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RIDE THE REAL OZARKS 233 MILES • Hwys 160, 181, 14, 95, 76 125; Rtes PP, H

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Continue on Highway 95 to the junction of Highway 5. Turn right for a straight shot through Wasola, and take a left on Highway 95 when it resumes just north of Wasola. Highway 95 ends at Highway 160. If you’re ready to call it quits, turn left and go back to Theodosia. Want more? Turn right on Highway 160 and head into the hills. At Rueter, turn north onto Highway 125. This route takes you to the Hercules-Glade Wilderness Area. Proceed north on Highway 125 to the junction of Highway 76. Turn right on Highway 76 through the mountains to the town of Ava. Catch Highway 14 north-northwest through the Ozark foothills to Sparta. Take Highway 125 south out of Sparta and roll through Oldfield, Chadwick, Garrison, and Bradleyville. On the other side of Bradleyville, you’ll cross Highway 76 and re-trek some of the same road, this time going in the other direction. At Rueter, take Highway 160 east back into Theodosia and enjoy the real Ozarks.

COURTESY OF THEODOSIA

WHERE IN THE HELL is Theodosia? Amid picturesque views and encircled by forest, lakes, rivers, and caves, Theodosia is nestled right in the heart of the Ozarks. Full of twists and turns, this route takes you on a journey like no other in an area rich with history, beauty, and amazing fishing. In fact, Theodosia is the Bass Capital of Missouri. Take Highway 160 east, over the amazing ten-span bridge crossing Bull Shoals Lake, and on to Tecumseh. Just east of Gainesville, take Highway 181 north. While exploring the winding landscape of Highway 181, take the opportunity to experience a variety of unique stops throughout the area, including many mills where you can step into history. At the Caney Mountain Conservation Area, where the firs wildlife management plan was designed, you’ll find abundant wildlife and rugged landscape On Highway 181, north of Dora, catch Highway 14 to its junction with Highway 95 and turn left onto Highway 95.

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Ten-span bridge across Bull Shoals

2016 Missouri Life Motorcycle Guide  
2016 Missouri Life Motorcycle Guide