Scenic byways in the Ozark Mountains


 

Near the Mississippi River, the Ozarks are a great choice for a motorcycle getaway.  Late September and October there's great fall colors, and the Bikes, Blues & BBQ weekend, when an estimated 250,000 bikers arrive. There's lots of links below for you to check out.

 

277 miles including the Pig Trail on Hwy 23
277 miles including the Pig Trail on Hwy 23

From Benton, take Hwy 5 west to Hwy 7, then 150 miles north on Hwy 7 to Harrison. See a larger map with directions.  There are local loops from Harrison listed on their website. Harrison is a great place to find food and lodging. 

 

There's also nearby Hot Springs National Park, with it's historic bathhouses along Hwy 7 to the south.

 

From Eureka Springs, follow Hwy 23 south to Brashears and the 19 mile Pig Trail Scenic Byway, then past I-40. Make time to stop for some BBQ or fried food at the Red Hog Deli inside the I-40 Travel Center.  On US71 south of Waldren, head east on Hwy 28, then south on Hwy 27 to Hwy 8, which takes you to Arkadelphia. View the larger map and directions for this 277 mile route.

 



On Hwy 23, the Red Hog Deli at the I-40 Travel Center (above photos) is worth a stop. I visited twice, having the BBQ pork sandwich as well as the fried catfish filet. I haven't had good catfish like that in years! In addition to the deli, you can have a seat and a waitress will take your order off the menu.

 

Then you can head south on 23 and ride up Mt. Magazine on Hwy 309.

 

Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway

44 miles on Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway, east of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. See larger map with directions. We rode Hwy 309 on our trip to ride the Ozarks.

 

See more photos and details of our Sept 2013 trip on the Bentonville fly and ride page.

 


 

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Push Mountain Road - Arkansas 341

Arkansas Dragon

 

20 miles south of Harrison, Hwy 123 is known as the Arkansas Dragon. No trucks are allowed on this stretch of twisty, hairpin curves and it's best enjoyed by experienced riders. See map. Take a break at nearby Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area about 6 miles east on Hwy 16.

 

Push Mountain Road

 

Arkansas Hwy 341, aka Push Mountain Road, is another favorite road between Mountain Home and the Ozark Folk Center 

located near Mountain View.

See larger map with directions. Twelve miles east on Hwy 14 is Blanchard Springs Caverns, and the impressive "Ghost Room". 

 

Blanchard Springs Caverns "Ghost Room" by Eric Hunt - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ghost_Room.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ghost_Room.jpg
Blanchard Springs Caverns "Ghost Room" by Eric Hunt - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ghost_Room.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ghost_Room.jpg

 

Here's five routes beginning in Eureka Springs, Arkansas plus info on area food, lodging, events, and attractions. There are vacation home rentals, and area information on TripAdvisor.

 

Harrison Arkansas, just south of Branson, MO on US 65, has their own motorcycle info website along with a riding guide you can request. There's routes like the Twisted Lady, with 517 curves in 90 miles, three nearby caves to be explored, and who knew there was an Elk herd in Arkansas?

 

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has their own motorcycling page with plenty of info, a suggested rides page, a waterfalls page, and some tank maps in PDF format. (PDF takes a minute to open.) There's even a deals & coupons page.

Here are roads in Arkansas and Missouri, of different lengths, with maps. You can also purchase a scenic road trip map or Arkansas Atlas.

Here's another good site with maps, accomodations, food by region, and their PDF magazine.

 

If you're headed north, here's a nice ride NW of Springfield, MO einding at Fantastic Caverns. Click the map for Google directions.