Route 19 312 Miles

Great River Road National Scenic Byway
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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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Motorcycle Dealers

Cochran Powersports
1700 S. Blake, Pine Bluff
Cycle and Marine Supercenter
3211 S. Camden Road, Pine Bluff
Outdoor Store Kawasaki
709 Highway 425 S, Monticello
White River Powersports
701 E. Michigan Ave., Stuttgart
B & R Marine & Cycle Inc.
840 Batesville Blvd. , Batesville
Barton Power Sports
1901-2 E. Service Rd., West Memphis
Barton Powersports
105 West Parker Road, Jonesboro
Hoglands Yamaha Honda
2501 E. Kings Highway, Paragould
Honda of Forrest City
4240 N. Washington St., Forrest City
J T Motor Sports
105 W. Park Road, Jonesboro
Jonesboro Cycle and ATV
2800 Fair Park Blvd. , Jonesboro
Ozark Motorsports
73 CR842 Hwy. 62 East , Henderson
Sunrise Yamaha Motorsports
700 Truman Baker Drive, Searcy
Harley-Davidson of Jonesboro
4500 Oliver Street, Jonesboro

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South East
Lake Village
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Wild Hog Music Fest and Motorcycle Rally - Helena-West Helena

Apr 23 Thu
4/23/2015 - 4/26/2015
Cherry Street Pavilion
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Fourche River Days Car & Motorcycle Show - Perryville

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The Steel Horse Rally - Fort Smith

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