Arkansas has many entertaining and scenic roads for bikers, including some real twisty affairs through the beautiful Ozark and Oachita Mountains. This state also has great roads for just cruising or for enjoying a day’s outing in Arkansas’s wine country.
State Route 23 is probably this state’s most popular ride with motorcyclists, especially the section known as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway. This section of road, which connects the town of Ozark with Brashears, is 19 miles of tantalizing twisties and switchbacks through thick tunnels of trees. Riders need to be very careful and not push their limits, as this road can be unforgiving with sheer drop-offs in some areas.
Highway 7, which is also known as Scenic Byway 7, travels the entire length of the state from Louisiana in the south to Missouri in the North. As it makes its way through the state, this 290-mile road travels through the Ozarks and Ouachita mountains, stream valleys and dense forests. This beautiful byway was named by Car and Driver Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten driving experiences. But Scenic Byway 7 is not just a pretty road. It also features lots of nice twisty and rolling sections, as well as elevation changes that serve to keep everything interesting.
The Talimena National Scenic Byway is another pretty motorcycle ride with some great elevation changes, long rolling sections, and sharp curves. This is a 55-mile ride through the Oachita National Forest that takes bikers across state lines from Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. This drive runs along the ridgeline of the mountains and provides beautiful vistas of the valleys below. Riders will especially enjoy this route during the fall when the hills are ablaze in colors.
Yet another one of Arkansas’s many beautiful roads is the Sylamore Scenic Byway, which is also known as Highway 14. This is a very scenic 57-mile route that cuts through the southeast corner of the Ozark National Forest. Riders can pick up this route in Calico Rock by taking Highway 5 to Highway 14. They will then stay on this road until it ends in Marshall.
Riders looking for a real technical ride with tight steep switchbacks should seek out Arkansas 155, which takes visitors up to Mt. Nebo State Park, a camping area popular with motorcyclists. This is a short, but sweet six-mile run to the top of Mt. Nebo, which rises to 1,350 feet above sea level and has gorgeous views of the Arkansas River Valley.
Highway 123 is another road for twisty lovers. Motorcyclists can reach this 15-mile road from a town called Lurton, which is located at the intersections of Highway 7 and Highway 123. From Lurton, a rider just needs to take Highway 123 north to Mt. Judea, where the fun soon begins. Route 123 is a technical road chockfull of tight switchbacks and curves. One indication that a biker is about to hit a craven bit of asphalt is a sign at the beginning of 123 that prohibits trucks, while also warning them with another sign that reads, “Impassable Hairpin Turns Ahead.” This is also a pretty ride but most riders never get the chance to take their eyes off the road to enjoy the scenery.
Arkansas riders can also look forward to a number of exciting motorcycle shows, rallies, races and events during the year. One of the state’s biggest rallies is the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally, which is held in Fayetteville, Arkansas in September. This event features live music and lots of great motorcycle-related activities. The promoter of this event is also hosting a sister rally in June, the Bikes, Babes and Bling Rally, which it is advertising as the first all-women’s rally.
Disclaimer: All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here. Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.
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