On-Road: Route 8
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ROUTE #8: Mount Magazine Lodge is perfect for motorcycle getaways

This is one of the most enjoyable motorcycle rides Arkansas has to offer - a wonderful short loop circling where the Ozarks meet the Ouachita Mountains. The namesake for this ride - Mount Magazine - is the highest peak in Arkansas at 2,753 feet.

The Arkansas River carved out the valley to the north of the mountain, and the Petit Jean River sculpted the one to the south. The result is that this region has become one of the premier destinations in Arkansas.

It would be a disservice to describe the 10-mile ride up AR 309 to Mount Magazine from Havana as merely dragonesque and here’s why. Besides switchbacks and tight curves, there’s huge elevation change as riders cruise up and over this wonderful geological feature.


AR 309 at Havana starts out at an elevation of about 380 feet. The first mile is fairly pedestrian, but it soon reveals its wild side. By the time the road crests at Mount Magazine, it has risen out of the Petit Jean Valley over 2,200 feet above Havana. The ride up the mountainside is full of hairpins and tight curves often running through tunnels of heavy foliage.

From the peak, AR 309 continues winding back down to about 490 feet at Paris. Together, the total elevation change is over 4,300 feet. The state park atop Mount Magazine features an impressive lodge and cabins with upscale accommodations as magnificent as the scenic views - the perfect lodging for motorcycle getaways.

The other three legs of this loop are nice runs through the Arkansas River and Petit Jean Valleys. These roads are scenic routes which go through a combination of farms and woodlands. While not as technically challenging as some of the other motorcycle rides Arkansas has to offer, these roads are pleasant and relaxing.

 

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Bentonville BMW
13159 Wishing Springs Rd., Bentonville
Bigboar Powersports
2407 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers
Boat World
824 N. Main St., Harrison
DeVinney Motorsports
3323 N. Thompson St., Springdale
Extreme Sports
1013 Bennett Dr., Harrison
Freedom Powersports
2741 West Hudson Road , Rogers
Harrison Suzuki
219 N. Sycamore , Harrison
Heartland Honda
824 S. 48th St., Springdale
Honda of Russellville
220 Lake Front Drive, Russellville
Motovation Powersports
1205 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
Old Fort Harley-Davidson of Fort Smith
6304 South 36th Street, Fort Smith
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2409 Hudson Road, Rogers
Power Sports of Fort Smith
3731 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Rainbow Cycle and Marine
1100 Hudson Rd., Rogers
Rainbow Honda
808 SE 14th St., Bentonville
Road House Custom Cycles Inc.
15375 State Hwy. 22, Dardanelle
Rock Solid Powersports
4621 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Siloam Springs Cycles
1629 E. Main St., Siloam Springs
Suzuki Polaris of Russellville
120 East Parkway, Russellville
Valley Powersports
3215 E. Main Street , Russellville
Westark Yamaha
3109 Grand Ave. , Fort Smith
Wheeler Powersports
901 N. 11th Street, Fort Smith
Yamaha of Harrison
1429 Highway 65 N. , Harrison
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2047 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs

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