Arkansas fly and ride


Natural Falls State Park - Wikipedia photo by Doug Wertman from Rogers, AR, USA [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Natural Falls State Park - Wikipedia photo by Doug Wertman from Rogers, AR, USA [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Northwest Arkansas is the perfect fly and ride. Allegiant Air and other airlines fly into Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (map point A) near Bentonville.  Rent your Harley-Davidson in Rogers just 15 miles away (map point B). There's great riding near Eureka Springs and Harrison (see below), and you can even catch a show in Branson, MO just 34 miles north of Harrison. View the larger map and directions. 

 

Want a quiet place to get away? Head 30 miles west of Springdale on US 412 to Natural Falls State Park with it's 77ft waterfall.  

 

Fly into northwest Arkansas 93 miles from Harrison, Arkansas
Fly into northwest Arkansas 93 miles from Harrison, Arkansas

 

I met Tony and his Street Glide in Harrison after flying into Northwest Regional near Bentonville. From there we headed south on Hwy 7 Scenic Byway, for Hot Springs. An overlook at Buffalo Canyon provided a spectacular, though hazy, view. Don't miss out on Hwy 43 to Ponca.

 

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Hot Springs National Park is located on scenic Hwy 7. Buckstaff Baths, built in 1912, is still operating, and yes, the water is very hot. The National Park Service maintains the buildings, and across the street from the bathhouse buildings are numerous shops and a parking garage.

 


Wednesday we headed west from Hot Springs to ride the Talimena Scenic Byway across western Arkansas into Oklahoma. It reminded us of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with frequent turnouts to enjoy the view. My camera even caught a black bear scampering across the road.

 


 

Other days we rode Hwy 23 - the Pig Trail, Hwy 309 up Mt. Magazine, Hwy 21 to Clarksville, and Hwy 43 to Ponca, where we looked down on the fog in the valley below. Elk can be seen along Hwy 43, which borders national park land. A few miles south of Ponca is the 2 mile hike on the Glory Hole Trail, to one of Arkansas' most famous waterfalls.