Don’t miss this 112-mile Eureka Springs motorcycle route
Perched on the northern end of AR 23, Eureka Springs is one of the premier motorcycling destinations in mid-America. In fact, the main Eureka Springs motorcycle thoroughfare, AR 23 is consistently ranked among the Top Ten Best Driving Roads in the country by national car and driving publications.
Start by heading south on AR 23 where you’ll encounter broad sweepers and gentle curves. It’s fun and and not technically difficult. Riders will enjoy a beautiful run through mostly wooded terrain dotted with pastureland. The scenery is uncluttered, wide open and lightly populated.
The AR 12 and AR 45 portion leading to Fayetteville is scenic plateau farmland, with frequent stands of thick woods. Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas, has wonderful restaurants and watering holes as well as the annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ. The Bikes, Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally has become one of the largest charity rallies in the world and is always a great time. Springdale, Bentonville and other cities throughout the Northwest Arkansas area have a lot to offer as well.
The scenery from Rogers to Gateway is nice, but the road is built for moving cars, not carving corners. That changes, though, just past Gateway where US 62 turns into a real dragon. Sport bike riders will enjoy this leg of the route.
This is a major entry route into Eureka Springs, so you'll find traffic sometimes a bit heavier than other roads, but it's still a fantastic 18-mile stretch in both rideability and scenery. Be prepared for very tight curves, as well as several haripins and switchbacks. Less-experienced riders need to be especially cautious since there are technically challenging stretches. Also, there may be traffic approaching in the opposite lane around that blind corner, so stay heads-up. Don't get distracted by the gorgeous Ozarks vistas and panoramas, and you'll safely finish up on of the best short rides in Arkansas.