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Find Delta scenery and a rockin’ motorcycle rally in Arkansas

Located on Arkansas’s eastern border along the Mississippi River, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway is a wonderful way to tour the Delta.

The Great River Road (GRR) is actually a misnomer because it’s not a single highway, but a series of state and US highways that follow the meanderings of the river and connect cities and small towns.

From Blytheville to Shives, the GRR is full of interesting places to explore, relating both to river history, great food and, of course, the blues.

The GRR rolls through farmland and to connect with the river is difficult, especially for road bikes. Numerous bridges span the mighty waterway.

Historically, blues joints were spread up and down the Mississippi. In the ’30s through the ’50s, West Memphis’ 8th Street was often referred to as Beale Street West.

Blues legend BB King was playing at a juke joint in Twist, Arkansas, when it caught fire. Two men fighting over a woman knocked over the stove and started the blaze. King rushed back in to save his guitar. The men were fighting over a woman named... “Lucille.”

Helena-West Helena is home to the King Biscuit Blues Festival and KFFA, the influential radio station that still broadcasts the blues program “King Biscuit Time.” It’s also the site of a treasured motorcycle rally in Arkansas - the Wild Hog Motorcycle Rally and Music Fest, held every April.

History takes a turn on AR 1 at Rohwer, the site of the Rohwer Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, one of two WWII-era internment camps built to house Japanese-Americans in Arkansas. The other is located in Jerome, approximately 30 miles to the southwest.

Located in Lake Village, Lakeport Plantation is the last remaining antebellum plantation home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas that hasn’t been extensively altered. It now serves as a museum focusing on the people and the culture of the Delta.

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Five Fun Fall Activities

September 21, 2015 5:15 p.m.
When the lazy hot days of summer pass and the cooler crisp air of fall moves in, the great outdoors beckons. The Natural State offers many ways to see the changing leaves up close or via sweeping pano...

Arkansas’s Fall Color Season is a Sight to Behold

September 21, 2015 6:30 a.m.
The annual changing of leaves from green to red, yellow, orange, gold, and burgundy is an eagerly awaited event by both Arkansans and visitors.  As any Arkansas fall color aficionado can tell you, how...

Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Motorcycle Rally Set for Sept. 23-26

August 28, 2015 3:36 p.m.
Bikes, Blues, & BBQ may be a motorcycle rally, but there’s plenty to do for riders and non-riders alike. Set for Sept. 23-26 in Fayetteville, here’s what to look forward to in each of the three Bs. Bi...

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Feb 13
- THRU - Feb 14

31st Annual ABATE D-1 Motorcycle Swap Meet & Ride-In Bike Show

Feb 13
- Feb 14
Hall of Industry, Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Little Rock, AR

Mar 05
- THRU - Mar 06

ABATE Rider Education Classes

Mar 05
- Mar 06
Rodney's Cycle House
Little Rock, AR

Mar 05

2016 Bikers for Change

Mar 05
Gospel Light Baptist Church
Hot Springs, AR



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