Superb riding on Arkansas Scenic 7 and beyond
Begin by riding south on AR 7, and you’ll swear you hear banjo music on this ride through the Ozark backcountry. AR 374 immediately begins a winding descent run into a beautiful valley on a lightly traveled, very enjoyable road. The pavement of AR 123 out of Mount Judea (locally pronounced Mt. Judy) is seven miles of extremely challenging switchbacks and hairpins and a 1,000-foot climb onto a mountain ridge. The remainder of the ride on AR 123 to Arkansas Scenic 7 will convince you that this is one of the top Arkansas motorcycle routes - it’s nothing short of stunning, both ride-wise and scenery-wise.
AR 16 is an under-recognized motorcycle highway. The view from along AR 16 is very beautiful, and the road serpentine. It’s friendly to beginners but still fun for experienced riders.
AR 21 north from AR 16 is often considered one of the most scenic in the state. The road meanders down into the pristine headwaters of the Buffalo National River
through the gorgeous Boxley Valley. AR 43 begins at AR 21 and continues to Arkansas’s elk-central, Ponca. Be on the lookout for members of the local elk herd.
Out of Ponca, AR 43 scrambles up out of the Boxley Valley for the second 1,000-foot climb on this ride, this time over Gaither Mountain. Forests give way to more populated farmland approaching Harrison
. AR 206 offers views of farmland and rural life in the Arkansas Ozarks. Arkansas Scenic 7 winds its way back to Jasper, once again taking the rider along ridges and over mountains with dense forests.
All this scenic beauty is tied up with a twisty ribbon of pavement that crosses the iconic Buffalo National River at Pruitt Landing. This moderate-length loop is truly a remarkable tour of the heart of the Ozarks and one of the very finest Arkansas motorcycle routes