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MOTORCYCLE

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OZARKS Includes Maps & Directions of Local Routes & Scenic Areas of Interest

Ozarks • Buffalo River • Branson

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Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains

The Buffalo National River, America’s First National River, flows through Arkansas’ Ozark Mountain Region.

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Located eight miles south of Harrison on Scenic Hwy. 7, you can enjoy two H AMPTON I NN unique caves, Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome Caverns. Follow the path 121 Hwy. 43 E • 870-365-0505 HotelsHarrison.com of the first settlers to the area as a trained •guide escorts you on your tour.

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Held the 3rd weekend in August at Beacon Park just north of Harrison, the O ZARK M OUNTAIN I NN three-day festival brings in the top bluegrass talent and highlights the 1222 N. Main • 870-743-1949 music that made the Ozarks and mountain folk famous. Enjoy top band performances and private jam sessions throughout the festival.

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Ozark Moonshine Run 110 MILES WITH 662 SCENIC CURVES 3 HOURS, 45 MINUTES

Gasoline Locations: Harrison, Jasper, Mt. Judea, Deer, Ponca Attractions on the Route: Mystic Caverns, Old Dogpatch USA

Theme Park, Buffalo National River-Pruitt Landing, Hilary Jones Elk Education Center-Jasper, Emma’s Museum of Junk-Jasper, Jasper Historic Museum, Grand Canyon of the Ozarks Scenic Overlook, Sam’s Throne Scenic Overlook, Boxley Valley, Ozarks Elk Herd, Ponca Elk Education Center, Gaither Mountain Overlook

The Ozark Moonshine Run is without a doubt the most picturesque

route in the Ozarks. The route encompasses parts of Scenic Highway 7 and winds through the deepest parts of the Ozarks. Along the route you can expect to see magnificent views, ancient bluff lines, and possibily majestic elk grazing in their natural habitat. Parts of the route make you feel like you stepped back in time to a slower paced lifestyle. You will see many attractions along the way so take your time and enjoy the scenery but be careful of the many curves along this route. Some parts can be tricky and slightly dangerous.

Directions: Depart Harrison on Scenic AR Highway 7 South heading to

Jasper. Travel through Jasper on AR Highway 7 to AR Highway 374 East on your left. AR Highway 374 will join AR Highway 123 where you will turn right. Follow AR Highway 123 through Mt. Judea (pronounced Judy) until its intersection with AR Highway 7 North. AR Highway 123 splits, so be careful to follow the route leading to AR Highway 7 North. Follow AR Highway 7 North to the intersection with AR Highway 16 on your left. Highway 16 will take you through the communities of Deer, Nail and Swain. AR Highway 16 intersects with AR Highway 21 where you will travel north into Boxley Valley. Through the valley, be on the lookout for Elk that graze the fields and sometimes cross the highway. Follow AR Highway 21 to the intersection with AR Highway 43 North. AR Highway 43 North winds through Ponca back to Harrison.

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Bull Shoals Dam Route 100 MILES WITH 326 SCENIC CURVES 3 HOURS

Gasoline Locations: Harrison, Bellefonte, Bull Shoals, Gassville,

Flippin, Yellville

Attractions on the Route: Forrest L. Wood Sports Gallery, Ranger Bass Boats Factory, Bull Shoals Scenic Tower, Bull Shoals Dock & Marina, Bull Shoals Historic Museum, James Gaston Visitors Center, Bull Shoals Dam, Bull Shoals- White River State Park, Rainbow Arch Historic Bridge, Yellville Square Antique Stores

Dam route

The Bull Shoals Dam route takes you east from Harrison through

beautiful farm land, across Crooked Creek and the White River to Bull Shoals Lake where you will cross the 256-foot dam. The lake covers over 71,000 acres and is used by both boating and fishing enthusiasts. The route passes many attractions, including the Bull Shoals-White River State Park and the James Gaston Visitors Center where you can learn the history and ecology of the lake. Be sure to take a short side trip to Gaston’s White River Resort to do a little trout fishing or to enjoy the fabulous restaurant in a romantic setting overlooking the White River.

Directions: Depart Harrison following US Highway 412-65-62 south to Bellefonte. At Bellefonte, turn left onto US Highway 412-62 that goes to Yellville. Before arriving in Yellville, turn left on AR Highway 202 just past the uneven railroad tracks. AR Highway 202 will meet AR Highway 178 in Flippin where you will turn left to the city of Bull Shoals. Follow AR Highway 178 through Bull Shoals, across the Bull Shoals Dam and through Lakeview. Turn right onto AR Highway 126 to Gassville. At Gassville, turn right onto US Highway 412-62 back to Harrison. Follow the business routes through Flippin and Yellville to enjoy the quaint towns and attractions they offer.

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Peel Ferry Route 110 MILES WITH 378 SCENIC CURVES 3 HOURS, 30 MINUTES

Gasoline Locations: Harrison; Forsyth, MO; Branson, MO Attractions on the Route: Single lane bridges in Protem, MO on Highway 125, Branson, MO Entertainment, Branson Landing, Mark Twain National Forest, Peel Ferry crossing Bull Shoals Lake

If you haven’t experienced the Peel Ferry Route, you haven’t experienced the most unique route in the Ozarks. The Peel Ferry was developed when the White River was dammed to make Bull Shoals Lake. Bull Shoals Lake now covers AR Highway 125 leading into Missouri. To compensate for the road loss, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department created the ferry to transport vehicles across the lake into Missouri. There is no charge for the ferry ride. Just pull up to the landing, wait for the ferry to arrive (about every 20 minutes), and enjoy a ride across the lake. The route then takes you through a wonderful ride through the Missouri countryside before arriving in Forsyth, MO, and Branson, MO. Take a while to enjoy the many great shows in Branson before heading back to Harrison on U.S. 65.

Directions: The route will start by departing Harrison on Scenic Highway

7 North. Follow Highway 7 to Highway 14 East. Follow Highway 14 for a very short distance to Arkansas Highway 268 North. Highway 268 will meet with Arkansas Highway 125 where it will pass the Corps of Engineers Park to where it dead ends at the Peel Ferry crossing. Once on the Missouri side of the lake, continue traveling on Missouri Highway 125 to U.S. Highway 160 West, turn left. Highway 160 will meet up with Highway 76 West just east of Forsyth, MO. Take Highway 76 West through Branson to U.S. Highway 65 South in Branson. Enjoy Branson for awhile before heading south on U.S. Highway 65 to Harrison.

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Eureka Springs Backroads Route 132 MILES WITH 571 SCENIC CURVES 4 HOURS, 50 MINUTES

Gasoline Locations: Harrison, Huntsville, Eureka Springs, Berryville, Green Forest, Alpena Attractions on the Route: Buffalo National River, Boxley Valley Elk Herd, Ponca Elk Education Center, Withrow Springs State Park, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Quigley’s Castle, Pine Mountain Theater, Ozark Mountain Hoedown, Great Passion Play, Saunders Gun Museum Eureka Springs is a beautiful Victorian Village nestled in the Ozark Mountains. The city has a great downtown shopping district and many attractions such as the Great Passion Play and the Pine Mountain Jamboree. A great route has been developed to take the traveler through beautiful mountain scenery, rolling farmland and quaint little communities. Experience locations and roads like the Pig Trail, Kingston, Race Track Road, and Withrow Springs State Park. Enjoy the elk herds in Boxley Valley, the Elk Education Center in Ponca, and other unique attractions.

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Directions: Start in Harrison and travel Highway 43 South to Highway 21

North just south of Ponca. You will cruise through scenic Boxley Valley where the elk herd is visible most days. Many hiking trails are off this route as well. Follow Highway 21 North to Highway 74 West in Kingston. Highway 74 West will join with Highway 23 North just south of Huntsville. Detour through Withrow Springs State Park and enjoy the short cruise through the park. The park road is a straight shot through the park and comes out again on Highway 23 North. Take Highway 23 North, known as the Pig Trail, to Eureka Springs. Follow Highway 23 North where it will meet with Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs. After enjoying Eureka Springs, take Highway 62 East to Rockhouse Road in Eureka Springs. Rockhouse Road will meander through the countryside before meeting with AR Highway 221, known as Race Track Road. Take Highway 221 South to Berryville where it will meet with Highway 62 East. Follow Highway 62 East back to Harrison through Green Forest and Alpena.

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Jasper Disaster 56 MILES WITH 316 SCENIC CURVES 2 HOURS

Gasoline Locations: Harrison, Ponca, Jasper Attractions on the Route: Mystic Caverns, Old Dogpatch USA

Theme Park, Buffalo National River-Pruitt Landing, Hilary Jones Elk Education Center-Jasper, Emma’s Museum of Junk-Jasper, Boxley Valley, Ozarks Elk Herd, Ponca Elk Education Center, Gaither Mountain Overlook

Jasper

The Jasper Disaster has the name for good reason. Mile for mile,

this route is the curviest riding route. The route encompasses the most scenic section of Highway 7, follows Highway 74 over the mountains, and joins Highway 43 in Boxley Valley. The scenic beauty of this route is incredible with wonderful overlooks, massive drops in elevation, and many opportunities to see wildlife like deer, turkey, elk and eagles. Be sure to enjoy the Elk Education Centers along the route as well as Boxley Valley to view the elk herd.

Directions: Depart from Harrison on Scenic Highway 7 South to Jasper. Turn right on Highway 74 West and travel to Highway 43 North in Boxley Valley. Take Highway 43 North back to Harrison.

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Mountain View Run 168 MILES WITH 602 SCENIC CURVES 4 HOURS, 30 MINUTES

Gasoline Locations: Harrison, Yellville, Dilliard’s Country Store, Wild Bill’s Outfitters, Fifty-Six, Mountain View, Leslie, Marshall, Western Grove Attractions on the Route: Yellville Square Antique Stores, Wild Bill’s Outfitters Canoeing, Buffalo National River, Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View Shopping, Hurricane River Cave, Ozark Folk Center The Mountain View Run takes you down Arkansas Highway 14

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across the Buffalo National River through the Sylamore National Forest. The best attraction along this route is Blanchard Springs Caverns, which is incredible! The caverns are huge with three different tours to choose from when entering the cave. You start by taking an elevator down to the entrance. The cavern is managed by the U.S. Forestry Service. After visiting Blanchard Springs Caverns, continue on to Mountain View. It has a quaint and charming historic square with great shops and food. If visiting on a Friday or Saturday in the summer months, be sure to catch the live music on the square each of those nights.

Directions: Start in Harrison and travel U.S. Highway 412/62 East to Yellville. In Yellville, turn right on Arkansas Highway 14. Highway 14 East will take you through beautiful Ozarks scenery, past the Buffalo National River and through the Sylamore National Forest. Stay on Highway 14 East all the way to Mountain View. Once in Mountain View, enjoy the small-town charm and shopping on the square. From Highway 14 East, take Arkansas Highway 66 West to Leslie. At Leslie, take U.S. Highway 65 North to Harrison.

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Twisted Lady Route 90 MILES WITH 517 SCENIC CURVES 2 HOURS

Gasoline Locations: Harrison, Jasper, Deer, Ponca Attractions on the Route: Mystic Caverns, Old Dogpatch USA

Theme Park, Buffalo National River- Pruitt Landing, Hilary Jones Elk Education Center-Jasper, Emma’s Museum of Junk-Jasper, Parthenon Historic Country Store, Boxley Valley, Ozarks Elk Herd, Ponca Elk Education Center, Gaither Mountain Overlook

The Twisted Lady Route is named in honor of the famous outlaw Belle Starr who was known as “the Twisted Lady.” Belle used the old mountain trail that is now Highway 327 to visit her lover, Cole Younger, and his friends Jesse and Frank James, all illustrious outlaws. Frank James had a home in Newton County and one of their favorite haunts was Alum Cove located along Highway 327. Frank James’ grave is actually located in Snow Cemetery just off Highway 327. The gravestone reads, “Frank James Alias Joe Vaughn 1844-.“ Famous Baldknobber, Wash Middleton, AKA Wash Gibbs of “Shepherd of the Hills” fame was shot a few yards behind the Parthenon Store on July 4, 1888, by a U.S. Marshal for a killing in Missouri. It is rumored that Baldknobber gold is buried in the hills surrounding Parthenon. Come explore this beautiful route through the Ozarks and find out why it is so famous. You might be able to even find some of the famed Baldknobber gold! Directions: Depart from Harrison on Highway 7 South toward Jasper for

approximately 18 miles where you will take a right onto Highway 74 for 0.3 miles. You will then make a left onto Highway 327 and travel through the communities of Parthenon and Wayton. You will come out on Highway 16 where you will take a right and cruise through the communities of Deer, Nail and Swain. Take a right onto Highway 21 and travel north through Boxley Valley. You will take a right onto Highway 43 and it will take you through Ponca and back to Harrison.

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Attractions & Major Events A RK ANSAS H OT A IR B ALLOON S TATE C HAMPIONSHIP & B LUE S KY A RT F ESTIVAL 870-741-2659 • ArkansasBalloonFest.com

Held the second weekend in September in downtown Harrison, hot air balloons fill the skies over the Ozarks. Enjoy races, rides and competitions all weekend. Kids love to ride the tethered balloons!

B OONE C OUNTY H ERITAGE M USEUM 870-741-3312 • bchrs.org

Located in Harrison, the museum houses a wonderful collection of history on the Ozarks and Boone County. Learn about early pioneers and settlers to Arkansas and how they lived, view memorabilia about the North Arkansas Railroad that opened the Ozarks to outsiders, and view artifacts from major battles and conflicts.

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The Buffalo National River Park is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states offering both swift-running and placid stretches. The Buffalo National River encompasses 135 miles and has numerous trails, camping locations, canoeing, and outdoor activities. The entire park is open for exploration.

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Arkansas’ first zipline canopy tour! The guided tour introduces you to an Ozark hardwood forest canopy’s own bird, plant and animal life, as you glide safely from tree to tree. Approximately two hours of amazing “zips” featuring unforgettable vistas and wildlife.

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One of the most popular and adventurous activities in the Ozarks is canoeing or kayaking the Buffalo National River, the ideal way to see the real beauty of the river. A year-round sport, but the most popular time is April-October. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one from a licensed outfitter.

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If you enjoy crawfish and great music, then plan to attend this family friendly music festival in downtown Harrison. Held each year in May, Crawdad Days has become known all across the South as a top festival to attend. Enjoy food, music, eating contests, beer garden, and, of course, crawdad eating!

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Did you know there are wild elk in Arkansas? Just south of Harrison, the herd is estimated in the 700+ head range, grazing fields along the highways throughout Boxley Valley. The best viewing times are early morning or late afternoon. A great place to begin your search is the Ponca Elk Education Center.


Fall Colors

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the Ozarks comescenic alive with brilliant months. A relaxing Harrison drive onand Harrison’s many highways will color in the fall months. A relaxing drive on energize your visual senses. Maplewood Cemetery is a must see in Harrison with over 733Harrison’s mature maples spread throughout the grounds. many scenic highways will energize your Arkansas.com/fall has weekly statewide updates. visual senses. Maplewood Cemetery is a mustfall seefoliage in Harrison with over 733 mature maples spread throughout the grounds. Arkansas.com/fall has weekly statewide fall foliage2014 updates.Fire in the Sky -

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Remember your childhood days when there was always a family reunion atmosphere Begin your 4th of July celebrating our every 4th of July? The 2014 Fire in the Sky restores those memories. Spend time with independence with turtle kidsfamily bicycle eating contests, live music, great food, affordable kids races, play area, activities, parade, and a tribute from the Daughters of the American Revolution turtle races, kids bike parade. Enjoy family and friends all day or make new friends. around Harrison’s The Fireworks Tribute will take Fireworks will enddowntown the evening athistoric dusk atsquare. the FNB Soccer Complex. Come enjoy! place at the Anstaff Soccer Complex at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and arrive early to participate in a variety of fun festival contests.

Harvest Homecoming

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Located eight miles south of Harrison on Scenic Hwy. 7, you can enjoy two Hwy. 7, you can enjoy two unique caves, Mystic unique caves, Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome Caverns. Follow the path Caverns Crystalguide Domeescorts Caverns. path of the first settlers to the area asand a trained youFollow on yourthetour. of the first settlers to the area as a trained guide escorts you on your tour.

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Hiking Trails

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Riding the scenic twists and turns of Newton County? At Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca, you’ll find hearty sandwiches, cold sodas, hot coffee and clean restrooms. You can even top off your gas tank. Our 5,000-sq.ft. store also features Buffalo River biker tees and gifts, as well as a spacious, fully paved parking lot. Enjoy comforts for the journey. And pick up something to remember it by. All in one convenient, biker-friendly place! ins available. Bike-friendly rental cab

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The Motorcycle Riding Guide of the Ozarks includes maps and directions of local routes and scenic areas of interest.