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.