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Arkansas's Scenic Highways and Byways

Arkansas's Scenic Highways and Byways

Autumn colors and spring blossoms draw sightseers by the carloads for scenic drives across Arkansas. Here are a few popular routes:

  • Scenic Byway 7 takes travelers from the Louisiana state line through the piney woods of south Arkansas, the eastern Ouachita Mountains, across the Arkansas River Valley and through the Ozark Mountains to Bull Shoals Lake on the Missouri border.

  • State Highways 27, 23, 21 and 5 are popular north-south sightseeing venues in the Ozarks. Popular east-west routes crossing the Ozarks include state Highway 14, which begins in the Delta and ends at Table Rock Lake, and state Highway 16, from Searcy to Siloam Springs. Heading east out of Fayetteville before turning south, state Highways 16 and 23 combine to form the winding Pig Trail.

  • Crowley's Ridge Parkway - a National Scenic Byway - runs roughly the length of its namesake, Crowley's Ridge. It begins in the northeast corner at St. Francis and continues to its southern-most point in Helena.

  • Great River Road, also a National Scenic Byway, winds through the eastern part of the state from Blytheville in the northeast to Eudora in the southeast.

  • Interstate 540 is a newer highway that runs northward from Alma to the Missouri border. It offers views of undeveloped portions of the Ozark Mountains.

  • Interstate 530 runs south between Little Rock and Pine Bluff and offers brilliant colors in the spring and fall.

  • Talimena Scenic Drive winds for 54 miles along the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest. One breathtaking panorama follows another on this scenic byway between Mena and Talihina, Oklahoma.