Route 9 296 Miles

Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway

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The apex of motorcycling in Arkansas

Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway is a nationally recognized riding treasure.

Scenic 7, as it’s called, traverses two sets of mountains - the Ozarks and the Ouachitas. Additionally, it runs across the Arkansas River Valley and the dense pine woodlands of the south Arkansas Coastal Plains. Together, the Ozarks and the Ouachitas make up the Interior Highlands, the only mountains between the Smokies and the Rockies. The Ozarks and the Ouachitas are separated by the Arkansas River Valley. The more ancient Ozarks are a high and deeply dissected plateau, while the younger Ouachitas are a true uplifted range.


Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway is born in the Ozarks in the northern part of the state on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake. It runs almost to Louisiana. About 10 miles south of Harrison, AR 7 becomes a tightly wound and challenging road, but still manageable by beginners. It remains that way until it climbs out of the Little Buffalo River Valley at Jasper. Once on top of the ridgeline, the curves broaden a bit, and the scenery remains top-tier. When AR 7 reaches Pelsor, it begins its inexorable descent into the Arkansas River Valley at Russellville.

The Arkansas River Valley is rich farmland with patches of woodlands. The valley is not extremely wide, and soon you will climb into the foothills of the Ouachitas. Unlike most other American mountain ranges, the folds of the Ouachitas run east-west. Pine trees become the more dominant tree, as opposed to the Ozarks’ mostly hardwood. Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway runs through the first national park, Hot Springs.

Roads in the Ouachitas are serpentine and carve their paths across the rounded peaks of the mountains. The Ouachitas eventually flatten into the pinewoods of the Coastal Plains. The highways there are mostly broad sweepers through dense pine woodlands. When it comes to motorcycling in Arkansas, this ride should be at the top of your list.

 

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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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