On-Road: Route 22
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ROUTE #22: Wind along backroads motorcycle routes in the Arkansas delta

The Delta of the Mississippi River is a flat alluvial plain which lends itself to great farming in rich bottomlands.

There’s another feature within the Arkansas Delta that has an appeal to many riders seeking scenic backroad motorcycle routes and wanting a different riding experience - a rare geological landmark called Crowley’s Ridge.

Crowley’s Ridge is essentially a buildup of loess - windblown soils that accumulate and grow upwards in formations of 250-500 feet elevation above the often swampy areas of the Delta. It stretches for 150 miles, running roughly northeast-southwest. Many Delta towns in Arkansas were settled in areas along Crowley’s Ridge, which they often found to be more habitable. The top of the ridge is predominantly oak and hickory timberland, studded with a patchwork of farms.

Crowley’s Ridge Parkway Scenic Byway runs alongside the ridge, up across it, and in some places, down through the middle of it. For the rider who wants to get off the beaten path, there are numerous state highways and county roads crisscrossing the uplift. The best way to experience Crowley’s Ridge is to take the byway, a technically easy ride of winding and scenic roads.

Following the rider’s paradigm - that anywhere you go is more fun on two wheels than four - a ride down along Crowley’s Ridge is an enjoyable, uniquely Arkansas experience.

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Resources in the Region


Motorcycle Dealers

B & R Marine & Cycle Inc.
840 Batesville Blvd. , Batesville
Barton Power Sports
1901-2 E. Service Rd., West Memphis
Barton Powersports
105 West Parker Road, Jonesboro
Hoglands Yamaha Honda
2501 E. Kings Highway, Paragould
Honda of Forrest City
4240 N. Washington St., Forrest City
J T Motor Sports
105 W. Park Road, Jonesboro
Jonesboro Cycle and ATV
2800 Fair Park Blvd. , Jonesboro
Ozark Motorsports
73 CR842 Hwy. 62 East , Henderson
Sunrise Yamaha Motorsports
700 Truman Baker Drive, Searcy
Harley-Davidson of Jonesboro
4500 Oliver Street, Jonesboro

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