rain or if visibility is poor.

The best way to assume control on the road is to create space. Gaps are essential for quick reaction and narrow escapes, but they are also key to observing the whole road in front of you. Take a short break at least every two or three hours. Fatigue can contribute to motorcycle accidents. After riding eight hours, consider calling it a day and checking into a hotel or campsite. When riding on a hot summer day, stay hydrated. Take plenty of water breaks.

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“We flew to New Orleans and rented an Indian Roadmaster. On our ride we discovered places that we never knew existed – like Eureka Springs, an amazing Victorian village seemingly frozen in time. I still remember the smell of honeysuckle and wildflowers. I can’t wait to get back to Arkansas, The Natural State!” ~ Olga Mazzoni from Milano, Italy

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The United States of America is one of the world’s top vacation destinations, featuring an endless variety of scenic and exciting tourist attractions that no other country has to offer. Whether you’re headed to America to explore the rugged natural beauty of Arkansas’s Ozarks, soak in the yearround California sunshine, or tour the historic mid-west along Route 66, the best way to see the US is from the back of a Harley-Davidson,

Indian, Honda or BMW motorcycle. Experience the exhilaration of touring America’s wide-ranging network of open highways from the gorgeous high desert of New Mexico to the lush wetlands of Louisiana’s bayous to the broad streets and bright lights of New York City. You can fully appreciate the beauty of the United States riding a motorcycle rented from EagleRider. Call 1-888-900-9901 or visit eaglerider.com for more information.

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HERITAGE INDIAN MOTORCYCLE OF NORTHWEST AR ANSAS

OLD FORT HARLEY-DAVIDSON 6304 S. 36th St., Fort Smith (479) 648-9004 OldFortHarleyDavidson.com

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STREET EAGLE MOTORCYCLE RENTALS 1601 E. 26th St., Little Rock (501) 664-7465 • StreetEagle.com

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800 Truman Baker Dr., Searcy (501) 305-2900 • SunriseHonda.com 14

302 Village Cr., Eureka Springs (479) 363-6224 • PigTrailHD.com 7

HERITAGE INDIAN MOTORCYCLE OF NORTHWEST AR ANSAS 1711 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers (479) 633-8443 • HeritageIndianNWA.com

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LANDERS TOAD SUC HARLEY-DAVIDSON 1179 Collier Dr., Conway (501) 327-0817 • LandersHarley.com

DOUG REYNOLDS SUZU I OF LITTLE ROC 9800 Interstate 30, Little Rock 1-800-479-1370 DougReynoldsSuzuki.com

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AWASA I SPORTS CENTER 5922 S. University Ave., Little Rock (501) 562-9448 KawasakiSportsCenter.com

110 W. Main St., Clarksville (479) 754-8279 ArkansasCycleWorks.com 12

LANDERS HARLEY-DAVIDSON 10210 Interstate 30, Little Rock (501) 568-3160 • LandersHarley.com

6304 S. 36th St., Fort Smith (479) 648-9004 OldFortHarleyDavidson.com 11

RICHARDS HONDA YAMAHA 6600 S. University Ave., Little Rock (501) 562-0910 RichardsHondaYamaha.com

1429 US 65, Harrison (870) 741-3131 • YamahaOfHarrison.com 1O

HONDA YAMAHA OF NORTH LITTLE ROC 4524 MacArthur Dr., North Little Rock (501) 758-1339 • HondaNLR.com

BMW OF NORTHWEST AR ANSAS YAMAHA OF HARRISON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF JONESBORO 4500 Oliver St., Jonesboro (870) 932-0780 • HDjonesboro.com

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MOUNTAINS, MUSIC & MOTORCYCLES, MOUNTAIN VIEW

MOUNTAINS, MUSIC & MOTORCYCLES August 18-20, 2017, Mountain View This festival began 12 years ago in Mountain View. In its first year, with no budget and relying mostly on volunteers, the event drew 350 motorcyclists, and it’s been growing ever since. Last year, Mountains, Music & Motorcycles, held annually the third weekend in August, attracted more than 15,000 bikes. Parking around Mountain View’s historic town square is restricted to motorcycles only on the Saturday during this free event, which includes a poker run, bike show, car show, biker games, concerts and vendors. A biker church service is held on Sunday in the natural setting of the city park amphitheater.

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The festival is free because it’s still proudly operated and managed by volunteers. It’s also a major fundraiser for Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) children’s programs and raises money to support the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Mountains, Music & Motorcycles is a celebration of the unique culture of Mountain View and the surrounding area, and its reputation as a premier destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. “Roadrunner Magazine” said it best in an article about Ozark Mountain Rides (June, 2010): “This is some of the finest motorcycling in the US, period.” For a schedule of events, visit mountainsmusicmotorcycles.com.


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3RD ANNUAL STEEL HORSE RALLY Fort Smith: May 5-6 TheSteelHorseRally.com

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TWIN LA ES THUNDER RALLY Mountain Home: October 26-29 TwinLakesThunder.com

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12th annual

September 7-9, 2017

two poker runs bike show motorcycle parade and much more

The Hot Springs Rally is the largest motorcycle rally held annually in central Arkansas. It offers something for every motorcycle enthusiast. This 3-day rally includes a wide range of vendors inside the convention center, two poker runs with a $2,000 top prize, a bike show, field events and bike games, a parade through historic downtown Hot Springs, and plenty of nationally known entertainment. All this for one low all-access ticket price. The Hot Springs Rally is held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs, AR 71913 Rally phone: 501-282-7076 Email: info@thehotspringsrally.com Website: www.thehotspringsrally.com FaceBook Page: www.facebook.com/hotspringsrally


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Arkansas was the site of more than 770 military actions between 1861 and 1865. The war touched every town in every county in the state. Many of the sites associated with the Civil War in Arkansas are open to visitors as national, state or local parks and museums. For a complete list of Civil War sites, go to: arkansascivilwar150.com/civil-war-sites. 7 St. Francis

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FOUR COUNTIES ONE COLORFUL HISTORY

See the battle sites that made this land legendary, then rest, relax and refuel over good food – like steak, seafood and barbecue – at one of many local restaurants.

Jefferson County Camp White Sulpher Springs Confederate Cemetery The Battle of Pine Bluff

Grant County Battle of Jenkins Ferry

Cleveland County Marks’ Mills Battle Site The Mount Elba Battlefield

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Arkansas’s Grand Canyon ..............................................................................42-43

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16 Camden Campaign ..............................................................................................74-75 17 Mountain View’s Push Mountain Road through Mountain Home..... 76-77 18 Growl and Lasso Ride ........................................................................................78-79 19 Pinnacle Mountain/Greers Ferry Loop........................................................80-81 20 Petit Jean Mountain Climb............................................................................. 86-87

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Relax. Ride. Refuel. • Relax knowing your bike is safe and secure • Ride the challenging byways of Eureka Springs • Refuel with a delicious meal at Myrtie Mae’s Cafe

Inn of the Ozarks

207 W. Van Buren Eureka Springs, 72632 Reservations: 877.835.0509 www.InnoftheOzarks.com

Considered one of the top riding destinations in America, AR 23 runs from the ArkansasMissouri border to US 71, south of Booneville. While the southern portion is a very nice ride, it’s the highway north of I-40 that is simply exhilarating. This is the location of one of the most renowned routes in the country – the Pig Trail. While the entire length of AR 23 is often referred to as the Pig Trail, it’s actually the 24-mile stretch from I-40 to Brashears – at the

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Rolling hills and small farms are hallmarks of this idyllic ride on the outskirts of Fayetteville. Start on the south side of town on AR 265 at I-49. Continue south on AR 265 through the picturesque countryside as it gradually runs deeper into the Ozark forests.

US 71 takes you over the top of the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks. It’s a fantastic ride of winding pavement and broad sweepers. It’s two wide lanes – sometimes three – all with wide shoulders. There are some hairpin corners, plus the views are nothing short of spectacular.

The first community along this route is called Hogeye, an appropriate name for a place that’s smack dab in the middle of Hog Country with the University of Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks, just 10 miles away.

This stretch was the major north-south highway for years. Now, all but local traffic makes the north-south journey on I-49 to the west. With no semis and very few cars traveling it, the Boston Mountain Scenic Byway (US 71) is a great route. The trip down into and back out of Mountainburg is the highlight of the ride, with elevation changes of over 1,300 feet. US 71 will become US 64 to Van Buren and on into Fort Smith.

Still traveling south, AR 170 brings you to a special spot, Devil’s Den, an iconic Arkansas State Park known for its history and CCC rustic-style architecture, as well as its natural wonders, including caves and crevices. One such area of sandstone crevices is the largest of its kind in the US. Traveling from Devil’s Den on AR 74 to Winslow and US 71 is a wonderful, curvaceous 12-mile ride. The first two miles out of the park are a series of technically challenging switchbacks, and new riders should be cautious.

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AR 59 north – not US 59 over in Oklahoma – takes you back toward Fayetteville. It runs through mostly farmland, with a nice stretch of woods north of Natural Dam. The unique geological formation there is a worthwhile interruption. Take AR 45 to US 62 E. to Fayetteville and enjoy a nice evening out after a day of fine motorcycling.


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Located on the northern end of AR 23, Eureka Springs is one of the premier motorcycling destinations in mid-America. In fact, AR 23 was included on one of the world’s most spectacular trips in “National Geographic Drives of a Lifetime.” Start in Eureka Springs traveling south on AR 23. The route is made up of broad sweepers and gentle curves. It’s fun and not technically difficult. Riders will enjoy a beautiful run through mostly wooded terrain dotted with pastureland. The scenery is uncluttered, wide open and lightly populated. The AR 12 and AR 45 portion leading to Fayetteville is scenic plateau pastures and farmland, with frequent stands of thick woods. Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas and the Bikes Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally, has wonderful restaurants and watering holes, as do Springdale, Bentonville and other cities throughout the area.

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The scenery from Rogers to Gateway is nice, but the road is built for moving cars, not carving corners. That changes, though, just past Gateway where US 62 turns into a real dragon. Sport bike riders will enjoy this leg of the route. This is a major entry route into Eureka Springs, so you’ll find traffic sometimes a bit heavier than other roads, but it’s still a fantastic 18-mile stretch in both rideability and scenery. Be prepared for very tight curves, as well as several hairpins and switchbacks. Less-experienced riders need to be especially cautious since there are technically challenging stretches. Also, there may be traffic approaching in the opposite lane around that blind corner, so stay heads-up. Don’t get distracted by the gorgeous Ozarks vistas and panoramas, and you’ll safely finish up one of the best short rides in Arkansas.


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It runs toward Gaither Mountain, one of the prominent mountains in the Ozarks. This is an easy stretch with gently winding curves, and it displays rural Arkansas at its best. AR 43 south immediately begins an 800-foot climb up Gaither Mountain with a beautiful view overlooking the Harrison area far below. AR 43 takes to the highland ridges with pastures giving way to heavy woods before beginning its winding run down to the Buffalo National River at Ponca.

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This part of AR 7 runs through predominantly heavy woodland, up from the Little Buffalo River, over the ridges, back down across the Buffalo National River at Pruitt Landing, then back out of the valley again, all the while providing top-flight pavement. AR 206 winds through serene pastures and farmland, spotted with patches of woods.

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AR 374 immediately begins a winding descent run into a beautiful valley on a lightly traveled, very enjoyable road. The pavement of AR 123 out of Mount Judea (locally pronounced Mt. Judy) is seven miles of extremely challenging switchbacks and hairpins and a 1,000-foot climb onto a mountain ridge. The remainder of the route on AR 123 to AR 7 is nothing short of stunning in terms of scenery and rideability.

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AR 16 is an under-recognized motorcycle highway, offering a beautiful view as it winds along. It’s friendly to beginners but still fun for experienced bikers. AR 21 north from AR 16 is often considered one of the most scenic in the state. The road meanders near the pristine headwaters of the Buffalo National River through the gorgeous Boxley Valley. AR 43 begins at AR 21 and continues to

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This mid-length ride covers one of the finest loops in Arkansas and is best started in Jasper, heading south on AR 7. Vance Randolph once said about the Ozarks, “It’s not that the mountains are so high but that the valleys are so deep.” And that eloquently describes the huge valley southeast of Jasper running alongside AR 7, dubbed “Arkansas’s Grand Canyon.” A highlight worth mentioning on AR 7 is the Rotary Ann Roadside Park. It offers a beautiful 180-degree view of the Ozarks and was the first roadside rest area constructed in Arkansas, dating back to the 1930s. AR 21 is a less recognized highway than others in the Ozarks. While Scenic 7 and AR 23 may get the press, AR 21 is equal to both those highly regarded roads. At the junction of AR 16 and AR 21, there’s a tiny community known as Fallsville – not the

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AR 74 runs from the Buffalo National River at Ponca to Jasper. Like AR 21, AR 74 is very curvy and runs through heavy forests all the way to Jasper. Sport bike riders will love the knee-slider hairpins running the first two miles out of the Buffalo on AR 74. Scenery and excitement level for this loop, on a scale of 1-10, is a definite 10. 8

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This is a wonderful short loop named for Mount Magazine – the highest peak in Arkansas at 2,753 feet. The Arkansas River carved out the valley to the north of the mountain, and the Petit Jean River carved the one to the south. The result is that this prominence has become one of the premier destinations in Arkansas. The 10-mile ride up AR 309 to Mount Magazine from Havana not only has switchbacks and tight curves, there’s also a huge elevation change as riders cruise up and over this wonderful geological feature. AR 309 at Havana starts out at an elevation of about 380 feet. The first mile is fairly pedestrian, but it soon reveals its twisty nature. By the time the road crests at Mount Magazine,

it has risen out of the Petit Jean Valley over 2,200 feet above Havana. The ride up the mountainside is full of hairpins and tight curves often running through tunnels of heavy foliage. From the peak, AR 309 continues winding back down to about 490 feet at Paris. Together, the total elevation change is over 4,300 feet. The state park atop Mount Magazine features Fort an impressive lodge and cabins withSmith accommodations as magnificent as the scenic views.

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The other three legs of this loop are nice routes Greenwoo through the Arkansas River16Valley and the Petit Jean Valley. These roads are scenic and run 10 National Ozark Forest through a combination of farms and woodlands. While not as technicallyOark challenging, this stretch is pleasant and relaxing.

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An Ozark Tradition Located on the Scenic 7 Byway, Cliff House Inn is the place to pull over for comfortable accommodations, great food and incredible views of Arkansas’ Grand Canyon. • Five-unit inn overlooking Arkansas’ Grand Canyon • Three log cabins with modern amenities on Lookout Mountain • Wi-Fi and satellite TV at the inn • Satellite TV in the cabins • Country cooking • Famous for “Company’s Comin’ Pie,” Arkansas fried catfish, steaks and more Restaurant and Gift Shop Hours: Open March 17 through Peak Fall Colors in November Sunday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m.

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HARRISON TO EURE A SPRINgS BAC ROADS RUN

AR 221 CROSSING KINGS RIVER NEAR BERRYVILLE

This 167-mile loop of back roads to Eureka Springs is a marvelous winding ride through a variety of beautiful scenery. While there are interesting places to stop along the way, this route is all about the ride. The first leg is through the little Ozark town of Denver. The country roads here cut across photogenic farmland and through stands of lush timber, running across beautiful rural Arkansas landscapes. At a place called Farewell, you’ll arrive on AR 311 for a winding ride north to Blue Eye. In 2010, Blue Eye was edged out of its distinction as the smallest town in Arkansas by Gilbert on the Buffalo River by a score of 30 to 28 residents. Blue Eye is like Texarkana in that it is split right down the middle by the state line, in this case, Arkansas and Missouri. AR 21 south leads to Berryville, home of the Saunders Memorial Museum, containing a worldclass firearms and antiques collection. The 13-mile route from Berryville to Eureka Springs, a favorite with local riders and visitors alike, takes you down the back roads of AR 221, a

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sinuous stretch of pavement, and Carroll County 302, also known as Rock House Road, which runs beneath a thick canopy of trees. Eureka Springs is a classic Victorian town with numerous places to relax, refresh and dine. Its historic loop winds through town and leads to great shops, spas, restaurants and attractions. Over the years, AR 23 has been named a “Top 10 Road” in the US by several car and driving magazines. The portion running south out of Bella Vista Eureka Springs through Huntsville lives up to its well-earned reputation. Village 59 Four miles south of Huntsville, AR 23 intersects Bentonville the meandering AR 74 east, leading to Kingston, a small town that’s a popular gathering place for riders headed to Ponca and the Boxley Valley, 10 miles south on AR 21. Boxley is drop-dead gorgeous and the highlight of this ride. It is home to the Upper Buffalo National River, Lost Valley, Whitaker Point and an impressive elk herd that Siloamespecially in the fall. can be spotted year-round, Springs This area has some of the best riding in the Ozarks. At Boxley, AR 43 courses its way to north 59 back to Harrison concluding Ponca then meanders this wonderful back roads adventure.

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One of the top designs of the 20th century, this wood-and-glass chapel is an E. Fay Jones masterpiece that has been seen by more than six million visitors.

One of the best cave tours in the country, and one of Arkansas’s most beautiful natural attractions. Two “bottomless lakes” and a nine-foot “soda straw” formed from calciumrich dripping water are hallmarks of the cave.

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Celebrating its 50th year, this 70-foot-tall statue of Jesus is the only one of its kind in North America. It is located on the grounds of The Great Passion Play along with a section of the Berlin Wall with the 23rd Psalm painted on it.

Chainsaw carvings on display, as well as chainsaw art classes offered.

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Biker-friendly pub and inn.

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TWISTED LADY

AR 327 ALONG THE LITTLE BUFFALO RIVER

The Twisted Lady is a magnificent ride for exploring the fascinating folklore of North Arkansas on some of the best roads in the nation. When learning the history of an area, there are often two considerations – facts and folklore. It’s often as much fun to delve into the stuff of legends as it is true events. Let’s start with the name itself, The Twisted Lady, a nod to notorious Oklahoma Territory outlaw Belle Starr. You’ve heard of Jesse and Frank James. It’s likely the brothers frequented parts of Northwest Arkansas, and, in 1870, accompanied by a man named Cole Younger, they robbed a mail carrier, 12 miles north of Harrison. Belle Starr, Queen of the Outlaws, is said to have also frequented Northwest Arkansas and was acquainted with Cole Younger. Rumor has it, they were lovers, and that’s why she traveled to the area. Historical facts state that a man named Joe Vaughn is buried in the Snow Cemetery, a mile west of Wayton on Newton County 96. The legend is that

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Frank James lived a quiet life in Wayton under the alias Joe Vaughn, hiring a double to stand trial and go to jail for him. These are just some of the twists and turns in the plotline. As fascinating as the folklore, the roads are equally exciting. Begin the ride by leaving Harrison on AR 43, which climbs over Gaither Mountain and slowly winds down into Ponca, a popular floating, hiking and elk-watching location on the upper Buffalo National River. The roads cut through the heart of the Ozark National Forest for some of the finest motorcycling in the country. True adventure awaits on AR 43 into AR 21, which continues south through the gorgeous Boxley Valley. It eventually climbs up to the highlands of AR 16. Turn onto Newton County 28, a mile east of Deer. NC 28 turns into AR 327 at Wayton, runs through Parthenon to Jasper at AR 74 and Scenic 7 Byway. From Jasper, the highly regarded AR 7 winds north back to Harrison. The Twisted Lady is as good as it gets – so good it should be outlawed like Jesse James and his boys. We’re glad it’s not. She’s ready and waiting to be claimed.


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SCENIC 7 NEAR HOT SPRINGS

Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway is a nationally recognized riding treasure that traverses almost the entire state from north to south. It crosses the Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges along with the Arkansas River Valley before running through the dense pine woodlands of southern Arkansas. Together, the Ozarks and the Ouachitas make up the Interior Highlands, the only mountains between the Smokies and the Rockies, and are separated by the beautiful Arkansas River Valley. The more ancient Ozarks are a high and deeply dissected plateau, while the younger Ouachitas are a true uplifted range. AR 7 begins in the Ozarks near the shores of Bull Shoals Lake. About 10 miles south of Harrison, it becomes a tightly wound and challenging road, but still manageable by beginners. It remains that way until climbing out of the Little Buffalo River Valley at Jasper. Once on top of the ridgeline, the curves broaden a bit, and the scenery is top-tier.

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When AR 7 reaches Pelsor, it begins its descent into the Arkansas River Valley at Russellville. This valley features rich farmland with patches of woodlands. It isn’t very wide, for soon you will climb into the foothills of the Ouachitas. The folds of the Ouachitas run east-west, which is uncommon for mountain ranges in the U.S. Scenic AR 7 then goes through the first-ever national reservation, Hot Springs. This resort town is known for its thermal waters from which it gets its name, and with five lakes in the region, it’s also a popular destination for fishing, boating and water sports. Resorts and marinas are located on the lakes for lodging, boat rentals, bait, tackle, snacks and more. The roads through the Ouachitas carve their way along rounded mountain peaks until they eventually smooth out past Arkadelphia into a rolling landscape of piney hills that stretch south all the way to the Louisiana border.


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DIAMOND RUN/SIDE TRIP TO HISTORIC WASHINGTON

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HOT SPRINGS

This exciting route through the Ouachita Mountains offers a wild ride through history as it introduces you to famous (and infamous) folks with Arkansas connections, such as Al Capone; Babe Ruth; old-time radio/television celebs Lum and Abner; and James Black, the original knife maker for Alamo hero Jim Bowie’s famous blade.

or boating while you’re in the area. US 270 and AR 88 snake their way to Mena through the Ouachitas. The first half of the route is through the Ouachita National Forest. The road is mostly broad sweepers surrounded by lush timber. At Pencil Bluff, the landscape becomes pastures and farmland as it approaches Mena.

The best place to begin this winding ride through southwest Arkansas is Hot Springs. The Spa City, as it’s called, is famous for its natural thermal waters. In 1886, Cap Anson first brought his Chicago White Stockings (now Cubs) to Hot Springs for spring training. Dozens of baseball legends, including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson, played here. Walk in their footsteps on the Hot Springs Baseball Trail. Nestled in the Ouachitas, the resort town also made a great hideaway for some of the nation’s most notorious mobsters. Al Capone was a frequent guest of the Arlington Hotel, as well as area bathhouses and nightclubs. The Gangster Museum of America preserves the history of this era.

The historical stop on this stretch is at Pine Ridge, the hometown of the fictional characters of Lum and Abner. Any fan of old-time radio and television programs should drop by the Lum and Abner Jot ’Em Down Store and Museum, a real-life model for their make-believe world.

From Hot Springs, this route takes you along Lake Hamilton and Lake Ouachita, where there are many resorts for overnight stays and marinas for fishing

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The Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge is atop Rich Mountain and offers spectacular views and an opportunity for a break. From Mena to Dierks, travel US 71 then US 278 east over the Cossatot River and drive through Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area. Just south of Dierks, you leave the mountains and arrive in Nashville. The only diamond site in the world open to the public is Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro along AR 27. At Kirby, consider a side trip on AR 70 along scenic Lake Greeson.


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TALIMENA NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

AR 88, TALIMENA NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

The Ouachita Mountains are true mountains in that they are uplifted folds between continental plates. Interestingly, the Ouachitas run east-west instead of north-south, which is uncommon for mountain ranges in the US. The majority of the mountain range is in Arkansas, but a portion also runs into Oklahoma. This is one of the best rides in Arkansas and includes the Talimena National Scenic Byway. This gorgeous stretch of pavement is beautiful any time of year, but has garnered its reputation based on flaming autumn foliage. Riders may enter anywhere along the loop they find convenient, but it’s best started at Mena, taking AR 88 northwest out of town. The road quickly snakes its way up to the mountain ridges out of the valley where Mena sits at 1,110 feet. The highway tops out on Rich Mountain at 2,681 feet. The elevation change is on winding pavement of challenging, tight curves.

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Atop Rich Mountain, AR 88 passes Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which offers spectacular views from its mountaintop setting. The lodge has undergone major renovations to its 40 guest rooms, restaurant, lobby and meeting rooms. Park facilities include campsites and hiking trails. At the Oklahoma line, AR 88 becomes OK 1, but the name change doesn’t affect the incredible ride through the beautiful Winding Stair range of the Ouachitas. OK 1 winds down 1,700 feet before it intersects US 59 on the way to Heavener, Oklahoma. Once back in Arkansas at Waldron, US 71 begins to climb back to the higher elevations of Mena. The highway runs from predominantly farmland to thick forest and then back to a more urban environment around Mena. The Talimena National Scenic Byway will not fail to please any rider, any time of the year. Consider taking a side trip east on AR 88 to visit the Lum and Abner Museum in Pine Ridge.


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Exhibits of regional Native American and pioneer artifacts and local history.

MENA DEPOT, MENA Restored train depot with visitor center, art gallery and local history museum.

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ESSO GAS STATION, MENAFort A restored 1928 Esso Smith gas station; muscle 49 cars, antique and classic cars, street rods, motorcycles; open during special events or by appointment.

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RIDE THE NOTCH – SOUTHWEST AR ANSAS TOUR

AR 239 ALONG MILLWOOD LAKE BETWEEN ASHDOWN AND SARATOGA

Texarkana is a wonderful base for a ride around the Timberland and Red River area of Southwest Arkansas. Its many restaurants, shops and accommodations offer everything riders are looking for after a day on the road. And as a destination, Texarkana has much to offer. There’s the Four States Auto Museum, the fabulous Perot Theatre, Lindsay Railroad Museum, a Haunted Texarkana Ghost Walk and many other attractions. This ride begins in a city with a split personality. The State Line Post Office and Federal Building is divided down the middle by the state line of Arkansas and its western neighbor, Texas. It’s the only post office that sits in two states and is the second most photographed courthouse in the US. On US 71/State Line Road, the northbound traffic is in Arkansas and the southbound traffic is in Texas. The early surveyors of the town thought they were placing the city at the junction of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. But they made a 20-mile mistake. The next portion of the ride loops south of Texarkana involving mostly Arkansas state highways, showcasing the true flavor of life in

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the Timberlands of Southwest Arkansas. Here you’ll find both winding and straight-as-an-arrow pavement. The first stretch on AR 237 and AR 160 takes you through thick bottomland, alternating between forests and farmland of the Sulphur River bottoms. Back on US 71, make your way to Fouke and have your picture made with the Fouke Monster from the ’70s B-movie “The Legend of Boggy Creek,” appearing daily at the Fouke Monster Mart. On US 82 lies the Old Rondo Cemetery, a Civil War cemetery best known for the burial site at its center where the remains of 85 Confederate solders are interred. After looping back to Texarkana, ride north on US 67 to Fulton. AR 355 north to Saratoga is very scenic with sweeping curves running across the countryside. Ride around Millwood Lake, through Ashdown to Foreman. Take 108 east back to Ashdown. Old-time radio fans will want to jog north a mile to Alleene to see the cabin where Chester “Lum” Lauck (of the old Lum and Abner radio show) was born. At Ashdown, it’s only 16 miles back to Texarkana and a relaxing evening at the region’s best restaurants.


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SOUTHWEST TRAIL/CLINTON BIRTHPLACE

AR 53 ALONG LAKE ERLING NEAR WALKER CREEK

Texarkana is a great place to start this loop driving south. The ride is across flat terrain and runs through a patchwork of trees in different stages of growth. In the first part of the 20th century, residents of the region cut the forests and tried to farm row crops like those in the Delta. But eventually, farmers realized that their future was in managing the timber of the area, its main agricultural business today. US 71 bisects the small town of Fouke, namesake for a bigfoot called “the Fouke Monster,” a legend that brings a modest amount of renown to the small Arkansas town. After crossing the Red River on AR 160 near I-49, the wooded landscape changes, giving way briefly to the fertile river-bottom farmland. Since the 1,300-mile-long river cuts a wide swath, there is a thriving row-crop-farming economy in the area.

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The ride continues back to Magnolia, where a quaint courthouse square offers dining and numerous shops. The Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off draws thousands of visitors here each May. While Hot Springs receives fame for being Bill Clinton’s “boyhood home,” Hope is the actual birthplace of our nation’s 42nd president and the site of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. Travel US 67 from Hope back to Texarkana on what has been designated the “Rock ’N’ Roll Highway.” The southwestern part of the highway honors the early performers who played at the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium in Texarkana. Stars like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison performed there in the 1950s and ’60s.


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This loop might also accurately be called “The Heart of Arkansas’s Timberlands.” This ride is unique in that the entire ride is essentially through one big farm … a tree farm, that is. The majority of this route winds through cultivated forests. At times, you will encounter sections that have just been clear-cut, appearing stark and ragged. But generally, the road weaves through the thick woods of the larger Coastal Plains area. Beginning in Camden, US 278 winds east to Warren. The road is not difficult, and less experienced riders will enjoy the gently curving pavement. Out of Warren, AR 8 heads west through Fordyce, hometown of famed football coach “Bear” Bryant. But there are two good reasons to take the alternate route of AR 189.

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One is to make a pilgrimage to the tiny town of Kingsland to pay homage to the birthplace of Johnny Cash. The other reason to take AR 189 to Kingsland is that the rideability of this highway is several notches up from the rest. The terrain and flora remain the same, but the highway becomes much more twisty. This short stretch of AR 189 is definitely the most winding of the loop and provides a nice change. It’s not the switchbacks and hairpins of up north, but it is wonderful pavement to cruise. The AR 8/9 section is less crooked than AR 189, but still winding enough to keep your attention, as is AR 222 east over to US 67. AR 24 from Prescott back into Camden is another stretch of gently winding road. It’s an enjoyable conclusion to a tour of the woods.


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AR 341

There are three loop options on this leisurely day trip through North Central Arkansas.

National River adds to its appeal. So, be sure to take the short side trip on AR 268 to Buffalo Point Park.

AR 14 out of Mountain View might be considered the best stretch of this mountainous loop, except that it soon intersects AR 341 – Push Mountain. Push Mountain is composed of tight curves and knee-checking stretches of pavement, as well as gorgeous scenery. AR 341 attracts sport bike riders from all over the nation.

AR 14 later crosses the scenic Buffalo National River. The eight-mile section of AR 14 between Harriet and the AR 263 junction is a picturesque winding road.

Most road-savvy visitors to the area will eventually find their way to AR 341. Its turn-carving course winds up over the mountain and down into the White River valley near Norfork on AR 5. The route west on AR 5 is nice but grows more urban as it nears Mountain Home, the hub of a thriving resort and retirement area. The traffic in Mountain Home is light and easily managed. After crossing Bull Shoals Dam on AR 178, the ride becomes a pleasant cruise through rural landscapes all the way to Yellville. Easy, broad sweepers make it a fun but not overly stressful run. The run down AR 14 south of Yellville is excellent. The curves are tight enough to be fun but not overwhelming. The scenery is exceptionally lush, and the highway’s intersection with the Buffalo

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AR 263 and AR 66 both have gentle curves through farmland and woods. AR 66 runs through Timbo, birthplace of folk music legend Jimmy Driftwood. This route will definitely scratch the itch motorcyclists have for either sport riding or scenic cruising. Another option is from Mountain View north on AR 5 along the Sycamore Scenic Byway across the White River Bridge to Calico Rock. Places of interest include the Calico Rock Museum, a local art gallery and café. Continue on AR 5 to Norfork to view the Jacob Wolf House. Built in 1829, it was the first courthouse for Izard County in Arkansas Territory and is the oldest public structure in the state. From here, travel a quarter of a mile to AR 201, then turn left onto AR 341 to Push Mountain Road. Take AR 341 to AR 14 east to Blanchard Springs Caverns, an incredible must-see site on this tour. After a couple of hours there, get back on AR 14 east and head toward Mountain View. Turn right on AR 5, then back to Mountain View.


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179 Miles 288.2 iloMeters 4 14 ride tiMe

Places to Go & Things to Do BULL SHOALS CAVERNS, BULL SHOALS

BI ERS OUTLET, MOUNTAIN HOME

Offers guided tours of a limestone cave with underground river.

Biker gear and accessories, as well as flags, patches, hats and other clothing, and gift items.

GASTON'S WHITE RIVER RESORT, LAKEVIEW

BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERNS, FIFTY-SIX

First-class amenities, modern cabins, dining and expert guide services on the world-class White River.

A spectacular cave, campground and park.

OZAR FOLK CENTER STATE PAR , MOUNTAIN VIEW

BLAC SHEEP JOE'S SMO EHOUSE GRILL, YELLVILLE House-smoked meats and sausages served with homemade sides.

Mountain music, crafts and heritage gardening. Ozark Highlands Radio is broadcast here. Lodging and dining on-site. Seasonal workshops and concerts.

FRED'S FISH HOUSE, MOUNTAIN HOME Farm-raised catfish dinners are the specialty with plenty of other great menu options. MISSOURI ARKANSAS BULL SHOALS LAKE

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AR 27 NEAR WELCOME HOME

The monikers of these rides are the “Bear Creek Growl” and the “Leslie Lasso,” both of which are short and characterized by beautiful scenery and sweeping curves through the heart of the Ozarks. “Bear Creek Growl” is a wonderful loop through rural Arkansas with lovely farms and thick stands of timber. It’s all about an engaging ride through the Ozarks, plus it takes you through a community named Snowball. The ride is serpentine and begins its 57-mile route in downtown Marshall. AR 27 is one of Arkansas’s under-appreciated roads. The opening stretch of this highway runs south out of Marshall into the Bear Creek valley. The curves along the way are often tight and always sweeping and fun. It climbs up to a spot on the map called Tilly; the major feature here is the scenic “Y” intersection of AR 27/16. AR 16 runs from Tilly to a little bit larger spot on the map, Witts Spring, where AR 377 leads to the

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aforementioned Snowball. AR 377 ends, and AR 74 snakes east through farmland back to US 65, then south back to Marshall. On the map, “Leslie Lasso” looks just like a cowboy’s twirling lasso. The ride is through areas of timberland and scenic farms beginning and ending in Leslie in a bucolic valley surrounded by the rugged terrain of the Boston Mountains. The “coil” of the lasso – AR 66 – winds up out of Leslie, cresting at 1,550 feet about halfway to Timbo, the birthplace of folk legend Jimmy Driftwood. It sits in the middle of a great motorcycling area – the first road sign encountered on AR 263 north reads, “Crooked and Steep Next 12 Miles. Drive With Care.” That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the ride, which includes a fantastic stretch of the beloved AR 14. It loops south, just kissing the outskirts of Marshall before winding back to AR 66 for the return ride to Leslie.


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MISTY'S CONOCO & CONVENIENCE STORE, LESLIE

Mountain lodge with modern amenities and farm stays where you can help out on the 40-acre farm.

Popular stop for food and fuel. Famous chocolate rolls and fried pies.

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CAFÉ, LESLIE 5SKYLAR A lovely place for breakfast, lunch or dinner

ENDA DRIVE-IN, MARSHALL The only year-round operating drive-in movie theater in Arkansas.

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GRAVITY BREWWOR S, BIG FLAT Locally owned nanobrewery producing quality handcrafted ales and lagers in small batches. Tours available.

KILLEBREW HOUSE, LESLIE Circa 1907 colonial-style inn on six acres with five guest rooms on two floors, each with a living area and kitchen.

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Take a trip around the heart of the Ouachita Mountains on this picturesque route. AR 7 north out of Hot Springs is very curvy and runs through a wonderful part of the Ouachitas. The highway weaves through pine and hardwood forests and features plenty of tight curves and turns. Located within the boundary of the Ozark and Ouachita mountains is Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas’s first state park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. AR 154 runs east from AR 7 up to Petit Jean State Park. The highway rises out of the Arkansas River Valley and winds up on the isolated mountain between the two rivers.

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The state park is perched above the Arkansas River on an extremely rugged ridgeline. The views and hiking trails are very scenic, and the park’s accommodations are elegantly rustic. AR 154 intersects AR 9, a north-south running highway. North, it leads out of the River Valley into the Ozarks. South, AR 9 winds out of the valley into the foothills of the Ouachitas. AR 9 south is a twisting road that runs through heavy pine forests along the eastern end of the Ouachitas. The curves are fun without being technically too difficult. This stretch of AR 5 runs due west and consists of gentle sweepers as it travels to AR 7 and on into Hot Springs.


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Most rivers start as a trickle up in the mountains, but the Spring River in northern Arkansas starts as a full-blown river, gushing out from Mammoth Spring, the seventh-largest spring in the world. Nine million gallons of water an hour pour over a 1900s-era dam to birth the Spring River. The spring, lake and dam are the focal points of Mammoth Spring State Park. The old Frisco Depot and retired 1900s gristmill turned electric generating plant are fascinating museums documenting the area’s history. Spring River Country – Cherokee Village, Hardy and Mammoth Spring – features unique shops, lodging and dining opportunities. From Cherokee Village, it’s just a short hop over to the historic railroad town of Hardy. The ride north on US 63 to Mammoth Spring is scenic and serpentine. AR 289 south out of Mammoth Spring is made up of easy sweepers through a patchwork of thick timber and pastures. A short jaunt east on US 412 to Ash Flat, then south

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a couple of miles on US 167 will connect you with the next segment of your ride, east on AR 56. This run, as well as the next ride south on AR 9 to Melbourne, is through beautiful farmland on the top of the Ozarks Plateau, dotted with numerous stands of trees. AR 9 out of Melbourne once again takes you into the mountains, running up and down and along the steep ridges of the Ozarks. AR 9 is a technically challenging ride that connects with AR 5, just north of Mountain View, the Folk Music Capital of the World. Mountain View has a history steeped in hill culture, and the area is home to one of the best-known folk musicians in the nation, the late Jimmy Driftwood. In keeping with that tradition, Ozark Folk Center State Park preserves the sounds and spirit of the Ozarks. AR 5 South winds over the highlands between Mountain View and Drasco on AR 25. From Drasco, AR 92 West takes you to the Greers Ferry Lake region and the intersection of AR 16. Riding west on AR 16 takes you to the resort/retirement community of Fairfield Bay on the lake. The lake area offers numerous lodging and dining opportunities along with water-oriented recreational activities off your bike.


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Perhaps the most eclectic combination of high points of any ride in this guide, this route is a true gateway into the Ozarks. US 67 earned its nickname as the Rock ’N’ Roll Highway in recognition of the numerous entertainers of eventual fame who came to the area. Musicians like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Bill Rice, Booker T., various big bands and others played at the venues up and down this section of the highway. The annual Rock ’N’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival is held in October in downtown Pocahontas to celebrate the road’s storied history.

through Hardy and 412 to Ravenden is a gradual, very scenic descent from the Ozarks to the Delta area west of Crowley’s Ridge. The pavement is made up of numerous broad sweepers with a few tighter curves, but nothing that would overly tax a novice. Still, the experienced biker will enjoy both the highway and the scenery.

Begin this wonderful run at one of the best cruising spots in the eastern Ozarks, Mammoth Spring. The namesake of the city is the 10th largest spring in the world. A beautiful state park has been built around it.

At Batesville, US 167 runs north back into the Ozarks ... the gateway. It climbs through increasingly forested lands with the turns matching the rugged terrain. Notably, it goes through Evening Shade, namesake of the ’90s Burt Reynolds TV sitcom “Evening Shade.”

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The Delta of the Mississippi River is a flat alluvial plain that lends itself to great row-crop farming in rich bottomlands. There’s another feature within the Arkansas Delta that has an appeal to many riders wanting a different riding experience – a rare geological landmark called Crowley’s Ridge. Crowley’s Ridge is essentially a buildup of loess – windblown soils that accumulate and grow upwards in formations of 250-500 feet elevation above the swampy areas of the Delta – stretching for 150 miles. Many Delta towns in Arkansas were settled in areas along Crowley’s Ridge, which they often found to be more habitable.

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The top of it is predominantly oak and hickory timberland, studded with a patchwork of farms. Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway runs alongside the ridge, up across it, and in some places, down through the middle of it. For the rider who wants to get off the beaten path, there are numerous state highways and county roads in the area. While this ride is technically easy, the roads are, in stretches, very winding and scenic. Following the riders’ paradigm – that anywhere you go is more fun on two wheels than four – a ride down along Crowley’s Ridge is an enjoyable, uniquely Arkansas experience.


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Arkansas’s Delta has contributed its share of innovators in two genres of popular music – blues and rockabilly. The blues sound grew in the Deep South in the late 19th century and moved up the Delta. One major early proponent of the blues was KFFA radio in Helena-West Helena. Established in 1941, KFFA provided a venue for African-American blues musicians during its “King Biscuit Time” show, which aired every day at noon when farmhands took their lunch breaks. Today, “King Biscuit Time” is the longest-running blues radio show in the country and broadcasts from the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena. The show still opens with these famous words uttered by longtime announcer “Sunshine” Sonny Payne: “Pass the biscuits, it’s King Biscuit Time.” KFFA was an important influence on B.B. King, who was steeped in gospel music as a child. The legendary bluesman played juke joints up and down the Mississippi River. At a club in Twist, a fatal fire prompted him to henceforth call all his guitars “Lucille.” Two men accidentally started the blaze, fighting over a woman named Lucille. Today, Twist is a mere dot on the map, but there is a historic marker placed on the site where the club once stood, a necessary stop for any real blues fan. The legacy of the blues also lives on at the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival held in Helena-West Helena in October.

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A little-known fact is that The Beatles touched down on Arkansas soil on September 18 and 20, 1964, in Walnut Ridge on US 63/67. The band landed a chartered plane at the airport on a Friday, desiring anonymity as they caught a smaller plane to fly to a retreat in southern Missouri. But three teenaged boys recognized the group, and on Sunday morning, hundreds of residents gathered to bid adieu to the Fab Four. Walnut Ridge recently built a park memorializing this moment with a unique sculpture depicting the Abbey Road album cover. But before the greatest rock group in history could even exist, there had to be a precursor ... rockabilly. Johnny Cash, an icon in country music, also made his mark on the rockabilly scene. Cash’s sound and song lyrics were inspired by his humble surroundings, having been raised on one of Roosevelt’s WPA projects at Dyess, called “Colonization Project No. 1.” Today, you can tour the administration building and home at the Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home just off AR 14 on 297. The home has been restored to appear just as it would have looked when Johnny was a kid. All tours begin in the administration building where there is a fine collection of photographs, relics and memorabilia. Along the way: Newport is the birthplace of rockabilly guitarist Albert “Sonny” Burgess. Tyronza is home to the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, worth a stop and a stroll when you need to stretch your legs.


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Located on Arkansas’s eastern border along the Mississippi River, the Great River Road (GRR) is a wonderful way to tour the Delta. The GRR is actually a misnomer because it’s not a single highway, but a series of state and US highways that follows the meanderings of the river and connects cities and small towns. From Blytheville to Shives, the route is full of interesting places to explore, relating both to river history, great food and, of course, the blues. Take a short side trip to Wilson on AR 14 and enjoy lunch at the Wilson Café. On your way through town, admire the Tudorstyle buildings and stately homes. Continue on to the restored boyhood home of Johnny Cash in Dyess. The GRR rolls through row-crop farmland and connecting with the river is difficult, especially for road bikes. Numerous bridges span the mighty waterway. Historically, blues joints were spread up and down the Mississippi. From the ’30s through the ’50s, West Memphis’ 8th Street was often referred to as Beale Street West. On down the road, a popular stopover is Southland Park Gaming and Racing, one of the oldest greyhound racetracks in the country. The expanded game room

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features over 1,900 games, including video poker and blackjack. Choose from a variety of dining options at the World Market Buffet, Bourbon Street Steakhouse Grill or Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar and Grill. Of course, no trip to the Delta would be complete without a sampling of the region’s succulent barbecue. Along this route, Jones’ Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna is worthy of a stop. This James Beard Award-winning joint has been in business for over a hundred years and serves its smoked pork on plain white bread with vinegar sauce and coleslaw. Near the end of this ride, visit the site where it all started at Arkansas Post in Gillett. The National Park Service commemorates the first European settlement this side of the Mississippi and marks Arkansas’s first territorial capital. History takes a turn on AR 1 at Rohwer, the site of the Rohwer War Relocation Center, one of two WWII-era internment camps built to house JapaneseAmericans in Arkansas. Located near Lake Village, Lakeport Plantation is the last remaining antebellum plantation home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It now serves as a museum focusing on the people and the culture of the Delta.


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For those living in the mountains, the pancake-flat prairie is a curious attraction. This ride between the Arkansas and White rivers is not one of those front-wheel-says-hi-to-the-rear-tire, hairpin curve type rides. It is a relaxing stretch when you need a bit of wind-in-your-face diversion. Along the Arkansas River on both sides, you will find oxbow lakes – those long, curving lakes left behind when a river changes course. There are numerous small farming communities here, like Scott on US 165. It’s representative of the area close around the Arkansas River with its swampy areas thick with cypress growth. Cotham’s Mercantile, a famous general storeturned-burger joint, sits on the bank of Horseshoe Lake. South of Scott is another place of interest, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. Over 1,000 years

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ago, Native Americans built mounds and other earthworks at this ceremonial site. Continuing through England and up to Carlisle, you’ll find more river-bottom farmland where rice and soybeans are grown. The area is replete with creeks and streams, so the wooded areas you encounter are often associated with these swampy low areas. Just past the US 70/63 junction is DeValls Bluff, a little town on the edge of the White River. Be sure to plan a lunch stop at Craig’s Bar-B-Que for some great small-town barbecue in DeValls Bluff. The ride down US 79 to Pine Bluff takes you through Stuttgart, which attracts duck hunters from across the country in the fall. Following an afternoon of motoring around the Grand Prairie, take I-530 back to Little Rock for a relaxing evening in the River Market District.


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AR 293 CROSSING BAYOU BARTHOLOMEW

The longest bayou in the United States is located in Arkansas. At 359 miles long, Bayou Bartholomew begins in Pine Bluff and was used to export the riches of the Arkansas Delta across the country. Bayou Bartholomew was once a wide, pristine waterway with barges, and even steamboats, plying its waters. Today, as farming and clear-cutting have become the main activities in this area, the bayou has filled in with sediment and is a shallow shadow of its former self, but it still offers wonderful fishing. As the dividing line between the Delta region and the timberlands, it is the second most ecologically diverse waterway in the nation. This short loop conveniently starts at Star City. The ride down US 425 to AR 54 is a patchwork of timber and cleared pastures for cattle farming.

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Crossing Bayou Bartholomew at Winchester is like crossing from night into day. The Delta is flat, Mississippi River bottom agricultural land. The bayou separates the pinewoods to the west and the Delta to the east like a squiggly line on paper. To experience two of the major geographical divisions of Arkansas in one short ride, the curving Bayou Bartholomew is a unique opportunity. Continue on, taking AR 138 across US 65 for 16 miles farther east to Rohwer to visit the Rohwer Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II, and on to McGehee to see the restored 1910 Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot housing the World War II Japanese-American Internment Museum.


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There’s a long tradition of motorcycle riding in the South, with its heavy forests, farmland and generally moderate climate. South Arkansas has enjoyed its share of that tradition. Interestingly, the early oil boom in southern Arkansas of the 1920s helped fuel the two-wheeled touring that today is enjoyed by millions of enthusiasts. What better place to start a ride through the Arkansas portion of the vast southern forests than on US 371 at a blip on the map, a tiny town called Taylor just north of the state line. The timberland of southern Arkansas lends itself to fairly straight roads with lazy sweeping curves. And that’s the way it is with the first two-thirds of this ride. The majority of the time, you will be riding alongside lush trees and tall timber. The road also runs through a patchwork of tree farms, cattle farms dotted with ponds and green pastures, and stretches of farmland with rows of rice or soybeans. As this ride pushes north to Hamburg and onto state highways, the curves tighten up. In a few places, they are almost of the knee-dragging variety.

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AR 189 north out of Hamburg (Washington Street, then Milo Road) becomes more serpentine. Likewise, AR 8 from Johnsville north to Warren is a nice winding stretch of road through a thick checkerboard of woodlands. For a second time on the ride, you will again intersect AR 189, north of Warren on AR 8. This portion of AR 189 has the most dramatic curves you will encounter on the ride, which is an appropriate way to motor into Kingsland, birthplace of Johnny Cash. On AR 189 in Kingsland next to a Baptist church, there is a memorial to J.R. Cash. He only lived in Kingsland for three years before his family moved 218 miles east to the Historic Dyess Colony – now the site of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. From Kingsland, the ride on US 79 west to Fordyce is fairly pedestrian. Fordyce, an important Cotton Belt Railroad center, stands in the middle of the timber area and is the terminus of this ride through the heart of southern Arkansas. Whether you are passing through or have reached your destination for the day, you will enjoy the roads, scenery and history of the area.


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Here are six dual-sport routes that take you off the beaten path for adventure riding through national forests, over mountain passes, along lakes and rivers, and across the wide-open Delta plains. Twist, turn and climb the rugged back roads of Northwest and North Central Arkansas that include portions of the Ouachita and Ozark national forests that showcase their stunning beauty and breathtaking views.

In western Arkansas, the scenic rolling Ouachita Mountain terrain is dotted with sparkling lakes. Or, traverse the unusual geological landform known as Crowley’s Ridge as it rises from the floodplains of the Delta on a trip through the St. Francis National Forest. Pick a multi-day trip and choose your accommodations from one of our many state parks equipped with campsites, cabins or even lodges.

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MOUNTAINS

Lots of switchbacks and steep grades that require lower speeds.

DELTA PLAINS

Mostly flat with a mix of open fields and forested wetlands.

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NATURAL DAM TO BOXLEY VALLEY

NEAR CASS AND WHITE ROCK MOUNTAIN

The Northwest region of the state is a combination of backcountry roads, curvy state highways and remote wooded trails of the Ozark National Forest. On this route, start with a visit to the natural spillways of Natural Dam. Continue north on AR 59 to Liberty Hill Road, which leads into the national forest and toward Devil’s Den State Park. Continue east on AR 74, south on Scenic US 71, then left onto Shepherd Spring Road. Here you can visit Lake Fort Smith State Park. Located on the 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith, this park is a great stopover for outdoor enthusiasts and offers group lodges, cabins and campsites for overnight stays, plus excellent fishing, hiking, mountain biking and backpacking through the Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. Heading north from the park, take Shepherd Spring Road to Winfrey Valley Cutoff, then travel eastward through the mountanous Ozark National Forest on Bidville Road, Hurricane Creek and finally Bowles Gap Road toward White Rock Mountain Overlook. From the overlook, continue north on White Rock Mountain Road to AR 23, “the Pig Trail,” which is

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considered one of the best motorcycling roads in America for its scenic twisties. Travel north through the switchbacks of the Pig Trail before leaving the pavement eastward on Fly Gap Road. Turn north onto Morgan Mountain Road (CR 4460), south on CR 5051/ FS 1504, and south on CR 5099, then make the steep descent to AR 215. Head east on AR 215 along the Mulberry River to Oark, where you can fuel up with gas and grub at the Oark Cafe. Leaving Oark, head east on AR 215 to CR 5440, an uphill climb exiting onto AR 21. Travel AR 21 north to NC 8100/414 (FS 1463), where you will enter the most difficult portion of the ride. This section changes roads three times and requires riders to cross Buffalo Creek. The north end is FS 1410 and will connect with CR 5. Travel north toward Boxley Valley and the trailhead for Whitaker Point, an iconic Arkansas photo op. There will be a long, steep descent as you enter Boxley Valley and connect with AR 21/43. Turn north and follow AR 43 to Ponca, and take time to stop at the viewing areas and look for the local herd of elk.


BUFFALO OUTDOOR CENTER CABIN, PONCA

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WHITAKER POINT, BOXLEY

The oldest continuously operated general store in Arkansas. Fuel, store, cafe and historic building.

WHITA ER POINT This lofty perch provides an iconic Arkansas photo op. To get to the scenic spot, take the Boxley Bridge over the Buffalo River, and travel six miles to access the Whitaker Point Trailhead.

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PARIS TO La e SYLVIA

NEAR LAKE SYLVIA AND LAKE WINONA

This dual-sport route in Central Arkansas connects the Ozark National Forest of Mount Magazine to the Ouachita National Forest and ends near Lake Sylvia. Head south on scenic AR 309 and turn right onto Robert Hill Rd. When this road ends, turn left onto Greenbench Road for an epic ride up and over the curvy roads of Mount Magazine back to AR 309. At 2,753 feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas’s highest peak. On its summit stands The Lodge at Mount Magazine, the showpiece of the state park, which also offers secluded cabins and rustic campsites.

the way up and over the mountain to FS 818 for a long ride through the tall southern pine forests.

On the south side of the mountain is West Cedar Piney Rd., a dirt connector that cuts from AR 309 over to Waveland. Turn left onto AR 10 then take the first right onto CR 309 and head west around the eastern end of Blue Mountain Lake. The road changes to gravel and becomes CR 28 (FS 18) and turns south into the Ouachita National Forest.

FR 132 intersects Reform Rd. just past Lake Winona, where you turn north (left) toward Lake Sylvia. This will be the most difficult section of the ride. Reform Rd. is an old washed-out path with deep ruts and large rocks that make it difficult to navigate. Follow it to CR 57, then to FR 152/CR 58 for a short stretch to Lake Sylvia, a picturesque 18-acre lake with great fishing, as well as swimming, picnicking and camping.

Another short stretch of pavement comes as you turn west onto AR 80. Make a left onto Cheyenne Rd. (CR 33/FS 18). A winding CR 33/FS 18 leads

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At the intersection of AR 307, turn south onto Straight Rock Rd. Follow CR 1 south as it winds its way toward Chula Rd. (CR 2] and turns to the east toward Aly and AR 27. South of Aly on AR 27, you will leave pavement once more onto CR 6 where it follows along the Irons Fork Creek. The road becomes Gladstone Forest Rd. Continue east all the way to AR 7. There, you will cross the highway and travel east on Winona Scenic Drive (FR 132).


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CRYSTAL SPRINgS RIDE

NEAR CHARLTON RECREATION AREA AND COLLIER SPRINGS

Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, this route travels between the towns of Parks and Crystal Springs and loops around Shady Lake. From AR 28 near Parks, begin south on Robertson Creek Road. This winding, remote road takes you through the Muddy Creek WMA and over Mill Creek Mountain. Turn west on US 270 at Buck Knob, and you are just a couple of miles from leaving the asphalt again. Turner Creek Road scales the high ridges of Fourche Mountain where the road, now NF 172, becomes a rough trail with narrow and steep drops. NF 172 ties into CR 70 for a twisting ride east around Brushy Knob and then a long descent south to a right turn onto AR 88. Go west for about a mile then turn left onto CR 68 which joins with CR 63 before crossing the Ouachita River on the way to AR 8. Heading west on AR 8 just shy of Mena, the route turns south again onto AR 375. This tight, snaking stretch of highway takes you to the town of Shady, where you cross a one-lane bridge over the Cossatot River onto CR 81 and into the Caney Creek Wilderness Area. Traveling south on CR 81, pick up CR 79 and then CR 402, which lead to AR 246. Travel east then turn left onto Shady Lake Road toward the entrance of Shady Lake Recreation Area.

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Situated on 25 acres, this scenic site includes more than 90 campsites, a swimming beach, hiking trails and picnic areas, and is a popular fishing hole. The route continues north from the park on CR 64 where you will find incredible views of the rugged Ouachita Mountains. But beware: this stretch of Shady Lake Road is nothing but large rocks and is extremely rough all the way until you turn east onto CR 601. From there, follow the valley toward the Little Missouri River and Mine Creek Road. Stop for a look at the Little Missouri Falls before continuing east onto Albert Pike Road. The route then turns left onto Polk Creek Road for a picturesque ride over Polk Creek Mountain. From Polk Creek, turn north on River Road, then east on AR 8 to Norman. From there, AR 27 takes you just north of Norman where the route hits the dirt again on Crystal Park Road, and leads you past the Crystal Park Recreation Area as you climb to the top of Crystal Mountain. Continue down the mountain where the route turns east onto NF-177 before crossing Logan Gap, then continues east onto Womble Silver Road to the finish line at US 270 just west of Crystal Springs. This route takes seven to eight hours to complete, and there are lots of good camping sites along the way, so plan this as an overnight trip.


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23 Greenwood CRYSTAL PAR RECREATION AREA, NORMAN Campground on Montgomery Creek with picnicking, hiking, 10 swimming and fishing.

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Robert Hill Rd.

LAKE DARDANELLE LAKE

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Greenbench Rd. Piney Rd.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FRONT PORCH STAGE, Booneville MOUNT IDA BLUE 71 23 Free outdoor live music performances of bluegrass, folk, gospel and country every Mansfield Saturday night May through October.

CR 5040

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A beautiful stairstep fall in a deep gorge. There is a parking area with restrooms and a trail leading to observation sites. Flow is best during winter and spring.

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“Y” City 71

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Robertson Creek Rd.

Turner Creek Rd.

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Mena CR 63

CR 68

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Norman Polk Creek Rd.

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OZAR NATIONAL FOREST RIDE

ROASTING EAR ROAD BETWEEN FIFTY-SIX AND TIMBO

The rugged Ozark National Forest surrounds you on this dual-sport route between Calico Rock and Prim near Greers Ferry Lake. Begin in Big Flat on Endless Road/CR 145 and ride north into the Leatherwood Wilderness Area to Root (or Rand) Road/CR 146. Here you will head back east to AR 341, Push Mountain Road. Pound the pavement through the extreme curves of Push Mountain Road to CR 74, then head east into the Sylamore WMA. The route connects with CR 75 south. Take Gunnerpool Road northeast for a short bit then head east onto Bear Road/CR 26. Continue to Sandy Flat Road/CR 26 for a winding ride south to Green Mountain Road/CR 71. Turn east, and Green Mountain Road takes you down the mountain to AR 5. Turn south to meet up with the White River at Allison. The route makes a turn back to the west on AR 14 for another curvy section of asphalt all the way to the city of Fifty-Six, home to Blanchard Springs Caverns, a must-see site along this route. The

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ride heads south on Mitchell Road/CR 81, which gives way to the east end of Oak Grove Loop just before you meet up with AR 66 for another turn to the west. Follow AR 66 to AR 263 just west of Timbo. Heading south on AR 263 to the top of the mountain, the route turns east onto CR 16 and follows Sunny Fox Road all the way to AR 9. Turn south on AR 9, then a quick turn to the east on Sunnyland Road/CR 206 and follow it to Racket Ridge Road/CR 200 near the Cherokee WMA. Racket Ridge will take the route east to Hanover Road/CR 21 where you head south toward AR 263 and the town of Prim. In Prim, discover Longbow Resort, a unique Ozark getaway with cabins built into massive rock formations, alongside streams and amid undisturbed natural beauty. Turn south on AR 263 and cross over the Devils Fork of the Little Red River where our route ends at AR 92. This route takes about six hours to complete.


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A world-famous fishing stream, the White River is also9 an excellent waterway Perry 10 for canoeing and kayaking. Cabins and campsites are located along the river. AR Perryville K IN BLANCHARD SPRINGS RIVE ANCAMPSITE SAS R RECREATION AREA, FIFTY-SIX

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Contains 640 acres for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding with fishing and camping on three small lakes and 9 many streams, plus hunting for deer, turkey and waterfowl.

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The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with shops, restaurants and a farmers market. The East Calico District is America’s only ghost town inside an existing community.

Allison Ozark Folk Center State Park

Mountain View

Sunny Fox Rd. / CR 16

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Mitchell Rd.

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POCAHONTAS TO POWHATAN

SPRING RIVER CROSSING ON NINE MILE RIDGE ROAD NEAR HARDY

This route begins on AR 90 West just north of Pocahontas, a historic port town near the Black River and Eleven Point River. In its early days, Pocahontas was the first supply stop in Arkansas, and it still makes a great place to stock up with food and fuel. 3.5 miles to the northwest of town, the route heads west on Blacks Ferry Rd. into a peaceful farm valley. Just after crossing the river, the road becomes Valley Chapel Rd. and continues to the old Valley Chapel Church. The road bends to the north, passes the church and intersects Hall Rd, which leads us farther north up the mountain where it intersects AR 90. From there, head west to Ravenden Springs to the intersection at Upper Janes Creek Rd.. The route turns west on Upper Janes Creek Rd. and follows the valley north into the mountains where it once again leaves the pavement for crunchy terrain. Follow Upper Janes Creek Rd. as it winds through the forest to the intersection of Taylor Rd. A short detour takes you back to Upper Janes Creek Rd.. Continue west toward the town of Wirth. From here, follow Wirth Rd. between the mountaintop meadows to Busch Run Rd.. Once again on pavement, ride west on Busch Run to US 63 and north toward Mammoth Spring, a town named for Arkansas’s largest spring, a National Natural Landmark. From downtown Mammoth Spring, turn south on Second Street from AR 9. Veer right onto Riverview Rd. then turn left onto North Fairview Rd. Follow Fairview south out of town as it winds through the mountains to the intersection with

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Bayou Access Rd. Be prepared to cross several small creeks as you continue south toward English Creek Rd. Continue south all the way to Bakers Ford, which takes you to Nine Mile Rd. where you’ll head east to the Spring River, a beloved stream for its crystal-clear waters lined by rocky bluffs. Crossing the long, one-lane bridge, the road changes names to Bluff Rd. but continues toward US 63, just north of Hardy. Take US 63 south into Hardy where you’ll cross back over the Spring River on US 412 west. Shortly after crossing, the route turns right onto AR 342 for a scenic jaunt along the Spring River bottoms. AR 342 gives way to Rock Creek Rd. and continues south into the Wildlife Management Area with opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Rock Creek ends at AR 58, but continue south on Mill Creek Rd. just across the highway. Follow Mill Creek Rd. along the hollow to its intersection with Strawberry Rd. where the ride heads east to Smithville. Just east of here on AR 117, turn south on Lawrence County Rd. 273 toward Hardaway. From CR 273, turn east on CR 280, then south on CR 281, then back east on CR 279 into Lynn. In Lynn, head south on AR 361 to Game and Fish Rd. (CR 316) and ride east into the Shirey Bay Wildlife Management Area. As you cross the cypress bottoms of Shirey Bay, continue east on CR 317 and follow the Black River north to CR 309. Turn east on CR 309, and ride north to CR 301. Turn east onto CR 301, and follow it north to Powhatan Historic State Park where our 113mile route ends.


SHADY RIVER GETAWAY, POCAHONTAS

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Places to Go & Things to Do MAMMOTH SPRING

CAROL'S LA EVIEW RESTAURANT, CHERO EE VILLAGE

A National Natural Landmark, Arkansas’s largest spring gushes an average of nine million gallons of water an hour, forms a 10-acre lake and then flows into the Spring River, a popular fishing and float stream. At the state park is an information center with picnic areas and trails nearby.

Located on Lake Thunderbird offering a diverse menu of Southern-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

POWHATAN HISTORIC STATE PAR , POWHATAN Preserves the 1888 courthouse, Powhatan Jail and several buildings – all listed on the National Register of Historic Places – that interpret the importance of this late-1800s river port. Guided tours available.

GOOD OLD DAYS VINTAGE MOTORCAR MUSEUM, HARDY More than 60 classic cars and vintage motorcycles on display with collectibles, T-shirts and memorabilia in the gift shop.

Mammoth Spring State Park

Mammoth Spring

S. 2nd Rd. Riverview Rd. Fairview Rd. 9 Bayou Access Rd. English Creek Rd. Baker’s Ford Rd. Bluff Rd.

Wirth Rd.

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Cherokee Village 412

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GREAT RIVER OFF-ROAD RIDE

ST. FRANCIS NATIONAL FOREST

A hallmark of this Delta ride is a trip up Crowley’s Ridge, a unique geological formation that rises from the flatlands. The route begins in Lake Village at the intersection of US 82 and Sunnyside Road (AR 142). Turn north onto Sunnyside just before the Mississippi River Bridge, then veer right up and onto Levee Road (CR 403). This road is only marked by a sign that states “No Trucks,” but is very obvious. From here to US 165 at Arkansas Post, the road is covered with loose gravel and has numerous steel cattle guards as it crosses several farms along the way. While this road is not a difficult ride, it offers a banner view of the region. On the east side, you will see the oxbow lakes and forest sloughs that follow the banks of the Mississippi River, and on the west, there are miles of the fertile Delta farmlands. Halfway to Arkansas Post is the quiet little town of Arkansas City, a good place to take a break. From this point, Levee Road changes to Great River Road National Scenic Byway (CR 43). Follow it to the junction of US 165 just south of Arkansas Post. Turn north on US 165, and cross the Arkansas River.

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Here, you’ll find the entrance to the museum state park. The nearby national memorial commemorates Arkansas’s first European settlement. Leaving Arkansas Post, the route now takes to the asphalt for an hour-long ride toward Crowley’s Ridge, a highlight of this trip. Crowley’s Ridge is also the site of a state park with group lodging, cabins and campsites. Going north on US 165, veer north on AR 1 north toward Marvell. At Marvell, turn east on US 49 toward Helena-West Helena. Just west of town, the route turns north on AR 185 to the intersection of AR 242 West. Follow AR 242 north to CR 217, also known as St. Francis Scenic Byway, where the route turns east into the St. Francis National Forest. The curvy lower portion of CR 217 leads up to Storm Creek Lake where the road changes to dirt. Continue north on CR 217 to CR 221 north toward Bear Creek Lake. Just south of the lake, turn east onto CR 239. Follow CR 239 to the intersection of CR 225, then turn north toward AR 44 and the town of Marianna. The route ends at AR 44 on the north end of Mississippi River State Park. This ride takes about 7 hours to complete.


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MISSISSIPPI RIVER STATE PAR , MARIANNA

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LEVON HELM MAR ER, MARVELL Roadside marker honors the famous founder of The Band who grew up in the area. National Park Service site commemorates the first European settlement (1686) on the Lower Mississippi and Arkansas’s first territorial capital.

DESHA COUNTY COURTHOUSE, AR ANSAS CITY One of the oldest courthouses in the state. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

AR ANSAS WELCOME CENTER, HELENA-WEST HELENA MISSISSIPPI RIVER STATE PARK, MARIANNA

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Located within the St. Francis National Forest on Bear Creek Lake. Campsites, hiking trails, a boat ramp, swim beach and picnic areas.

Lake Village 65

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 1929 Hotel Seville ................................................................................39 Arkansas Delta Byways ................................................................104 Arkansas Travel Guide .....................................................................70 Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks ...............................................49 Arkansas State Parks .......................................................................17 Arkansas’ Land of Legends........................................................... 16 Arkansas’s Great Southwest........................................................ 71 Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, The ...........................................65 Baxter Insurance ................................................................................52 Bentonville BMW ............................................................................... 30 Best Western Eureka Inn...............................................................22 Best Western Inn of the Ozarks ........................Map Fold Out Best Western Winners Circle Inn.............................................63 Best Westerns of Arkansas .......................................................IBC Buffalo Outdoor Center ................................................................... 48 Buffalo River Outfitters/ Coupon ...........................................................................129-130, 132 Clarion Resort On Lake Hamilton/ Coupon .................................................................................... 129-130 Cliff House Inn ..................................................................................... 48 Comfort Inn, Mountain Home/ Coupon ............................................................................ 38, 129-130 Cosmic Cavern..................................................................................... 53 Crescent Hotel & New Moon Spa .............................................. 53 Delta Q .......................................................................................................96 Diamond Lakes Travel Association ..........................................58 Drasco Trading Post/Coupon............................................. 129-130 Eureka Springs.....................................................................................23 Fairfield Bay Community Club.................................................... 84 Fayetteville .............................................................................................32 Forrest City.............................................................................................97 Fort Smith ...............................................................................................27 Gaston’s White River Resort ........................................................39 Great Passion Play, The/Coupon...................................... 129-130 Hampton Inn, Harrison....................................................................37 Harley-Davidson of Jonesboro.....................................................99 Harrison ................................................................................................IFC Hazel Valley Ranch ........................................................................... 33 Heber Springs .......................................................................................85 Hilton Garden Inn................................................................................96 Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Harrison ................................37

Honda Yamaha of North Little Rock.......................................109 Hot Springs Rally, The ..................................................................... 13 Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina..................................................59 Landers Harley-Davidson .............................................................109 Lawrence County .................................................................................91 Little Rock ...............................................................................................83 Main Street Paragould ....................................................................98 Mena .........................................................................................................70 Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa ..................................................59 Mountain Home ...................................................................................38 Mountain View...................................................................................128 Newton County ...................................................................................37 Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association..................................................................32 Ozark ..........................................................................................................26 Ozark Gateway...................................................................................... 12 Panther Valley Ranch/Coupon .......................................... 129-130 Pig Trail Harley-Davidson .............................................................. 31 Quality Inn, Eureka Springs ..........................................................52 Quality Inn, Harrison ........................................................................37 Rainbow Drive Resort ......................................................................36 Randolph County .................................................................................90 RE/MAX of Hot Springs Village ..................................................65 Richards Honda-Yamaha/Coupon.................................... 129-130 Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Museum ............................................90 Russellville ...........................................................................................4-5 Southland Park Gaming & Racing...........................................105 Spyderpops .............................................................................................62 Street Eagle Motorcycle Rentals .............................................108 Sun Country Inn .....................................................................................1 Sunrise Honda ..................................................................................... 64 Terra Studios/Coupon............................................................ 129-130 Texarkana ............................................................................................... 71 The Hub ....................................................................................................36 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ............................................22 Van Buren ...............................................................................................26 Visit Hot Springs .................................................................................62 Visit Rogers........................................................................................... 30 Western Arkansas’ Mountain Frontier ..................................27 White Hall MotorSports ...............................................................108 Whole Hog Cafe, North Little Rock ...........................................82

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ON THE ROAD

TO ADVENTURE

While winding through the Ozarks, the Buffalo National River is more than a worthy detour: It should be a required stop for rest, relaxation, and adventure. And, no matter how you’ve packed your panniers, you’ll need a little help.

Buffalo River Outfitters has you covered with the equipment and staff to get you off the road and onto the water. Comfy cabins are available for overnight stays.

9664 Hwy. 65 • St. Joe, AR 72675 870-439-2244 www.buffaloriveroutfitters.com

• Cabins

• Kayaks

• Canoes

• Shuttle service

Authorized Concessioner

Buffalo River Outfitters is authorized to provide canoe rentals and transportation services within the Buffalo National River.


Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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