Route 8 162 Miles

Arkansas Grand Canyon
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One of The Natural State’s most scenic routes for motorcycles

This mid-length ride covers one of the finest loops in Arkansas and is best started in Jasper, heading south on AR 7. Vance Randolph once said about the Ozarks, “It’s not that the mountains are so high but that the valleys are so deep.” And that eloquently describes the huge vale south of Jasper running alongside AR 7, dubbed “The Arkansas Grand Canyon.”

One of the motorcycle destinations worth visiting on AR 7 is the Rotary Ann Overlook. It offers a beautiful 180-degree view of the Ozarks and was the first roadside park in Arkansas, dating back to the 1930s. AR 21 is a less recognized highway than others in the Ozarks. While Scenic 7 and AR 23 may get the press, AR 21 is equal to both those highly regarded roads when it comes to scenic routes for motorcycles.

At the junction of AR 16 and AR 21, there’s a tiny community known as Fallsville - not the best name for riders - but a great rest stop nonetheless. Also of particular note on AR 21 and AR 43 is the 16-mile-long Boxley Valley, headwaters for the Buffalo National River. These run the length of the Boxley Valley, which is arguably the most beautiful natural area in Arkansas. Elk were reintroduced to the valley several years ago, and there are roadside elk-viewing areas along AR 43 on the way to Ponca. The elk are magnificent to look at, but a possible hazard to riders. Be watchful.

AR 74 runs from the Buffalo National River at Ponca to Jasper. Like AR 21, AR 74 is very serpentine and runs through heavy forests all the way to Jasper. Sport bike riders will love the demanding hairpins running the first two miles out of the Buffalo on AR 74. Scenery and excitement level for this loop, on a scale of 1-10, is a definite 10 and easily ranks among America’s top motorcycle destinations.

 

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Motorcycle Dealers

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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