Route Description


One of Arkansas’s short but scenic motorcycle routes

This is one outstanding short route with the scenery and excitement a rider should expect from the Ozarks. There are no dud spots on this loop; every segment has a different personality and will not fail to please.

For this ride, you are best served to begin by traveling north on AR 7 - easily one of the most popular Arkansas motorcycle roads - toward Harrison, though you won’t go all the way into town. The stretch from Jasper to AR 206 is filled with white knuckle curves and beautiful scenery. Try not to get too awed with this portion of the ride, because it only gets better.

This part of AR 7 runs through predominantly heavy woodland, up from the Little Buffalo River, over the ridges, back down across the Buffalo National River at Pruitt Landing, then back out of the valley again, all the while providing top-flight pavement.

AR 206 winds through idyllic pastures and farmland, spotted with patches of woods. It runs toward Gaither Mountain, one of the prominent mountains in the Ozarks. This is an easy stretch with gently winding curves and displays rural Arkansas at its best.

AR 43 south immediately begins an 800-foot climb up Gaither Mountain with a beautiful view overlooking the Harrison area far below. AR 43 takes to the highland ridges with pastures giving way to heavy woods before beginning its serpentine run down to the Buffalo National River at Ponca.

AR 74 from Ponca to Jasper is a fantastic way to finish off one of the area’s most scenic motorcycle routes. The first two miles out of Ponca rise over 650 feet in vertical elevation from the Buffalo and is switchback after switchback, followed by 12 miles of backwoods Ozarks scenery with equally tight curves. Ponca to Jasper is technically challenging, drop-dead gorgeous and provides loads of riding enjoyment - everything you’re looking for in Arkansas motorcycle roads for your next adventure.

 

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