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WELCOME TO ARKANSAS The Natural State … for motorcycling!

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hen 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 29 road routes within these pages, along with six 2

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 Motorcycle Rallies and Rides............................................................................................................................... 8-9 Motorcycle Rental, Repair and Service Locations...........................................................................................12-13 On the Road with Chris Gibbany...................................................................................................................... 14-15 Road Routes Reference Map.............................................................................................................................18-19 Road Routes..................................................................................................................................................... 20-115 Civil War Military Parks, Museums and Battlefield Sites............................................................................ 116-117 Off the Track and Into the Woods with Cory West.............................................................................................. 119 Dual-Sport Routes Reference Map................................................................................................................120-121 Dual-Sport Routes.........................................................................................................................................122-133 Coupons.........................................................................................................................................................135-136 Index and Location Map of Advertisers........................................................................................................138-139

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 firstaid kit, GPS and charger. Slow down in the rain or if visibility is poor.

RIDER RESOURCES

ARKANSAS ROAD CONDITIONS (501) 569-2374 or 1-800-245-1672 IDriveArkansas.com

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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ARKANSAS STATE PARKS

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RIDE THE OZARKS RALLY, HARRISON

MOTORCYCLE RALLIES AND RIDES

North to south, west to east—we have exciting events statewide!

RIDE THE OZARKS RALLY Harrison: October 5-6

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ounded in 2016, this rally was created to do exactly as its name suggests – Ride the Ozarks. After all, this part of Arkansas demands to be ridden in the fall. Early October is the most beautiful time of year in the Ozarks. With it comes cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the arrival of motorcycles – lots of them. “We have a tremendous number of motorcyclists coming through during October to get in a few more miles before winter,” says rally organizer Matt Bell, executive director of the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau. “So, we thought we would host an end of season rally for our riders to enjoy.” Building off of the success of the first event, the 2017 rally grew to include more live music, a car show, bike show, stunt show and other free and family friendly activities. There are also food vendors and a beer garden. The poker run is $10 a hand with proceeds benefiting The 8

United Way. Proceeds from the bike show go to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The thing that sets Ride the Ozarks apart from other rallies, says Bell, are the free guided rides. He explains, “Some folks like to have a local who knows all the good roads and stops along the way to take them on an adventure. To accommodate that, we offer multiple guided rides throughout the rally.” The plan for this year’s rally is to continue building the community, growing the event and getting more people out on the road to ride the Ozarks. Additional information and guided ride maps can be found at RidetheOzarksRally.com. To learn more about Harrison and to order a free copy of the Motorcycle Riding Guide, visit HarrisonArkansas.org.


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33RD ANNUAL ABATE DISTRICT ONE MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET AND BIKE SHOW

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BROTHERS OF THE THIRD WHEEL

Harrison: June 6-7 (members only) June 8-9 (open to public) Facebook: 2018 Brothers of the Third Wheel Central States Regional Trike-In

MOUNTAINS, MUSIC & MOTORCYCLES

Mountain View: August 17-18 Facebook: Mountains, Music and Motorcycles

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TWIN LAKES THUNDER RALLY Mountain Home: October 26-28 TwinLakesThunder.com

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AIRPORTS AND MOTORCYCLE RENTAL, REPAIR AND SERVICE LOCATIONS Broken down? No bike? No problem! We’ve got you covered.

ARKANSAS AIRPORTS NORTHWEST ARKANSAS XNA REGIONAL AIRPORT, BENTONVILLE

BOONE COUNTY AIRPORT, HRO HARRISON

JONESBORO MUNICIPAL JBR AIRPORT, JONESBORO

BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON LIT NATIONAL AIRPORT, LITTLE ROCK

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STREET EAGLE MOTORCYCLE RENTALS

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

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

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1711 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers (479) 633-8443 • HeritageIndianNWA.com

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3803 N.W. Wishing Springs Dr., Bentonville (479) 273-1807 • BMWofNWA.com

YAMAHA OF HARRISON

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

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

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

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1110 Collier Dr., Conway (844) 606-3321 • ToadSuckHD.com

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800 Truman Baker Dr., Searcy (877) 305-2900 SunriseHonda.com

4500 Oliver St., Jonesboro (870) 932-0780 • HDJonesboro.com

ARKANSAS YAMAHA

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

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10210 Interstate 30, Little Rock (501) 568-3160 • RockCityHD.com

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DOUG REYNOLDS SUZUKI OF LITTLE ROCK 9800 Interstate 30, Little Rock 1-800-479-1370 DougReynoldsSuzuki.com

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5922 S. University Ave., Little Rock (501) 562-9448 RiggsOutdoor.com

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273 Repop Place, Pearcy (501) 760-1234 SpyderPops.com

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GIBBANY RIDING HER 1981 HARLEY-DAVIDSON IRONHEAD SPORTSTER “IRON MAN”

ON THE ROAD WITH CHRIS GIBBANY

Custom vintage bike builder and longtime rider takes us through the Ozarks

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ike builder Chris Gibbany is an ambassador for Arkansas motorcycling. She and her husband, Gabe, a master mechanic, work as a team building boneyard choppers in Harrison. “I have been riding motorcycles in the Ozarks since before I could drive a car,” Gibbany says. “I really do live and breathe for the machine. It’s ingrained in me. It’s flowing through my veins.” Gibbany designs her own bikes, including her 1956 Harley-Davidson Panhead named “Panacea,” a 1200cc Harley motor she designed from start to finish. Her 1981 Ironhead Sportster, dubbed “Iron Man,” was featured in American Iron and has appeared in numerous magazines around the world. When Chris and Gabe aren’t wrenching, they’re out riding. They like to a pick any two-lane blacktop in the Ozarks. She names the Ozark Moonshine Ride as her favorite.

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“We’ll take off from where we live. Get some breakfast, go through Mount Judea, get some snacks, talk to locals, talk to other riders, go down through [the towns of] Nail and Swain, ride through Compton Mountains and come back.” For folks less familiar with the area, the route she describes is arguably the best riding in Arkansas. The twists and turns, the views along Scenic 7 and Hwy. 43 and the local stops along the way are legendary. It also travels through Ponca along the Buffalo National River where you may see the famous elk herd in Boxley Valley. Good eats include the burgers at Ozark Cafe in Jasper. “Arkansas has such great roads, great riding weather. I believe once people come here to visit, they always want to come back,” Gibbany says. “Bring your bike, and come ride with me in Arkansas.” Watch a video about Chris Gibbany at Arkansas.com/motorcycling.


CHRIS AND HER HUSBAND, GABE

CHRIS’S TATTOOS SHOW HER PASSION FOR MOTORCYCLES

CHRIS’S 1956 HARLEY-DAVIDSON PANHEAD “PANACEA” THAT TOOK SIX YEARS TO BUILD

GIBBANY’S CURRENT PROJECT, A 1939 HARLEY-DAVIDSON EL KNUCKLEHEAD

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8 Mount Magazine⁄Wine Country Loop...........................48-49

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Look for these icons on each route map; they identify what type of road terrain you can expect.

9 Harrison to Eureka Springs Back Roads Run................52-53

10 Twisted Lady.....................................................................54-55

11 Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway..............................................56-57

12 Diamond Run⁄Side Trip to Historic Washington..........60-61

13 Talimena National Scenic Byway...................................70-71

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23 Five Rivers Rumble...........................................................96-97

24 Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway....102-103

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PIG TRAIL SCENIC BYWAY, AR 23

PIG TRAIL SCENIC BYWAY   SIDE TRIP TO OARK

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ne of the most scenic spots in the state, the Pig Trail was recently named the top motorcycle ride in the United States by “USA Today” Readers’ Choice poll. Starting in Clarksville, take US 64 to Altus. Drive through the Arkansas River Valley where rich soil lends itself to generations-old vineyards producing award-winning wines. Continue on to Ozark to start your journey on the world-renowned AR 23. 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 20

the junction of AR 16 – that comprises the famous ride, which continues to rank among the best rides in the nation. There are two competing explanations for how the Pig Trail got its name. The first is that since this portion of AR 23 was part of a popular back-road route into Fayetteville for University of Arkansas Razorback football games, it was therefore dubbed the Pig Trail. The other explanation is simply that the road is as twisty as the tail of a wild hog. Regardless, the Pig Trail has become synonymous with coiling pavement and breathtaking scenery, often running through deep tunnels of overhanging trees. The ride from Brashears through Huntsville to Eureka Springs is still very twisty and winds through beautiful landscapes. The flora along the entire route is lush and thick, and you’ll often run along ridges and beneath the cliffs of rugged Ozarks terrain.


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olling 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. 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. 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 rusticstyle 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. 22

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. 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. 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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FORT SMITH TROLLEY MUSEUM, FORT SMITH

View four of the original 58 Fort Smith streetcars and several old steam engines. Trolley rides daily.

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A local favorite for its country fare, fresh cinnamon rolls and homemade cookies.

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An eclectic mix of fantastic scenery, world-class art and plenty of curves

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ocated 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.”

and other cities throughout the area.

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.

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 18mile 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.

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 26

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.


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Combines the beauty of nature with the Mansfield power of art. Indoor and outdoor art and architecture as well as nature trails and 28 bicycle paths. Free admission to view 80 permanent collections. There may be a fee Waldron for viewing special exhibitions. CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART,

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AR 7 NEAR JASPER

JASPER DISASTER

Excitement around every turn and switchback – rural roads at their best

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his is one outstanding short route with the scenery and adventure a rider should expect from the Ozarks. There is excitement around every corner on this loop; every segment has a different personality and will not fail to please. For this ride, travel north on AR 7 toward Harrison, though you won’t go all the way into town. The stretch from Jasper to AR 206 is filled with snaky curves and beautiful scenery. Try not to get too awed with this portion of the ride, because it only gets better. 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. It runs

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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. AR 74 from Ponca to Jasper is a fantastic way to finish off this ride. The first two miles out of Ponca rise over 650 feet in vertical elevation from the Buffalo and are switchback after switchback, followed by 12 miles of backwoods Ozarks scenery with equally tight curves. Ponca to Jasper is technically challenging and filled with the scenic beauty that can only be found in Arkansas.


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AR 7 NEAR BERGMAN

PEEL FERRY ROUTE

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he 33 miles north on US 65 from Harrison to Branson, Missouri, are mostly rolling, scenic landscapes with broad horizons; however, the four-lane roadway makes it a fairly pedestrian ride.

the Peel Ferry. As you wait for the ferry, you will probably encounter other riders in the queue.

MO 76 – better known as “the Strip” – descends into historic Branson and Branson Landing on Lake Taneycomo. Traffic is sometimes heavy but lightens quickly as you escape downtown going east on MO 76.

This is the last ferry plying the waters of any lake or river in Arkansas and is a vital link for the area. It will probably be around for the foreseeable future, much to the delight of riders. It runs daylight hours year-round.

US 160 to MO 125 is an easy, pleasant ride, primarily through a wooded landscape with some tight curves in spots. It runs through rolling hills across the top of the Ozark plateau.

After crossing the lake, AR 125 winds its way along highland ridges, offering beautiful glimpses of the lake.

MO 125 is less winding and also narrower than US 160. It’s also less forested, with more farms and lake-area development. At the AR/MO state line, it becomes AR 125 and crosses Bull Shoals Lake on 42

The two-mile trip takes about 20 minutes. And if you miss the boat, just relax and embrace the wait. You will enjoy this leisurely trip across Bull Shoals.

AR 14 is very twisty but with more development than AR 125. It’s a nice look at rural life in the Ozarks. AR 7 down to Harrison is less forested and gradually becomes more urban as it nears town.


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OZARK MOONSHINE RUN

Stunning scenery combined with fun rideability ... the Ozarks are calling

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egin this ride in Jasper traveling south on AR 7 through the Ozark backcountry to AR 374. 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. 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 and through the gorgeous Boxley Valley. AR 43 begins at AR 21 and continues to Arkansas’s

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elk center, Ponca. Be on the lookout for members of the local elk herd. Out of Ponca, AR 43 scrambles up out of the Boxley Valley for the second 1,000-foot climb on this ride, this time over Gaither Mountain. Forests give way to more populated farmland approaching Harrison. At the end of this stretch, you will arrive in Harrison, a biker-friendly destination that makes a great stopover or overnighter with hotels and restaurants, as well as additional motorcycling rides in the area. From Harrison, AR 7 winds its way back to Jasper, once again taking the rider along ridges and over mountains with dense forests. All this scenic beauty is tied up with a twisty ribbon of pavement that crosses the iconic Buffalo National River at Pruitt Landing. This moderate-length loop is truly a remarkable tour of the heart of the Ozarks.


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ARKANSAS'S GRAND CANYON

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his 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

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community known as Fallsville – not the best name for riders – but a great spot to stop and rest for a while, nonetheless. Also of particular note on AR 21 and AR 43 is the 16-mile-long Boxley Valley along the upper Buffalo National River, arguably the most beautiful natural area in Arkansas. Elk were reintroduced to the valley several years ago, and there are elk-viewing areas along AR 43 on the way to Ponca. The elk are magnificent to look at, but a possible hazard to riders. Be watchful. 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 11.


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Fine lodging and casual, organic dining16 on AR 7.

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An exceptional view of Arkansas’s Grand Canyon. Restaurant, gift shop and lodging.

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An Arkansas original since 1980 at the Conway location. Famous for cheese dip, 23 homemade pie and the Stoby sandwich.

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Located in the heart of some of the state’s finest mountain scenery — the upper “Y” City Buffalo National River and its surrounding wilderness. Features a lodge, cabins, canoe and kayak rentals, zip line canopy tour, hiking, fishing and elk watching.

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AR 309

MOUNT MAGAZINE WINE COUNTRY LOOP Twisty switchbacks, tight curves and huge changes in elevation

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his 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

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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. All together the elevation changes add up to over 4,300 feet. The state park atop Mount Magazine features an impressive lodge and cabins with accommodations as magnificent as the scenic views. The other three legs of this loop are nice routes through the Arkansas River Valley and the Petit Jean Valley. These roads are scenic and run through a combination of farms and woodlands. While not as technically challenging, this stretch is pleasant and relaxing.


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HARRISON TO EUREKA SPRINGS BACK ROADS RUN Some of the best riding in the Ozarks with drop-dead gorgeous landscapes

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his 159-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 state lines, in this case, Arkansas and Missouri. AR 21 south leads to Berryville, home of the Saunders Memorial Museum, containing a world-class 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 sinuous stretch of pavement, and Carroll

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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 Eureka Springs through Huntsville lives up to its well-earned reputation. Four miles south of Huntsville, AR 23 intersects 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 can be spotted year-round, especially in the fall. This area has some of the best riding in the Ozarks. At Boxley, AR 43 courses its way to north Ponca then meanders back to Harrison concluding this wonderful back roads adventure.


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THORNCROWN CHAPEL, EUREKA SPRINGS

CAVENDER’S STOREFRONT, HARRISON

Famous all-purpose Greek seasoning headquartered in the Ozarks with its storefront location in downtown Harrison.

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ALPENA CHAINSAW ART, ALPENA

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COSMIC CAVERNS, BERRYVILLE

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

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THORNCROWN CHAPEL, EUREKA SPRINGS

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CHRIST OF THE OZARKS, EUREKA SPRINGS

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CATHOUSE LOUNGE, EUREKA SPRINGS

Old filling station with gas pumps and vintage signs, popcorn and peanut wagon, and other nostalgia from the 30s to the 60s. Hosts annual car show. One of the best cave412 tours in the country, and one of Arkansas’s most beautiful natural attractions. Two “bottomless lakes” and a ninefoot “soda straw” formed from calcium-rich dripping water are hallmarks of the cave.

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.

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. Biker-friendly pub and inn.

ARKANSAS WELCOME CENTER, HARRISON

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AR 327

TWISTED LADY

Where fascinating folklore twists and turns as much as the ride

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he 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Frank James lived a quiet life

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.

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.

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Great breakfast, lunch and dinner spot with all of your diner favorites plus fast service from a friendly wait staff.

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Serving burgers, breakfast and milkshakes, this Americana-filled hangout also has weekly live music.

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Historic downtown hotel with Spanish themed architecture. Restaurant and bar. Covered parking for motorcycles.

A 130-foot-long, 20-foot-wide natural quartz sandstone arch. Features picnic facilities and a short looping trail to the arch.

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GAITHER MOUNTAIN OVERLOOK, Altus NEAR HARRISON

Five miles from Harrison, the overlook is on the left side of AR 43 and one of the best views of the area.

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ARKANSAS SCENIC 7 BYWAY

This nationally recognized treasure traverses the entire state

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rkansas 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.

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.

Together, the Ozarks and the Ouachitas make up the Interior Highlands, one of few mountainous regions 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.

Scenic AR 7 then goes through the oldest protected area in the national parks system, 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.

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. 56

Once the highway has carved its way through the Ouachitas’ rounded mountain peaks and cleared Arkadelphia, it gradually gets straighter and wider as it passes through a gently rolling landscape of lush, piney hills that stretch all the way to Louisiana.


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DIAMOND RUN SIDE TRIP TO HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK

A winding journey where the legends are as fantastic as the views

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his 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 of Alamo hero Jim Bowie’s famous blade.

are many resorts for overnight stays and marinas for fishing 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 on Central Avenue 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 reallife model for their make-believe world.

From Hot Springs, this route takes you along Lake Hamilton and Lake Ouachita, where there 60

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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7 64 Alma SQZBX, HOT SPRINGS 84 Glenwood W Van Buren Fort H 333 onsite at the Eighteen holes of golf with lodging Daisy StateSmith ParkBrand new brewery and pizza joint in downtown 540 HotKirby Springs. Greens Lodge (sleeps 17 and includes a round 46 8 Charleston 0 Paris ofSubiaco Pine Bluff golf each day). Russellville 2 BURL’S COUNTRY 22 SMOKEHOUSE, ROYAL 229 BONNERDALE, LAKE 23 5 BUBBA BREW’S, A27roadside tradition with excellent smoked Greenwood 4 Arkadelphia 7 Murfreesboro meats10 and cheeses. Dardanelle HAMILTON AND HOT SPRINGS Crater of Diamonds 10 Booneville Biker-friendly sports pubs in Bonnerdale and on 79 State Park 3 WEGNER CRYSTAL MINES, MOUNT IDA 154 67 71 Lake Hamilton 8 and a new restaurant and tavern Crystal and rock mining in the23Ouachitas with Rison in Hot Springs National Park. e five diggingMansfield adventures to 30 choose from. 10 1 Danville Ola 278 371 7 8

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35 SIDE TRIP TO HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK 24 History buffs will enjoy Historic Washington State Park, south of Nashville on US 278. 7 It’s here 9 that Jim Bowie had his famous knife made by blacksmith James Black. Eat at the re-created 8 Williams’ Tavern Restaurant. Interpretive programs and tours daily. 274

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TALIMENA NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

Challenging curves with expansive views that are gorgeous year-round

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he Ouachita Mountains are true mountains in that they are uplifted folds between continental plates. Interestingly, the Ouachitas run east-west instead of northsouth, 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, US 71 begins to climb back to higher elevations. At Waldron, 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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MENA DEPOT, MENA

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

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ESSO GAS STATION, MENA

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AR 239 ALONG MILLWOOD LAKE BETWEEN ASHDOWN AND SARATOGA

RIDE THE NOTCH SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS TOUR

Showcases the true flavor of life in the timberlands of southwest Arkansas

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exarkana 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

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highways, showcasing the true flavor of life in the timberlands of southwest Arkansas. Here you’ll find both winding and straight-as-anarrow 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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The only U.S. Post Office that straddles a state line, it has a “photo island” where you can take a selfie while standing in two states.

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TEXARKANA REGIONAL ARTS CENTER, TEXARKANA

Housed in a former 1909 US Federal Courthouse with exhibits in three galleries.

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MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, TEXARKANA

Featured in the movie “Walk the Line,” this historic art deco building houses a famous theater that still presents concerts and stage productions, city offices, the fire department, a small jail and a museum with artifacts and photos documenting the stars that have played there including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and, of course, Johnny Cash.

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From beautiful vistas to big-city amenities, power your way through it all in a Twice as Nice Texarkana day. Ride the Line in Downtown Texarkana as you drive in two states at one time. Take the Discover Texarkana Driving Tour, visit the Tex-Ark Antique Auto Museum, experience the newly redesigned Scott Joplin Mural and more. Then experience hundreds of miles of nature’s beauty, all within hours. Grab some great food at a variety of restaurants, watch a ball game, and spend the evening to see a sunset over a lake or rise early and watch the sunrise. Either way, it’s “Twice As Nice!”

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AR 53 ALONG LAKE ERLING NEAR WALKER CREEK

SOUTHWEST TRAIL CLINTON BIRTHPLACE A blissful journey through vast forests and flat, fertile farmland

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exarkana 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. The ride continues back to Magnolia, where

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a quaint courthouse square offers dining and numerous shops. The Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak CookOff draws thousands of visitors here each May. A few miles up US 79 lies McNeil and Logoly State Park, which features six group tent sites, a bathhouse, pavilion, picnic sites, trails and a new LEED-certified visitor center. 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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AR 24 NEAR CAMDEN

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A winding expedition through the heart of Arkansas’s timberland

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his 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 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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Hot Sterling Price Occupied by Confederate General Springs then Union General Frederick Steele during the Village Red River Campaign of the Civil War. 5Bullet holes and damage by cannon fire can still be 70 Hothome. Springs seen in the Open for tours. 270

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Native American, Civil War, railroad and Nevada County historic memorabilia in a restored 1911 railroad depot.

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the short side trip on AR 268 to Buffalo Point Park.

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.

This route will definitely scratch the itch motorcyclists have for either sport riding or scenic cruising.

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 National River adds to its appeal. Be sure to take 80

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. 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.

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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GASTON’S WHITE RIVER RESORT, LAKEVIEW

OZARK FOLK CENTER STATE PARK, MOUNTAIN VIEW

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BULL SHOALS CAVERNS, BULL SHOALS

Offers guided tours of a limestone cave with underground river.

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BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERNS, FIFTY-SIX

Largest outfitter on the Buffalo National River with cabin rentals, canoe service, guided fishing trips and more. Only place to get fuel on this stretch of highway. Paved parking and cold drinks.

A spectacular cave, campground and park.

3 BIKERS OUTLET, MOUNTAIN HOME

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

7 BLACKSHEEP JOE’S SMOKEHOUSE GRILL,

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4 GASTON’S WHITE RIVER RESORT, LAKEVIEW

House-smoked meats and sausages served with homemade sides.

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he 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 and 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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KENDA DRIVE-IN, MARSHALL

The only year-round operating drive-in movie theater in Arkansas.

RATCHFORD BUFFALO FARMS, MARSHALL

A working buffalo ranch with retail shop selling naturally raised beef, buffalo and elk meat, snacks, honey, jams and jellies. Tours available with advance notice. Cabin for overnight stays.

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

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handcrafted ales and lagers in small batches. Tours available.

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his scenic ride begins in Little Rock, extends to Heber Springs and Greers Ferry, then circles back through Pinnacle Mountain State Park. US 67 is a fairly pedestrian run from Little Rock to Cabot, but, once you hit AR 5, the rest of the loop is a very enjoyable and relaxing ride. Take the scenic route from AR 5 north to AR 25 in Heber Springs. You will go through the town of Drasco and take AR 92. AR 92 continues past Greers Ferry Dam, the site of the last major public appearance of John F. Kennedy prior to his assassination. Kennedy dedicated the lake and dam on October 3, 1963, prior to his fateful trip to Dallas on November 22 of that year. A stop at the dam overlook is worth the time. AR 92 continues through the Ozarks, lined by pastures and dense woodlands. The road is winding and not technically difficult. At the junction with AR 16, you are in the Greers Ferry Lake area. The two highways cross the lake at a 84

spot aptly named The Narrows. From there, head west to AR 16 toward Fairfield Bay and continue west to Clinton. Take US 65 south to AR 114 and back to AR 92. Continue going south toward Morrilton and into the Arkansas River Valley. Just past Morrilton, you will continue onto AR 9 and cross over the Arkansas River. At Perry, AR 9 splits into AR 10. Pinnacle Mountain State Park is situated on AR 300 just off AR 10/Cantrell Road. Pinnacle Mountain’s lofty views make it a popular destination. AR 300 is a very winding route through the Ouachita foothills. Eastern AR 10 winds its way through heavy woodlands though it is still mostly flat. A vestigial 980-foot peak rises above the highway in the Arkansas River Valley. Before I-40, AR 10 was a primary route west from Little Rock to the Fort Smith area. But today, AR 10 is relegated to a higher purpose, at least for riders – a pleasant run along the Ouachita foothills and through the Petit Jean River Valley.


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ake 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 ridge line. 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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OAKLAWNDanville RACING & GAMING, HOT SPRINGS

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Arkansas’s first state park. Features classic CCC structures, including Mather 70Lodge; the iconic 95-foot 8 Cedar Falls; hiking trails; campsites and cabins, all from a Glenwood scenic mountaintop setting.

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SPRING RIVER| GREERS FERRY LAKE RIDE A scenic region steeped in hill culture and mountain music

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ost rivers start as a trickle up in the mountains, but the Spring River in northern Arkansas starts as a fullblown 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 a couple of miles on US 167 will connect you with the next segment of your ride, east on 88

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. This lake area offers numerous lodging and dining opportunities along with water-oriented recreational activities off your bike.


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167 English pub owned by an This is the real-deal Englishman who has lived in Hardy for six years.

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This Arkansas State Park is keeping the traditions and history of Ozarks lifestyle and music alive for all to enjoy and appreciate.

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THE RIVER CHEROKEE VILLAGE • HARDY • MAMMOTH SPRING

Whether you’re looking for a waterfront getaway, one-of-a-kind shopping and dining, Southern hospitality or the ultimate fishing spot, Spring River Country’s amenities and historic main streets nestled at the base of the Ozark Mountains make the perfect backdrop for your next vacation.

Discover

SPRING RIVER Country

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The early days of rock history are on display here. Dozens of legends frequented Highway 67 when rock ’n’ roll was in its infancy. Photos and memorabilia tell stories from clubs and juke joints where musical pioneers such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Sonny Burgess, Jerry Lee Lewis and more performed. Learn more at arkansasrocknrollhighway67museum.com 2nd & Hazel Streets | Newport, AR | 870.523.3618

Ad paid for in part with state and private Ozark Gateway Region funds.

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The Hidden Gem of Northeast Arkansas

Where the Ozarks Begin

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cosmic cavern • Two Lakes • Rock Shop • Gemstone Panning • Motorcycle Parking 6386 Highway 21 North Berryville, AR 72616

Group Rates

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OPEN ALL YEAR

NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS IS PACKED

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An easygoing ride through Ozark foothills and rock ’n’ roll history

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erhaps 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.

Spring south 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 seventh 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 to match the rugged terrain. Notably, it goes through Evening Shade, namesake of the ’90s Burt Reynolds TV sitcom “Evening Shade.”

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At the town of Imboden, the road has mostly straightened out as you approach the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge area. US 67 from there to the White River port town of Newport could have been laid out using a straight-edge ruler.


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FIVE RIVERS RUMBLE

NEW!

A beautiful mix of hills and curves, nature and history

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he intrigue of the Five Rivers Rumble is the stories that come from this place. Visit the site of the capture of a Civil War general. Travel a section of the Trail of Tears. Ride through the Mark Twain National Forest. Cross over five different rivers. See the oldest residence in the state of Arkansas. Tour Davidsonville Historic State Park, site of Arkansas’s first courthouse. The route takes about half a day, accounting for a meal along the way, or a full day if you stop and spend some time at these points of interest. The Rumble begins in Pocahontas where you’ll find restaurants and a few places to stay like the upscale Lesmeister Guesthouse. Book a night in the Jeff Thompson suite, named after the Civil War general captured by Union troops just around the corner from this very establishment. Get a good night’s sleep before you start out on your adventure. Proceeding north from Pocahontas, travel through the German immigrant community of Engelberg, winding through the Ozark hills through the town of Maynard on an original

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portion of the Trail of Tears. You will then head north into Missouri and the small town of Doniphan. After cruising through this quaint location, the route enters the Mark Twain National Forest before passing the wonderful Crumpie’s Barbecue near Myrtle. Turning south, back into Arkansas, just outside of Dalton, the route passes the fully restored Rice-Upshaw House, an 1828 log cabin that’s the oldest dwelling in Arkansas. The road then takes you through Ravenden Springs, home to the beautiful Hall’s Creek Canyon, a popular hiking and camping area with a cave that served as the first school in Arkansas. Before returning to Pocahontas, the Rumble passes Davidsonville Historic State Park, site of the first courthouse in Arkansas. There are many places to stop, eat, gas up and enjoy the sights on this route, so take your time. In Pocahontas, pop into the visitor’s information center in the old train depot to pick up a free copy of 70 Things to See and Do In and Around Pocahontas to learn about the points of interest in town.


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POCAHONTAS NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT, POCAHONTAS

One of the best-preserved examples of Victorian-era architecture in Arkansas. Includes the beautifully restored 1873 courthouse, shopping, art gallery and restaurants as well as Arkansas’s oldest pharmacy and oldest barbershop.

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MAYNARD PIONEER MUSEUM AND PARK, MAYNARD

Demonstrates life in the Ozarks around the end of the nineteenth century, and the museum also preserves pictures, documents and artifacts of that time.

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After a Day of Riding Crowley’s Ridge

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Roll Your Thunder. Unwind Your Mind. Crowley’s Ridge Parkway offers a variety of plant species and an array of wildlife. Dramatic views abound where wildflowers proliferate from spring through fall. Visit natural and historical sites such as Chalk Bluff Natural Area, the St. Francis National Forest and Civil War battle sites.

The Great River Road parallels the mighty Mississippi as it takes you through charming towns and metropolitan cities. You’ll visit historic and cultural sites as you explore the history of Quapaw and Choctaw cultures, the quests of French explorers and African Americans’ struggle for freedom.

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AR 284 NEAR FORREST CITY

CROWLEY’S RIDGE PARKWAY NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

An easy journey across fertile plains and through lush timberland

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he Delta of the Mississippi River is a flat alluvial plain that lends itself to great row-crop farming in rich bottom lands.

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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DELTA MUSIC RIDE

A scenic tour through the stomping grounds of legendary musicians

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rkansas’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. 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, two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. King escaped but then remembered his guitar and risked his life to retrieve it. When he heard that the fight was over a woman named “Lucille,” he decided to name his guitar after her. Today, Twist is a mere dot on the map, but there is a historic marker placed on the site where the club once stood. The legacy of the blues also lives on at the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival held in Helena-West Helena in October. 104

A little-known fact is that The Beatles touched down on Arkansas soil on September 18, 1964, in Walnut Ridge. 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 by 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 is Newport, the birthplace of rockabilly guitarist Albert “Sonny” Burgess. Tyronza is home to the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, a good place to stop and stretch your legs.


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HWY 65 ALONG LAKE CHICOT NEAR LAKE VILLAGE

GREAT RIVER ROAD NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

A peaceful roll down the mighty Mississippi with great attractions

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ocated 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 Cafe. On your way through town, admire the Tudor-style buildings and stately homes. Continue on to the restored boyhood home of Johnny Cash in Dyess. 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 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 106

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 in Arkansas to house Japanese-Americans. 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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US 165 NEAR SCOTT

GRAND PRAIRIE LOOP

Farm fields and wooded wetlands dominate this relaxing ride

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or 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-wheelsays-hi-to-the-rear-tire, hairpin curve type of rides. It is a relaxing stretch when you need a bit of wind-in-your-face diversion.

other earthworks at this ceremonial site.

Along the Arkansas River on both sides, you will find oxbow lakes – those long, curving lakes left behind when a river changes course.

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 there at Craig’s Bar-BQue for some great small-town barbecue.

There are numerous small farming communities here, like Scott on US 165. It’s representative of the area close to the Arkansas River with swampy, thick cypress growth. South of Scott is another place of interest, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. Over 1,000 years ago, Native Americans built mounds and 110

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.

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

BAYOU BARTHOLOMEW ROHWER MEMORIAL LOOP

Tour two geographical regions straddling America’s longest bayou

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he 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 clearcutting 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

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timber and pastures cleared for cattle farming. 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 regions 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 MissouriPacific Railroad Depot housing the World War II Japanese-American Internment Museum.


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Clarendon ROHWER RELOCATION CENTER NATIONAL HISTORIC A collection of restaurants and shops housed LANDMARK, ROHWER in a quaint country village setting. Includes a sweet shop, bookstore, bakery, steak Marvell 5 ROHWER RELOCATION CENTER NATIONAL restaurant, catfish restaurant, barbecue England restaurant, jewelry store, taxidermist and more. HISTORIC LANDMARK, ROHWER Sister community to Jerome, both of which Stuttgart 2 CANE CREEK STATE PARK, STAR CITY served as Japanese-American relocation camps Located on Cane Creek Lake, the park has in World War II. campsites with restrooms and79 bathhouse; picnic 6 WORLD WAR II JAPANESE-AMERICAN sites; visitor center and gift shop; hiking trails; 15 INTERNMENT MUSEUM, MCGEHEE playground; screened pavilions; nature exhibits; Located inside a restored 1910 railroad depot, barrier-free fishing piers; and fishing boat, Ela it features an interpretive exhibit exploring White kayak and bicycle rentals. 165 the history of nearby Rohwer and Jerome, Hall 3 DESHA COUNTY MUSEUM, DUMAS DeWitt two towns where US Government internment Ten buildings re-create a typical south Arkansas camps housed more than 17,000 Japanesefarming community. uff Americans in the 1940s. After closing, Jerome briefly held German POWs. 4 MILLER’S MUD MILL, DUMAS Signature pieces of fine wheel-turned pottery by Gillett Gail Miller.

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AR 189 NEAR HAMBURG

HAMBURG HAUL

Wind through vast southern forests on lazy, sweeping curves

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here’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 kneedragging 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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Fayetteville

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Battle of Pea Ridge: March 6-8, 1862 2 Engagement at St. Charles: June 17, 1862 3 Action at Hill’s Plantation: July 7, 1862 4 Engagement at Cane Hill: November 28, 1862 5 Battle of Prairie Grove: December 7, 1862 6 Battle of Arkansas Post: January 9-11, 1863 7 Skirmish at Chalk Bluff: May 1-2, 1863 8 Battle of Helena: July 4, 1863 9 Action at Devil’s Backbone: Sept. 1, 1863 10 Engagement at Bayou Fourche: Sept. 10, 1863 11 Action at Pine Bluff: October 25, 1863 12 Engagement at Elkin’s Ferry: April 3-4, 1864 13 Skirmish at Prairie D’ Ane: April 9-14, 1864 14 Engagement at Poison Spring: April 18, 1864 15 Action at Marks’ Mills: April 25, 1864 16 Engagement at Jenkins’ Ferry: April 30, 1864 17 Engagement at Old River Lake: June 5-6, 1864 18 Little Rock Arsenal Historic Site: Little Rock 19 Old State House Historic Site: Little Rock 20 Mount Holly Cemetery: Little Rock 21 Confederate Capital of Arkansas: 1

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MAP LEGEND

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Major Battle

Minor Battle Historic Site

Historic Washington State Park

Ft. Lincoln Supply Depot: DeValls Bluff Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery: Cabot 24 Albert Pike’s School House: Van Buren 25 Drennen-Scott House: Van Buren 26 Old Military Road: Village Creek State Park

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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 Sulphur Springs Confederate Cemetery The Battle of Pine Bluff

Grant County Battle of Jenkins Ferry

Cleveland County Marks’ Mills Battle Site The Mount Elba Battlefield

Arkansas’ Land of Legends Travel Association 870-536-8742 • pbdowntown@sbcglobal.net ARLandofLegends.com This ad is paid for with a combination of state funds and Arkansas’ Land of Legends Travel Association funds.


KINGS RIVER OVERLOOK NEAR EUREKA SPRINGS

OFF THE TRACK AND INTO THE WOODS WITH CORY WEST

The Daytona Track Record Holder goes off-road on Froggy’s Moto Tours

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ory West is a fourth-generation motorcycle racer. His great-grandfather owned a bike shop in Fort Smith in the 1940s, selling and servicing Triumphs, Harleys and Schwinn bicycles. West started riding when he was 4 with his father, and, by the age of 16, acquired his racing license. His earliest win was beating his dad to the local breakfast spot, but his professional wins would soon mount. In 2004, he was named the AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year and his most recent achievement is the Daytona International Speedway Motorcycle Track Record Holder at 203 mph. He has raced in England, Spain and China but has spent most of his life and career right here in Arkansas. “I like to get people off-road; that’s where the cool stuff is,” West says. A year ago, he started Froggy’s Moto Tours in Eureka Springs, an

idea that came from a motorcycle trip in Costa Rica. He recalls the experience – the guide got them lost – and on the flight home he thought he could do something similar (and better) in Northwest Arkansas. West has built a small fleet of dual sport bikes and describes his favorite Ozark route runs north to south along the Kings River and through the Madison County Wildlife Management Area. His customers are mostly out-of-state visitors looking for a mix of easy cruising and challenging riding. “I take people back into the most scenic spots – waterfalls, lookouts, things you can’t see from your car – this is where the true beauty of Arkansas is,” he says. To learn more, visit FroggyMoto.com or call 479-308-8598. 119


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Hot Springs

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Hampton

McGehee Dermott

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Star City

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St. Charles

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Clarksville

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Melbourne

Mountain View

Fairfield Bay

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Wiederkehr Village

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Pelsor

Oark

Mountainburg

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Jasper

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Norfork Calico Rock

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Cherokee Village

Mountain Home

Yellville

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West Fork

Natural Dam

Flippin

Maynard

Salem

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Alpena

Harrison

Fayetteville

Prairie Grove

Lakeview

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Springdale

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Mammoth Spring

Berryville

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.


DUAL-SPORT ROUTES

Corning Rector

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Paragould

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Jonesboro

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MAP LEGEND Arkansas Welcome Center National Forest Area Interstate Highway U.S. Highway State Highway Rock ’N’ Roll Highway

Arkansas features a segment of the Trans-America Trail, an epic 5,000 mile dual-sport motorcycle adventure across America that starts in North Carolina and ends in Oregon. It primarily follows dirt and gravel forest and farm roads, sometimes dropping down into dried-up creek beds or up along abandoned railroad grades. It’s a challenging journey that takes a thirst for adventure and a special love of motorcycling. Go to TransAmTrail.com for maps, roll-charts and GPS tracks.

ROUTE TERRAIN ICONS

Look for these icons on each route map; they identify what type of road terrain you can expect.

MOUNTAINS

Lots of switchbacks and steep grades that require lower speeds.

DELTA PLAINS

Primarily flat with a mix of open plains and forested lowlands.

FOR ROAD CONDITIONS, CALL 1-800-245-1672 OR VISIT:

WATER CROSSING NEAR FIFTY-SIX

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NEAR CASS AND WHITE ROCK MOUNTAIN

NATURAL DAM TO BOXLEY VALLEY

A twisting, challenging ride across the Ozark National Forest

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he 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 mountainous 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

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is 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.


156 Miles

251 Kilometers

8:22 Ride Time

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO: 1

OARK GENERAL STORE, OARK

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WHITAKER POINT, BOXLEY

3

PONCA

OARK GENERAL STORE, OARK

The oldest continuously operated general store in Arkansas. Fuel, store, cafe and historic building. 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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Ideal headquarters for adventure on the 187 Upper Buffalo National River. Cabins, BEAVER LAKE Eureka Springs canoe rentals, guided fishing trips, Rogers WHITAKER POINT, BOXLEY horseback riding, zip-lining and more.

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Cove Creek City Rd. Crossing

N. Lee Creek Rd.

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State Park

Bowles Gap Rd. Hurricane Creek Rd.

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FS 1410

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CR 5051/ FS 1504

Morgan 16 Mtn. Rd. (CR 4460) White Rock Mtn. Rd. Fly Gap Rd.

Winfrey Valley Cutoff Bidville Rd.

Shepherd Spring Lake Rd.

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NEAR LAKE SYLVIA AND LAKE WINONA

PARIS TO LAKE SYLVIA

An epic journey over Arkansas’s tallest mountain

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Road/CR 33/FS 18. A winding CR 33/FS 18 leads 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 Road, 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 Road just past Lake Winona, where you turn north (left) toward Lake Sylvia. This will be the most difficult section of the ride. Reform Road 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.

his 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 Road. 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.

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At the intersection of AR 307, turn south onto Straight Rock Road. Follow CR 1 south as it winds its way toward Chula Road/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, which becomes Gladstone Forest. 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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HANG GLIDING AT MOUNT MAGAZINE STATE PARK, PARIS

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BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, HAVANA

Located in the shadow of Mount Magazine. Campgrounds, fishery, Oark boating, swimming and water sports.

LAKE SYLVIA RECREATION AREA, PERRYVILLE

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CR 503

Cheyenne Rd./ CR 33/FS 18

Gravelly

10 mi.| 16.1 km.

Lake Dardanelle State Park

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Greenbench Rd.

Mount Magazine State Park 1 10 Piney Rd./ BLUE 2 MOUNTAIN LAKE

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LAKE DARDANELLE

Paris

Robert Hill Rd.

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103 Picturesque 18-acre lake with camping, swimming, Ozark picnicking and fishing areas. Trails and camping areas available.

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Boxley

MOUNT MAGAZINE STATE PARK, PARIS

Russellville 27

Dardanelle

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27

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CR 28/ FS 18

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NIMROD LAKE

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Straight Rock Rd./CR 1

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Aly 27

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Waveland 309

Yellville

Gladstone Forest Rd./ CR 5/FR 11

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Petit Jean State Park 10

Perry

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Perryville 9

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Winona Scenic Drive/ CO 57/ FR 152 FR 132

LAKE WINONA

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LAKE OUACHITA

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS RIDE

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estled 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 leads to AR 246. Travel east then turn left onto Shady Lake Road toward the entrance of Shady Lake Recreation 126

Area. 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 Recreation Area as you climb to the top of Crystal Mountain. Continue down the mountain where the route turns east onto  NF177 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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Fly Gap Rd.

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CR 5040

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7:30 Ride Time

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PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO: Van Buren

LITTLE MISSOURI FALLS OFF MINE CREEK ROAD, NORMAN

Charleston with camping, fishing, hiking, water activities and22 other recreational facilities.

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Subiaco

LITTLE MISSOURI FALLS, NORMAN 23 Greenwood

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309

Robert Hill Rd. A beautiful stairstep fall in a deep gorge. Greenbench Rd. There is a parking area with restrooms and a 10 trail leading to observation sites. Flow is best Piney Rd. during winter and spring.

Booneville

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Free outdoor live music performances of bluegrass, folk, gospel and country every Saturday night May through October.

SHADY LAKE RECREATION AREA, MENA

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park

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Turner Creek Rd.

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Robertson Creek Rd.

Ouachita National Forest

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NF 172 CR 70

Mena CR 63

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CR 68

Mount Ida 27

Mine Creek Rd. CR 81

Norman

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CR 601

LAKE OUACHITA

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Logan Womble Crystal Gap Silver Rd. Park Rd.

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OZARK NATIONAL FOREST RIDE Tight, twisting, extremely rough but rewarding

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he 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 FiftySix, home to Blanchard Springs Caverns, a must-

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see site along this route. The 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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6:00 Ride Time

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Jasper

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Ouachita National Root Forest

BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER

GRAVITY BREWWORKS, BIG FLAT

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CALICO ROCK

Small batch breweryMarshall and tasting room with tours available. 27 The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with shops, restaurants and a farmer’s market. 16 The East Calico District is America’s only ghost town inside of an existing community.

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A world-famous fishing stream, the White River is also an excellent waterway for canoeing and kayaking. Cabins and 27 campsites are located along the river.

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Conway

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Reform Rd.

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OZARK FOLK CENTER STATE PARK, Perryville MOUNTAIN VIEW

Preserving Ozark folkways, this state park 9 and workshops in offers demonstrations FR 152 pioneer arts, crafts, music and gardening 10 with lodging and dining on-site. FR 132

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GREERS FERRY LAKE

SYLAMORE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, FIFTY-SIX

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5 Bear Rd. / CR 26 CR Sandy Flat Rd. / CR 26 145 9 3 14 Big 5 4 Fifty-Six 14 Allison Flat Mitchell Ozark Folk Old 263 Rd. Center Grove State Park Loop 6 66 14 Mountain View 263 5 Sunnyland Rd. / CR 206 9 Hanover Sunny Racket Rd. / CR 21 Ridge Rd. / Fox Rd. / CR 200 CR 16 263

Contains 640 acres for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding with fishing 9 and camping on three small lakes and many streams, plus hunting for deer, turkey and waterfowl. Russellville 5

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PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO:

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North Pinnacle HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN CALICO ROCK Mountain Little State Park Sherwood

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POCAHONTAS TO POWHATAN

Wind through the mountains crossing creeks and watching wildlife

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his 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 chain in Arkansas, and it still makes a great pit stop. Just after crossing the river, the road becomes Valley Chapel Road and continues to the old Valley Chapel Church, eventually intersecting with Hall Road, which leads to AR 90. From there, head west to Ravenden Springs to Upper Janes Creek Road. The route turns west and follows the valley north into the mountains where it leaves the pavement for crunchy terrain. Follow Upper Janes Creek Road to the intersection of Taylor Road. A short detour takes you back to Upper Janes Creek Road. Continue west toward the town of Wirth. From here, follow Wirth Road between the mountaintop meadows to Busch Run Road. Ride west to US 63 and north toward Mammoth Spring, named for Arkansas’s largest spring, a National Natural Landmark. From Mammoth Spring, turn on South Second Street from AR 9. Veer right onto Riverview Drive, then turn left onto North Fairview Road. Follow it south to Bayou Access Road. Be prepared to cross several small creeks as you continue south toward English Creek Road,

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all the way to Baker’s Ford Road, which takes you to 9 Mile Ridge Road. 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 Road 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 Road and continues south into the Harold Alexander WMA with opportunities for viewing wildlife. Rock Creek ends at AR 58, but continue south on Mill Creek Road just across the highway. Follow Mill Creek Road along the hollow to Strawberry River Road to Smithville. Just east of here on AR 117, turn south on Lawrence Road 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 Road/CR 316 and ride east into the Shirey Bay WMA. 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 113-mile route ends.


113 Miles

251 Kilometers

4:42 Ride Time

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO: 1

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POWHATAN HISTORIC STATE PARK, POWHATAN

MAMMOTH SPRING

A National Natural Landmark, Arkansas’s largest spring gushes an average of nine million gallons of water an hour, forms a 10acre 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 and offering a diverse menu of Southern-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

POWHATAN HISTORIC STATE PARK, POWHATAN

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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.

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CAROL’S LAKEVIEW RESTAURANT, CHEROKEE VILLAGE

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ELEVEN POINT RIVER

Upper Janes Creek Rd. Valley Chapel Rd.

9 Mile Ridge Rd.

412

3

2

Hardy

9

354

STRAWBERRY RIVER

56 167

10 mi.| 16.1 km.

14

115 62

Hall Rd. Blacks Ferry Rd.

SPRING RIVER

412

Pocahontas 166

Mill Creek Rd.

56

90

90

Rock Creek Rd.

342

MISSOURI ARKANSAS

Wirth Rd.

63 Busch Run Rd.

Cherokee Village 412

Mammoth Spring

ARKANSAS WELCOME CENTER, MAMMOTH SPRING

CURRENT RIVER

BLACK RIVER

67

Strawberry 115 Old Davidsonville River Rd. State Park Lake Lawrence Rd. Charles Powhatan State 58 Powhatan Historic 117 Park 4 State Park 412 Smithville CR 280 River Rd. 25 Walnut Ridge CR 273 (CR 301) CR 279 63 CR 309 115 CR 281 CR 317 67 230 STRAWBERRY Game and RIVER Fish Rd. (CR 316)

230

25

BLACK RIVER

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STORM CREEK ROAD IN THE ST. FRANCIS NATIONAL FOREST

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A mix of remote roads, interesting sites and fantastic state parks

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.

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entrance to the museum state park. The nearby national memorial commemorates Arkansas’s first European settlement.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Here you’ll find the 132

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 toward Marvell. At Marvell, turn east on US 49 toward Helena-West Helena.


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Marianna

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176 Miles DeValls Bluff

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283.4 Kilometers

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121 St. Francis National Turkey Forest

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HelenaWest Helena

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DESHA COUNTY COURTHOUSE, ARKANSAS CITY ARKANSAS POST NATIONAL MEMORIAL, GILLETT

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LEVON HELM MARKER, MARVELL

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DELTA CULTURAL CENTER, HELENA-WEST HELENA

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McGehee 4

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ARKANSAS

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CR 217 / St. Francis Scenic Byway

National Park Service site commemorates the first European settlement (1686) on the Lower Mississippi and Arkansas’s first territorial capital.

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293

CR 221

One of the oldest courthouses in the state. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gillett

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Storm Creek Rd. AR 242 AR 185

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO: 1

165

5

49

Mississippi River State Park CR 225 CR 239

Arkansas City MISSISSIPPI Levee Rd. / CR 403

5

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STATE PARK, MARIANNA

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

ARKANSAS WELCOME CENTER, HELENA-WEST HELENA

65 Lake Chicot State Park

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Lake Village

Levee Rd. / CR 403 Sunnyside Rd. / AR 142

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STATE PARK, MARIANNA 65

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17

Buffalo River Outfitters........... 140

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Newton County ...................................................... 37

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