Route 5 117 Miles

Peel Ferry Route
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Ride one of the finest motorcycle routes in Arkansas and Missouri

The 33 miles north on US 65 to Branson, Missouri, from Harrison is mostly rolling, scenic landscapes with broad horizons; however, the four-lane roadway makes it a fairly pedestrian ride.

MO 76 - better known as “the Strip” - descends into historic Branson and Branson Landing, on Lake Tannycomo. Traffic is sometimes heavy but lightens quickly as you escape downtown east on MO 76.

US 160 to MO 125 is an easy, pleasant ride, primarily through a wooded landscape. The highway is serpentine, though the curves are tight in spots. It runs through rolling hills across the top of the Ozarks plateau.

MO 125 is less winding and also narrower than US 160. It’s also not as forested with more farms and lake-area development. At the Ark/Mo line, it becomes AR 125 and crosses Bull Shoals Lake on the Peel Ferry. As you wait for the transport, you will probably encounter other riders also in the queue. And visiting with other riders is something all of the best motorcycle trips should have. The two-mile trip takes about 20 minutes. And if you miss the boat, just relax and embrace the wait. You will enjoy this leisurely excursion across Bull Shoals. This is the last ferry plying the waters of any lake or river in Arkansas and is a vital link for the area. It will probably be around for the foreseeable future, much to the delight of riders - it adds a little something to what’s already one of the most enjoyable motorcycle routes in Arkansas. The Peel Ferry runs daylight hours year-round.

After crossing the lake, AR 125 snakes its way along highland ridges, offering beautiful glimpses of the water. AR 14 is very serpentine, but with more development than AR 125. It’s a nice look at rural life in the Ozarks. AR 7 down to Harrison is less forested and gradually becomes more urban as it approaches town. Come on out and see what makes Peel Ferry one of the best motorcycle trips in The Natural State.

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Motorcycle Dealers

Bentonville BMW
13159 Wishing Springs Rd., Bentonville
Bigboar Powersports
2407 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers
Boat World
824 N. Main St., Harrison
DeVinney Motorsports
3323 N. Thompson St., Springdale
Extreme Sports
1013 Bennett Dr., Harrison
Freedom Powersports
2741 West Hudson Road , Rogers
Harrison Suzuki
219 N. Sycamore , Harrison
Heartland Honda
824 S. 48th St., Springdale
Honda of Russellville
220 Lake Front Drive, Russellville
Motovation Powersports
1205 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
Old Fort Harley-Davidson of Fort Smith
6304 South 36th Street, Fort Smith
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2409 Hudson Road, Rogers
Power Sports of Fort Smith
3731 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Rainbow Cycle and Marine
1100 Hudson Rd., Rogers
Rainbow Honda
808 SE 14th St., Bentonville
Road House Custom Cycles Inc.
15375 State Hwy. 22, Dardanelle
Rock Solid Powersports
4621 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Siloam Springs Cycles
1629 E. Main St., Siloam Springs
Suzuki Polaris of Russellville
120 East Parkway, Russellville
Valley Powersports
3215 E. Main Street , Russellville
Westark Yamaha
3109 Grand Ave. , Fort Smith
Wheeler Powersports
901 N. 11th Street, Fort Smith
Yamaha of Harrison
1429 Highway 65 N. , Harrison
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2047 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs

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